Sleep Sense Training - Day 2
Boy oh boy, this kid is gonna be tough to break. Mommy just might break first!
Here's how the first night and the first day with nap training went...
8-8:45 PM - crying
Bedtime at 8pm, cried 45 minutes and then passed out in a kneeling position up against the crib. I laid him down and he slept for 4 hours. YAY!! GOOD START!!! I go to bed around 11am, regretting this delay...
8:45 PM - 1 AM - sleeping like an angel!!
1 - 2:40 AM - crying
Awake and crying for a while (I hid under the covers and he didn't realize I was in the room). After 20-30 minutes he would go silent, I would peak out of my covers and see him passed (kneeling leaning against the rail). I lay him down. He wakes up crying. Repeat the cycle about 4 times. Finally I decide to just leave him sleeping like that. At 2:40 he's finally sleeping. Ugh.
2:40 - 6 AM - sleeping
6 - 8 AM - crying
Wakes and cries for half an hour. I decide maybe he's hungry so I nurse him but make sure he doesn't fall asleep at the breast (this is the #1 sleep prop we're trying to break the habit of). Put him back in his crib at 6:40 awake. He cries for another hour and a half.
8-10 AM - sleeping
Glorious sleep for both of us!! He wakes up super happy and adorable, thank goodness he doesn't hate me... yet... mommy needs a coffee! after taking care of my exploding booby (the one that didn't see action at 6:30am)! haha!
But now I have a dilemma. The schedule I'm trying to get him on is 8pm-8am sleep, with naps at 10:45 AM and 3:15 PM. But he just woke up at 10 AM... hmmm... so we altered a bit...
12 - 1:10 PM and 1:30 - 2 PM - crying
At 1:10 he fell asleep, against the rail AGAIN but he was not getting good sleep as you can see in the video below, he kept sitting up and falling forward, in a twilight kinda sleep poor guy. But he woke when I tried to lay him down 20 minutes later. Sleep Sense says if baby wakes from a nap in less than 1 hour, try to get them to fall asleep again but if they won't after 25 minutes or so give up. Well, that's what I did at 2pm, just in time to make our 2:15pm co-op class! Somehow he was a good boy in class, there's always lots of fun distractions for him, it's only at home he's a cranky pants!
2-4 PM - awake & decent mood
4-5:40 PM - crying
I was sure he would go right down for a nap after our very energetic class! But, no such luck.
5:40 PM - 8 PM - great nap!!
Unfortunately, this SCREWS us for tonight... he's supposed to be going down for the night now. Instead he's waking up from an amazing nap. No idea what I'm supposed to do. This sleep training this is for the friggin birds. UGH!! I just woke him up at 8 and he was happy and hugged me super tight. I guess I'll just let him play til around 10:30pm??
11/8/2013 12:56:23 pm
There will always be days when you go out and his schedule will be off. I think if he has a late nap, just postpone bedtime the same number of hours that there would normally be for a preferred nap to bedtime schedule. Exa: preferred schedule, takes nap from 3:15-5:00pm, bedtime 8:00pm, 3 hours between end of nap and bedtime. So if he wakes up from nap at 8:00pm, bedtime at 11:00pm. Of course if he is acting tired put him to bed earlier. Hopefully the next day you can attempt to have him closer to your desired schedule. Just my thoughts.
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