Sleeping Day 1 and 2

I think I am just going to post about our sleep training/scheduling as it is happening as a way of tracking it. I forget what I had for lunch by dinner, so I am not sure how else I would keep track. A journal, I suppose, but I would just lose it or Spencer would eat the pen. If you find it boring, skip it. If you have a suggestion, please let me know in the comments. At this point, I am open to almost anything.

Day 1 (Goal: 12pm nap, 8:30 bedtime) Spencer got up at his normal time, about 7:30. He played, at breakfast, played some more and we just hung out until about 11:30. I made him a big lunch and then nursed him to sleep. He fell asleep at noon on the dot. I took him upstairs, approached the crib, so far so good, lowered him gently on to the mattress and boom – wide awake. I tried nursing him back to sleep in the chair in his room so I could attempt to put him back in his crib, but he was having none of it. I am thinking at this point that the time of the nap is more important than the place, so I put him in the stroller and take him for a walk, he normally will fall asleep after about 20 minutes in. We walk around and I am kind of bored and tired, so we walk to the mall for a coffee (for me). Around and around we go with a wide awake baby in the stroller, so I give up. Two blocks from home, Spencer conks out in the stroller. I decided to take him out (first mistake) and try to put him in the pack-n-play in the house (second mistake). And he is wide awake again. I give up.

I thought he might take a mini nap after nursing in the afternoon, so I don’t stress about his 15 min of sleep. He never does. We give him an earlier bath than normal, at 7:15, and he is asleep after a bottle and nursing and goes in his crib without a fuss by 8:15 and I watch So You Think You Can Dance in peace.

Day 2 (Goal: 12pm nap, 8:30 bedtime) Spencer and I get up about 8, have breakfast with Hubs because it his day off and play all morning. I was going to try and run to Target, but it got too close to the goalĀ  nap time, so we decided to wait and see if he would go down. We feed Spencer lunch about 11:30, and I nurse him to sleep. I take him upstairs and put him in his crib. AND HE STAYS ASLEEP! I run to Target, leave hubs at home with the sleeping baby and I meant to hurry, but I needed stuff in every corner of the store. I get home about 12:45 and see my two cuties up and playing in the living room. Hubs says he slept until 12:30, which seems about right based on his past history of crib napping. Because I wasn’t home, I was unable to attempt to nurse him back to sleep, like I do when he wakes up during a lap nap.

Spencer never falls asleep during any of his nursing sessions during the afternoon, but after a fun romp in the kiddie pool, he passed out when I nursed him before dinner at 6. I don’t really want him sleeping, so I figured I would try and put him in the pack-n-play, which always wakes him up. AND HE STAYS ASLEEP. For almost 40 min. It probably would have been longer, but his diaper leaked. Not sure what to do about bedtime at this point and we decide on a wait and see approach. He gets pretty fussy about 8:30, so I give him his bedtime bottle and nurse him. Wide awake. Decide to let him play for 30 minutes and try again. Do this off and on until he falls asleep about 10:45. I take him up to his crib and he stays asleep. I’m not sure what time he woke up because I don’t remember, but we woke up this morning about 9 am sleeping together in the recliner in his room.

Summary:Day 1 – Failure Day 2 – Slight nap success, bedtime super failure

This is where I come clean about my approach. I have no method, I am following no book. I want a schedule, but have trouble enforcing it. I am freaked out about crying it out, but nothing else works. I read the Pantley book, but she recommends not nursing to sleep, but he will not be rocked or bounced to sleep, that only results in crying which makes me doubt she really has a “No Cry Sleep Solution” that works for my family. I think a trip to the bookstore and a quick scan of some books might be in order.

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One Response to “Sleeping Day 1 and 2”

  1. Suzanne says:

    We used the no-method approach as well and it went about the same for a long time. Every time we got even close to a schedule something (travel, teething, etc) would throw it off again. It REALLY helped to have my husband do bed/nap times whenever possible because it means the baby will sleep for either of us and without nursing. Mostly I credit our current happy sleeping situation (11am-ish nap – approx 2-3 hours and 8pm-ish bedtime – sleeps thru til 6:30-7 am) on Baby Evan’s own developmental readiness. It took 15 months to get here but now it is FANTASTIC.


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