So I really can’t complain. My child is a sleeping champ. I actually just put her down wide awake without a sign of sleepiness in sight and she was fast asleep in 5 minutes. With that being said…her sleeping patterns are changing so fast!
First, let me remind you of her old habits. She normally would get up around 5:45-6am. She has a bottle every 3 hours. It used to be at her 9am-ish bottle she would fall asleep for 30-45 minutes. A little mini nap. Then at her noon bottle it would be hit or miss whether she would nap. There was usually an hour long nap in there somewhere. You could just never be quite sure when. Because of this she would be exhausted and ready for bed a lot of days by 5:30pm. This was always kind of sucky when I worked. I would get her around 4pm and she would be ready for bed so quick. It was like we never got to see her!
Well now it looks like she is going to the big girl nap schedule and taking just one long one a day. She acts pretty sleepy at her 9am bottle but hasn’t been actually falling asleep. At her noon bottle though she will go down for usually an hour and 45 minutes. I do like this better. It means I get almost 2 hours to pick up the house she has managed to destroy in the 6 hours she has been awake. This can also be used as workout time and starting next week I will be back in school as well.
And I wish it ended there…but that pesky time from her 9am bottle until her noon bottle…she is a grouchy mess! I understand she is making a pretty huge transition with this change but wow. She loses her mind over everything. She drops her toy and bursts into tears! I think being a new walker has a large part of this grumpiness as well. I have read as children are starting to develop and learn new big milestones, their minds are just overwhelmed with all the new developments.
I am hoping in another week or so she is used to these new changes. For now, I just play her some Baby Einstein and play with her as much as possible to keep her occupied. Fingers crossed the adjustment period goes quickly for all of us!
Well that title may be a little bit deceptive since we kind of got lucky in this department from what I hear. We had a rough couple weeks when baby girl was first born and then we got pretty lucky after that! I asked a million parents what their patterns were to help their new borns sleep and, as always, different things work for different people. So I can tell you what worked for us!
Like I mentioned, the first four weeks were rough! The only place she thought she needed to sleep was on my chest. I would cat nap with her on my chest in my husbands recliner from about 11pm-5 or 6am. At that time daddy would get up and let her sleep on him and let me go sleep in our bed for usually 2-3 hours and then he would come get me when she was ready to nurse again. We had tried swaddling, she HATED it. We tried warming up a blanket and swaddling her in it. We put a heating pad in her bassinet for a few minutes to warm up her spot before we put her in it. The longest any of these things worked was 1.5 hours. Usually it was only 30-45 minutes and then I would be out on the recliner with her snoozing on my chest.
Two of my best friends came to meet the baby when she was about 3.5 weeks old. One of them mentioned something called a mamaRoo. This thing saved our lives! Her first night in it she slept for 5 hours. 5 HOURS! I woke up freaked out like something was wrong with her. When I realized she was still sleeping I felt like a brand new woman. 5 hours felt like 12! I know there are safety warnings on swings and most infant apparatuses that say do not left infants sleep in them. What we loved about this thing was it had an automatic shut off. Granted when it shut off she usually woke up, but it was better than what we had been working with!
She slept in the mamaRoo for about 4 weeks and we decided she was doing so well we would switch her back to a bassinet and it worked! By 8 weeks she was sleeping 8 hours through the night. This was the time we realized if we told other parents with infants this we may get slapped.
She has been a fairly great sleeper since then. Around four months she decided to start waking up at 1am and most nights I would be able to nurse her for 20 minutes or so and she would go back to sleep. Other nights it would be a 2 hour situation and it was not fun. We started to wonder if her bed was big enough. She was still sleeping in our room with us and I could hear her tossing and turning so we decided to upgrade her to the Lullago. It seemed to help and there she was-back to sleeping away. Around 4.5 months is also when she started teething for the first time also, so that may have contributed to the changes in sleep patterns.
So now, at 9.5 months, she sleeps between 10-12 hours a night and usually takes two 30-45 minute naps at daycare. From what I understand most babies sleep longer than that at nap time. I have never been too concerned with this since she sleeps SO much at night.
The one downside of all this sleeping? It feels like during the week we do not get much time with her! Since she doesn’t nap too much she is usually ready for bed between 6-6:30pm so it ends up being about 2.5 hours we get to play a night. And with dinner, bath time, and any errands that may need to be done, some nights it just stinks. On the other hand I get to write these blogs while she snoozes away! I am going to enjoy this while I can.
Our first night together!