A. just went down very nicely for his morning nap. I sure wish I’d worked on this with my other children. I have only tried to work with two others, besides A., on sleep teaching. In the past, sleep teaching went okay, but was more traumatic than it needed to be because I always found the timing tricky. The sleep books make it seem simple to tell when a baby is first tired, the magic window where putting them to bed will be quick and easy.
In reality, while I feel somewhat competent to judge whether or not a baby is tired, understanding a baby’s 90-minute rhythm gives me the back-up confirmation I need to be completely confident that I am putting a baby down at the right time. (I know I sound like a broken record with the 90-minute thing!) Without this confidence, it is easy to second guess myself and wonder if I have made a mistake putting baby to bed too early or too late. Shaky confidence is where sleep teaching will begin to break down…especially in the middle of the night when every cell in your body is begging you just to tuck the baby in beside you and drift off as you nurse back to sleep!
Our last 24 hours:
7:43am Woke for the day
Out of the house, AGAIN. I had an Eye Doctor appointment, so I had my 12yo son come along with us so that when we arrived, A. could stay nestled in his carseat and continue his nap while I went in for my appointment.
9:00am Fell asleep in car for Nap One
9:45am Woke Up (Nap One 45 mins)
10:54am Napped 22 minutes in baby carrier during our errands
1:54pm Bedtime Routine/Soothing (10 mins with lots of crying — maybe overtired?)
2:04pm Fell asleep for Nap Two-ish (we had that quick one on our errand)
4:41pm Woke Up (Nap Two-ish was 2h 37 mins)
7:00pm Bedtime Routine/Soothing (9 mins)
7:09pm Fell asleep for the night
1:17am Woke Up (I held back and then offered help)
1:19am Soothing (8 mins)
1:27am Fell asleep for 10 mins
1:37am Awake again, needed more help (6 mins)
1:43am Fell asleep
3:22am Woke Up; nursed 11 mins
3:33am Returned to co-sleeper; he fidgeted without fussing (chit-chatted to himself and sucked his fist a little) and drifted off beautifully
3:40am Fell asleep on own!
6:54am Woke up for the day
I thought it was quite a good night. I am continuing to work with A. on his going to sleep without needing so much patting. So far, so good.