Forget About the Haters
Your baby is gaining independence and determining his preferences, whether they be for certain foods, toys, or activities. What’s more? He’s not afraid to let you know. Might as well get used to it. He’s not about to let up on expressing his opinions any time soon.
If he’s still having difficulty sleeping, now might be the time to use his newfound independence to his (and your) advantage. While there’s controversy and disagreement among parents when it comes to letting babies cry it out, many pediatricians recommend helping babies learn to self-soothe sooner rather than later — and the fact that he’s becoming his own little man might be just the push you need to jump on this train. Of course, if crying it out simply isn’t right for you or your baby, co-sleeping may continue to be the better option. It’s all about assessing your own beliefs, safety considerations, and baby’s needs. You do what works for you and forget about the haters.
Good news for you! Now that your baby is gaining some more self-sufficiency, try setting her up in an Exersaucer or other playstation outside the bathroom while you take a long, hot, well-deserved bath. (Wine optional.) She’ll likely entertain herself just fine, and even if not, a few tears won’t do permanent harm. Really.