Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Anna Wahlgren: Great tips on Child Rearing and Infant Sleeping from the European best selling Author

I have been lucky enough to receive some exciting information on an Author who has written a book about child rearing.  I know that I love to read a good parenting book.  Anna Wahlgren has some awesome tips on raising children. She has advice on getting your little on to sleep, dealing with colic, coping with special needs or abnormalities and sibling rivalry.  All of those are a huge part of parenting and require a lot of attention.  I know expanding my family almost 4 years ago was a huge transition for my oldest son.  And now I am parenting 2 young boys who both have special needs. So I am really looking forward to reading Wahlgren's book! We have been lucky enough to receive some great tips from Anna's books!


Be the parent/leader. Establish routine with fixed times.
1. Make sure the baby is fed. If not, hunger will set in and you will be awakened
2. Place the baby on its tummy with its "shell" upward to prevent danger.
3. Gently and steadily "buff" the baby's bottom to convey calmness.
4. Sing or hum the bedtime jingle.

Avoid the permanent crisis mode. If you are upset, nervous, scared, your baby will be too.
1. Stick to the routine.
2. Don't pick up the baby.
3. Calm him or her where she is lying.
4. Convey reassurance of safety and security

Some advice on Sibling Rivalry.
1. A sister or brother is a life’s asset comparable to nothing.
2. Someone of your own generation is there who shares your background, biological origin and basic experiences in life. No love is as strong and lifelong as the love between two siblings who are close to each other. As a parent your main task is to prepare your child in the very best way for a life without you. One of the best ways to do that is to give your child a sibling.
3. Make it clear to the older siblings that “we belong together” and “we need each other.” We all count on each other and we wouldn’t manage as well without each other. The more clearly and reliably the belonging is confirmed among family members, the more strong and intense they will experience their togetherness, and the more positive their community will be. During your pregnancy, when your child asks you questions about the baby and its arrival, answer the questions but don’t expound on things the child doesn’t seem curious about. Your goal is to provide guidance.
4. When you are introducing the baby to its older siblings, do so in a quiet environment. This is a sacred moment and nothing should disturb it. This is the time for the child to touch and examine the new baby and become familiar with the baby.
5. If you have recently had your second child, you might not always be able to call on another adult to help you with your first.

Necessity is the mother of invention, and inventiveness (along with a certain knack for bribery) is a quality that you will definitely need. Sometimes the older child will have to wait, and sometimes the baby will. You will learn to tend to the baby’s needs and the needs of your older child simultaneously. Your arms will extend, and you will grow an eye in the back of your head.
It is important to try to rise above the chaos, stand by your older child and maintain your bond.
It should be emphasized that the whole flock should be looking after the new arrival.

Anna Wahlgren is a renowned Swedish author and journalist. She is the mother of nine children and grandmother to sixteen.  Hundreds of thousands of parents have relied on her books. Use these links to get a copy of each for yourself! For The Love of Children via Hardcopy & For The Love of Children via Kindle and  A Good Night's Sleep via hardcopy & A Good Night's Sleep on Kindle.

For all of you New York Mamas Anna will be doing a demonstration at the Brooklyn Library on April 24, Thursday, from 10:30-noon.


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  1. Very helpful and informative.

  2. This is so helpful going to be trying it!
    I have a 9 month old and he's never slept more then a few hours at a time. most he's slept before this week (hes sick) was 4 hours.
    I'm single & also have a 3.5 year old-and a one bedroom apartment. So we never really get sleep.
    Thanks for the helpful ideas!