Welcome to Baby Place’s new Parenting Blog.

As part of our continuing effort to build a parenting community here at Baby-Place.com, we’ve decided to add a Parenting Blog.

My name is J.T. Parker and I am a 27 year old father of two. They are Tehila, two years old and Ben, five moths old. I have been married to their mother, Julie, for three years.

I intend to write about problems and solutions (or attempted solutions) that I, as a young father, who is still pretty new to this whole parenting adventure face.

Right now i have two issues that I’m dealing with, one with each kid. Our two year old is a real daddy’s girl. I give her her bath and put her to sleep most every night. It’s our special, just the two of us, time together everyday. The problem is that as of late, she has started waking up in the middle of the night and she won’t calm down and stop crying until I come into her room. That I can deal with, but there are nights when she won’t fall back asleep unless I lay next down to her and talk to her in a calming voice. This can be a hard thing to do at 3:00 a.m. especially when I have to get up in a few hours. I know that I need to be firm with her and let her cry it out or else she’ll have sleep problems if I’m not around to comfort her. The thing is, she has me wrapped around her little finger and it BREAKS my heart to hear her crying in bed.

My second problem is with Ben. Thank God, he is nursing and so spends the vast majority of his time with his mother. I feel that it is hard for me to get close to him. Almost every time I hold him, he starts crying within five minutes and won’t calm down until Julie takes him. I know this is silly to be worried about this and that it will change as he grows older, but it doesn’t make it any easier to deal with.

I welcome any comments or suggestions on either or both problems.

That wraps up my first blog post. Hope you enjoy it and the many more to come.

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2 thoughts on “Welcome to Baby Place’s new Parenting Blog.”

  1. Dear J.T.,

    I know where you are coming from with both kids.

    For your daughter, she enjoys and perhaps needs your caring and emotional support so I would NOT recommend letting her “cry it out”. Remember she is only 2. She may seem like she is big (my oldest sure did when he was 2) but she is still quite small and emotionally fragile.

    I suggest that you try sleeping in her bed with her when she wakes up, which can be a lot easier to do at 3 AM than almost anything else. Better still, try bringing her into your bed. Kids seem to see this as an act of unconditional love and it has been very therapeutic for at least one of our kids.

    For the baby I know where you are coming from. Our 1.5-year old is VERY attached to his mommy. He wakes up screaming if she isn’t around and it has been almost impossible for me to get him back to sleep. I kept trying though and finally got a breakthrough! Recently his mother was out and I got him to fall asleep by letting him watch his favorite… screen-saver!

  2. hey jt my name is cheri and im pregnant with my first baby which is a boy im 34 weeks and my fiance is pretty nervous and exited and so am i, i can understand on the issue with your son, i plan to bottle feedmy son (jake) but im nervous about the relationship that he will have with my fiance because he works alot but do you think there is somthing i can do so i do not run into the problem your having with your son ben, i wish you and your wife julie all the best with tehila and ben, as for your daughter let her cry i know its hard being daddys litlle girl and all but from what ive been told discipline should start at a early age, so be a tough daddy, ask your wife for help if needed, thanks for letting me respond

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