Debunking 6 Moms on Call Myths
What have you heard about Moms on Call? Today, we are taking some time to debunk six of the most commonly heard myths about the Moms on Call method.
We know that there are thousands of ways to get through this thing we call parenting. We also know that regardless of the methods you choose to raise your children, they are deeply loved. And even if you and your best friend are doing completely different things, you are both incredible parents. At Moms on Call, our goal is to make sure that you have the best information possible to make your decision about the methods that you choose to use. So today, we are busting the most commonly heard Moms on Call myths.
Moms on Call Myth #1
“Moms On Call uses a VERY strict schedule.”
Let’s face it, babies thrive off of routines. And what we provide in the typical day routines are a guideline, with a grace period on either end to accommodate your life. We even provide “Crazy Day” tips because we know that in reality, things don’t always go as planned.
The typical day routines include feeding about every 3 hours during the day for newborns and lengthen the stretches as our babies grow older. We focus on a minimum of two naps a day, when you can. And strive to hit that bedtime routine whenever possible — bath, tender time, feeding then bed.
Moms on Call Myth #2
“Moms On Call believes in babies sleeping through the night at 2 weeks of age.”
At 2 weeks of age, once baby is past their birth weight, they can eat on-demand at night.
The three key things that have to be in place consistently are: bedtime routine, swaddling correctly (the MOC way) under 3 months of age and using a sound machine.
At a high-level, here’s how we help to guide you through getting those longer stretches of sleep each night as the baby gets older. For all of the details, see our Online Video Courses and books. Before you know it, you and baby will both be sleeping through the night!
- 2-4 weeks: 2 feeds most nights
- 4-8 weeks: 1 feed most nights. May still have a night with 2 feeds.
- 8-10 weeks: 1 feed most nights, with an occasional sleep through the night. YAY!
- 10-12 weeks: You may start to get more through the night, more nights than not.
- At 12 weeks of age, they are sleeping through the night with occasional bumps in the road for developmental breakthroughs.
Moms on Call Myth #3
“Moms On Call is just another cry it out method”
Not all crying it out is the same. When baby is under 12 weeks of age and wakes at nap or middle of night, we encourage waiting just a few minutes before intervening. Parents get to determine what they are comfortable with. The purpose of waiting a few minutes is to make sure baby is awake and determine whether they are in need of soothing or if it is time to feed.
Once baby is 12 weeks of age and major transitions are happening — like getting rid of the swaddle, learning to roll over, or exploring foods — there is some crying that happens. With the MOC guidelines and key elements in place, we can get through this within a few days with confidence. Confidence from knowing that your little one is safe, loved and ready for this new freedom.
Moms on Call Myth #4
“Moms on Call is a sleep training method”
Moms on Call is about creating great habits that result in longer stretches of sleep. Although we are known for helping families get more sleep, we are SO much more than that.
Not only do we cover sleeping, routines and naps in our books and Online Video Courses, but we also go through basic newborn care — like putting diapers on, clipping nails, feeding positions and feeding guidance, including amounts and how to start solids. Once we grow out of the infant phase, then we walk you all the way through toddlerhood. We help you understand how your toddler is uniquely and beautifully designed and teach you how to effectively communicate with them.
For one-on-one support, we also have certified MOC consultants that will personalize and partner with your through all the day to day realities.
Moms on Call Myth #5
“Moms On Call isn’t “breastfeeding” friendly”
At MOC, we support all types of feeding with the same goal in mind, ensuring little ones are healthy and gaining weight properly. We always encourage nursing moms to reach out to a lactation consultant to help navigate breastfeeding if baby has weight issues or supply diminishes. Check out Moms on Call’s IGTV to watch Laura talk more about this!
In fact, some of the Certified MOC consultants are also lactation consultants and can help navigate your journey if needed.
Moms on Call Myth # 6
“Moms On Call is a miracle book.”
The goal was to make our books as simple and concise as possible. However, they are not magic. It takes hard work, consistency and understanding that some days are great and some days we fly by the seat of our pants. Let’s be real, that’s parenting!
We want our families to find that sweet spot of flexibility and routine, predictability and freedom. And although we tried, some situations aren’t covered in the books. For this, we have created extensive resources that are available at your fingertips! Our Online Video Courses were designed to compliment our books perfectly and in them we walk you through many more essentials and recap the important ones, giving detail, examples, pep talks and FAQ’s answered directly with Jennifer and Laura. Plus, new content is regularly added to the Online Video Course Library that is exclusive to members!
For personalized, one-on-one support we have certified MOC consultants who walk with you, answering and providing a plan for your specific situation and journey.
So, although “Miracle” isn’t the word we would use, we are forever grateful to be a part of each of your parenting stories.