I was talking to a new dad today who told me that he wasn’t enjoying waking his son to eat if he slept longer than three hours.
“You what now?” I asked.
“We wake him up to eat. You know? You have to wake them up so they don’t starve or something,” he said.
“Oh yeah,” I said remembering I was also told to do this with both my kids.
I didn’t, though. Did you? I just didn’t see right to me. They were both big babies, and I figured they’d let me know when they were hungry.
I told this guy that I didn’t do that with either kid. He looked at me half with surprise and half with a look like he had to call his wife immediately and tell her they actually didn’t have to do that.
<This is where I write my standard “do what’s best for your family and I will to” disclaimer.>
It’s funny, though. We’re told to do this when years ago new parent weren’t. Also, I’ve experienced many changes in what I’m “supposed” to do with eight-month-old Reagan that I was told not to do with Lincoln, 4, when he was a baby (and vice versa). There are foods I’m told Reagan can eat now, like eggs, that I was told (by the same doctor) Lincoln shouldn’t until after he was one. Our parents were told things that we’d be put to shame for doing, and I’m sure that goes back for generations.
What were you told differently throughout your pregnancies or from kid to kid? What were you told that you didn’t follow?