originally posted by Matthew's Mommy
Brendan is 4 weeks old today. We've been on EASY for about 2 weeks now.
Our day kinda looks like this:
He's up, he eats, he gets changed, he looks around, he yawns, he gets swaddled and up he goes to his room for naptime routine.
Then things get a wee bit wonky. Depending on which nap it is, he will go down easy or not.
Nap routine: I swaddle him, I rock for a little bit and watch for the stages of falling asleep (I purchased Tracy's book again I had forgotton so much). As soon as he passes into stage 2, (his eyes start to go heavy), then I tell him "time for a good sleep" and I put him in his bed. I stay in the room, sitting on the rocking chair.
Sometimes, he will continue to fall asleep... if it's the morning nap, then my success rate is 95%. He'll stay down for 2 hours, and we repeat the EASY routine. HOWEVER, the following naps are such a struggle. I will do exactly the same things, but he has a hard time falling asleep.Then he gets upset and I am up there for a long time.
I'm sticking to it though. Because I was so sick with PPD, we had many people helping us, and Brendan slept in everyone's arms for the first 2 1/2 weeks of his life.
Brendan is a very wakeful little sprite. Matthew was sleepy for the first 6 weeks of his life. So this has definately thrown me for a loop.
Hope this gives a little bit of insight. We're still working on it.
With the later naps that you have trouble with, how long do you try to get him to sleep? What do you do? If he doesn't fall asleep, when do you start trying again? How many naps would you say he has?
Brendan, typically, has 3-4 naps a day. He eats 3-3 1/2 hours (bottlefed), about 4 oz. He kinda cycles his day, eats, looks around, yawns, and upstairs we go for his nap. As of Sunday, I was really struggling with putting him down for his naps/nightsleep. I have a consistent nap/bedtime routine, but I was patting and shushing for over an hour to get him to fall asleep on his own.
Then on Sunday afternoon, I kinda changed things up. I don't pat/shush as long, if he is settled and quiet then I leave him be.. if he is upset and crying, then I'll pat shush until he settles back down. I'm starting to see improvement already. Although I won't exhale until I am absolutely sure we are on a new course!!!
Brendan's last nap ends around 6:30, and I start his bedtime routine close to 7:00. We have a little bath together, and then I get him dressed and I give him a bottle while I cuddle him in the rocking chair. Last night, he was asleep by 8:00, which is total improvement from the past 3 weeks, where he would be screaming for 2 hours and I would end up bringing him to bed with me.
I am finding that Brendan likes repetition. I do and say the same things at his nap and bedtime routine. I also noticed that I was saying the same things when he became upset ("It's okay..It's okay) Today, he was crying a bit in his bed, I leaned over and whispered in his ear.. "It's okay" He settled down immediately!
I hope this helps.. we're on the right track but it will still take some more time. But it is a definate improvement from last week!!! (Oh my god! I was going insane!)