Principle: Prepare for Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting

Frequently Asked Questions

I have a two-year-old, and I'm almost due with my second child. Is there a way to encourage them to nap at the same time without resorting to sleep training?

Our best advice is to try not to worry in advance. It's good to anticipate and seek strategies, but the secret to parenting is being flexible and going with the flow. Parenting is unpredictable, so the more flexible you are, the more relaxed you'll be. Enjoy getting to know your newborn, and when he is sleeping you can give your older son some individual attention. If you find yourself becoming exhausted, call in reinforcements. A mother's helper (or a teenager or trusted friend) can be of tremendous help during the early weeks.

I'm pregnant with my second child, and my son no longer naps. How can I survive if I'm up all night with the baby and up all day with my son?

First, you might have a very different experience with your second baby -- you may find that you are more relaxed, and that both of you sleep better at night. If the baby is in close proximity, and you can meet her needs without too much disruption, you might get a better night's sleep than you had with your first. It's best to keep an open, positive attitude, but, at the same time, prepare ahead!

Do you have any resources available for parents seeking Attachment Parenting (AP)-friendly providers?

We are currently getting the new AP-friendly Professionals Program underway. Doctors who join the API AP-friendly Professionals Program state that they support Attachment Parenting and also support API. A list of these doctors can be found here. We are just beginning this program, so please check back often as more providers are entered.

Here are a few other suggestions for finding a supportive, AP-friendly doctor:

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