Great thread ladies. Our sleep has been okay at night. I usually nurse/bottle feed her to drowsiness, then put her in her crib. I hold her hands gently down to her side (I think she likes that feeling from when she was swaddled) and wisper sh sh sh sh. We have a large box fan right next to her crib on the floor blowing out towards the door. I turn it up full blast! I also am a firm believer in white noise. Kayla still uses a small fan in her room. If she wakes up after this routine, I go in, and see if she is stuck or if she has thrown up on herself. If not, then I just put her back at the top of the crib and try and calm her by holding her hands down again and saying sh sh sh. She has been (*knocks on wood*) sleeping for about 10-12 hours a night. If she does get up, I am lazy and bring her into bed with me.
Naps are another issue. She doesn't like to nap in her crib. I am working on sleep training with naps. We are trying the comfort then put down routine. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I am not too worried about it, since we are going to Disney next week, I will work on it when we get back.
I look foward to seeing what everyone has to say!
What kind of schedule are you using? Do you have a firm nap time, so that she knows when to expect it?
Ours looks like this:
6:30-7am: Loud, cheerful wakeup so that he knows it's not sleepy time anymore. Eat, play, ect.
Two hours later at 8:30-9am he gets a nap for 1.5-2 hours.
Eat, play, ect next.
Two to three hours later at 12:30-1:30 he goes down for another 1.5-2 hour nap. If he wakes too early then he'll get another short nap (30-45 minutes) at 4pm. But I won't let him sleep past 5pm because that will interfere with his bedtime of 7pm.
So far our successes are great! He's going down to sleep easier. He's waking more rested. And last night, in the middle of the night, he woke up and fussed for a 1.5-2 minutes and then fell right back asleep!!! That's HUGE for us, as he's never put himself to sleep in the night before. Mind you, he was still up 6 times last night, but that's better than last week's 8-10 times a night.
Way to go Emily, sounds like your plan is working!
Your question about schedules and naps. That is the problem, I am a softie and I have not enforced a daytime schedule. We do stick to a strict 7pm bedtime routine though. I need some time in the evenings to chill with the hubby!
That said, she does put herself on somewhat of a daytime schedule. She seems tired about 1.5 - 2 hours after she gets up. I attempt to put her in her crib for a nap. Sometimes she will sleep for 1/2 hour, other times, not at all. The afternoon naps are what is killing me! I know she is tired, but she will not go down. She used to sleep in her swing and it worked for a while. But she is too alert now and interested in what is going on to do that.
I really shouldn't give advice because sleep is not going very well here but I've read many books and my son was a beautiful sleeper. I just don't have the time or energy to implement what I know should work.
White noise is a must. I've recently bought the dimmest nightlight I could find for middle of the night wakings and that seems to have helped Esme. At least she goes right back to sleep now after waking to eat. A relatively firm schedule (or routine) really helped Xavier. I am going to implement that any day now for Esme LOL. An early bedtime (we do 6:30pm) is essential for my kids. The later they go to bed then the earlier they get up in the morning, doesn't make sense but it is true.
I've also recently added a light blanket and lovey to Esme's crib. She is mostly asleep when I lay her down, but I continue to hold her one arm close to her body, place the blanket over her, then lay her lovey next to her arm. I also continue to sing or shhh during this, more often now it only takes 1 or 2 tries to keep her eyes closed and go to sleep rather than multiple stressful attempts at the "transfer" of the recent past.
What is a "lovey"? Like a small blanket or stuffed animal? I am still afraid to put something in there with Allie.
We have a small bear dressed as a rabbit that has no small pieces that could come off. I feel comfortable giving it to her now bc she rolls both ways, reaches for things and is relatively coordinated so I'm absolutely sure that it is safe. A lovey can be a stuffed animal or a small blanket, something that makes the child feel secure. One tip is to hold the lovey close to you before putting your LO to sleep so that it smells like you and that adds to the comfort.
If I put Esme down for a nap at 8:30 (she gets up at 6:30am) and it is only a short 45min nap then what do I do? Stay with her until 10am trying to convince her to sleep? That won't be easy with a toddler running around. Or let her get up but keep her awake until the next naptime at 12:30?
I love this thread! Getting more sleep is a huge issue for us right now. It seems that most of you are having problems getting your kid to sleep, and that's what most of the advice is about. Dina goes to sleep well with her paci, my problem is that she wakes up every 2 to 3 hours for feedings. How do I get her to stop that? I am not comfortable with CIO, and I feel that if she's hungry then of course I'm going to feed her, right? My pediatrician said that at this age, she is just waking up because of bad habits and that she shouldn't have to wake up that often for feedings.
Any advice, ladies?
Ada slept through the night from about 3 months until 5 months. Now she's waking up in the middle of the night at least once!!!! She won't take a bottle or eat solids yet, so she's still EBF. I'm assuming since she's getting bigger, she really does need more food and that's why she's waking up. I could be wrong, but that's my current theory. Patting or rocking won't work when she wakes up, only feeding her will make her happy. She goes right back to sleep after she eats.
We have a fan in her room for white noise. She goes to sleep on her own. It's rare that she will fall asleep with me rocking her. She'll fall asleep on the boob, but wakes up the second I take it away. She's a thumb sucker, so she finds her thumb as soon as she lays down.
She takes long naps during the day -- up to 4 hours at a time! She usually only takes 2 naps a day. It's very hard to keep her up, but I won't let her go to sleep until 7:30pm. My older DD wouldn't go to sleep until around 10pm when she was this age, so this is different for us!