WWTBWD? What would the Baby Whisperer do?

The Baby Whisperer has earned my eternal gratitude. It was her middle-of-the-road approach (i.e. not making the baby cry it out, but also not letting the baby sleep in my lap) that got Z into her bed, and it’s been mostly successful with Maverick.


The little stinker is DETERMINED to flip onto his stomach. It’s like his Life Goal as soon as I put him in the crib. Head over, swing the swaddled legs over, onto the side, then onto stomach. And then what? He snuffles and complains because he has a face-full of organic mattress. Yay, fun! Let’s do it again as soon as Mama puts me on my back.

What would the Baby Whisperer do? I borrowed her big book from the library: The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems, which is a pretty ambitious title until you read the parenthetical part: (By Teaching You How to Ask the Right Questions).

But I haven’t read it yet.

I do know she’s okay with putting babies on their sides to sleep.

Sorry, I’m far too paranoid, and too plagued by nightmares of SIDS, to try that. If Homes & I had our way, we’d be attaching Velcro to the sheets and to the back of Maverick’s swaddler. Duct tape has been another tempting solution.

What would the Baby Whisperer do? I don’t know, and I might never get around to reading this library book because I found 189 things I want to fix in my manuscript.

So I stand at the head of Maverick’s crib, patiently pushing him back into place. Sometimes I let him get all the way onto his stomach, because, I admit it, he looks kinda funny that way, like a lost slug or a baby mental patient in a straight jacket, and his snorts never cease to amuse me.

I don’t let him snort for long, though, before I flip him over again.

And again and again.

[Update: I wrote this on Sunday, then experimented with NOT swaddling him on Monday and Tuesday. Epicfail. He’d get so mad about losing his thumb/fist that he’d freak out even more. So, back to swaddling.]


  1. Deana Barnhart · July 25, 2012

    HA!!! I love the Velcro idea! That cracked me up:)

    • Beth Hull · July 25, 2012

      Ha! Yes, it’s funny. And oh-so-tempting.

  2. PB Rippey · July 25, 2012

    Maverick! You little dickens! I vote for Velcro. That’s great he’s rolling, though. Just not at sleeptime…Are you down to 175 things instead of 189?

    • Beth Hull · July 25, 2012

      I got all 189 things done! Huzzah! Took me forever, though.

  3. Randi · July 27, 2012

    Mmmmm, I think I spot a future wrestler!

    • Beth Hull · July 27, 2012

      He’s very strong and determined, so that sounds about right!

  4. Shaz · July 27, 2012

    Swaddling L. With her arms out fixed this problem for me. She can’t turn over her arms yet, but we’ll see if that’s true in a few months…

    • Beth Hull · July 27, 2012

      The problem with that for Mav is he’ll find his thumb, then lose it & smack himself in the face. Then he’s ANGRY. As soon as we find something that works, they switch it up again.

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