I mentioned in my last post about using the Moms On Call method, and a few of you were wanting to know more. I'd like to share my great experience so far. Mom's On Call has no idea I am writing this, I just love to share a good thing when I find one.
I first learned about MOC through other blogs and Twitter. When I found out that I was expecting again I began to do a little research about them and see what they were about. There were SO many rave reviews that I decided to give it a try.
When I was a new mom with Keating I had no idea what I was doing. I don't think that reading every book in print can prepare you for the endless sleepless nights with a colicky baby. I only wish I had known about MOC then. Since I will be going back to work in a few short weeks, I know that getting on a schedule and sleep training is really important. With Keating I used Babywise, which worked for us but I found that the scheduling was a little more complicated and it was more stern in its cry it out method
The Moms are both nurses with many children between the two of them. They have great experience and know what works. I like that they speak from personal experience and not some man that thinks he knows what it is like to be a mom... Because lets face it... It's us that does the hard work... Not the dads!
They offer in home consultations and an online seminar. I chose the online seminar as a refresher to prepare for Archer's arrival.
For the first two weeks you allow the baby to determine when mealtime is. For Archer it was every three hours. Then at two weeks you can start following the recommended schedule. Our daytime routine did not change much but we began following the nighttime routine to the T. Since we have, he will sleep from 9:30 until 2:30 or 3am and then again until around 7. We even had one night that he slept from 9:30 until 7am without waking at all!!! At four weeks we will begin working on pushing back his middle of the night feeding.
The videos also teach you how to swaddle a baby, which is the only way Archer currently likes to be swaddled. All of the woombies and swaddle me blankets offer too much wiggle room for now. As soon as I get him swaddled up in his little burrito, he instantly relaxes. It's another thing I wish I had known how to do with Keating. My kids apparently like being in little baby straight jackets! They also offer handy pointers for bath time.
The thing I love most about it, is that they allow room to make your own choices... If you want to bottle feed, great... If you're nursing, That's good too... They don't encourage you to lock the bedroom door and make the baby cry all night long. It's not a brutal cry it out technique. They also make great recommendations. They recommend the cheapest bottles that you can buy... I was skeptical at first but they work great and cost four bucks for three bottles. Can't beat that!! The fancy "anti-colic" bottles I used with Keating were about ten dollars a piece and had to be ordered online. Now I can pick them up anywhere if I lose them and they work just as well. Very handy indeed.
So if you already cant tell, I am a huge fan of MOC. I plan on getting a subscription for new moms as a shower gift I love it so much!! If you still arent convinced you can read the tons of great reviews on their site. I am definitely looking forward to getting the next chapter of the Moms On Call and preparing for what's to come.