By Deanna Campbell
Inspired by my almost-two year old’s incessant 2am/4am/6am ramblings, I thought it best to air some of my most pressing kiddie concerns in a public forum, in the hope that someone, somewhere has some answers.
1) Is sleeping through the night before the age of 2 a myth…or am I just doing something wrong?
My boy has always been a restless sleeper. The first few weeks, he’d be up every two hours (which I’ve heard is pretty normal) and sleep soundlessly for eons at a time during the daylight resulting in an almost surreal state of zombieness on my part. Things did eventually get better although I have to admit that we’ve only ever had a sprinkling of all-nighters here and there.
We’ve done the necessary checks… tummy full, nappy dry, room comfortable – and still, come 3am, he’s up and ready to get into our bed. I can’t count the number of times someone has regaled me with stories of their 6-month old sleeping through the night (while I mentally shoot them in the face). Which brings me to my question… is this normal? Am I missing something? Will I ever have a full night’s uninterrupted sleep again?
2) Should I be worried about his lack of ‘normal’ social skills?
I’ve been incredibly lucky to have a close family member take care of my son for his first almost two years while daddy and I go through the motions of our busy careers. As he slowly nears the age when I’d ideally like to get him enrolled in a creche, I’m starting to worry about his lack of, should we say, comfortable, social skills.
Recently, while at a sandbox in a playground nearby, he approached a little girl that had taken one of his toys and refused to give it back. When he eventually realised that this was the case, he proceeded to throw a handful of sand in her face. Mortified much?
Should I be concerned that he doesn’t yet quite have proper interaction/social skills or will this develop when he starts school and begins interacting more with kids his own age?
3) The great nappy/formula debate…
My son turns two in November. He still wears nappies and he still drinks a toddlers growing up milk that comes in powder form. I’ve spoken to various mums who’ve potty trained at 2, while a few have waited till 3… Also, my little guy loves his formula…
How long should I wait until I decide to wean him off both?
Deanna spends her days buried in a jumble of words and her nights trying to balance family life and everything in between, all while doodling the name Grohl on her notepad and watching reruns of Supernatural. If it’s on TV, she’s seen it. If it’s the latest fad diet… she’s tried it. She’s got a lot to say.