Sunday, January 24, 2010

Week 22

We had more sleep progress. Liv on most nights is falling asleep in her crib after bein put down awake, and she is down to one night feeding from 7-7. There is hope for sleep. I have read so many sleep books and so many have mixed suggestions and mixed standards of how much your LO should be sleeping or eating at night. Many said that Liv should be able to sleep through the night. I was begining to think they were right, but when she woke up she seemed hungry. So on her own she just gave up one night feeding. She still eats around 12, but does not wake up to eat again till she is up for the day. I am glad I listened to my heart and what I felt she needed. Now I am hoping that when we have solids down a bit she will being sleeping through the night. But I have to admit, I do like the one feeding, getting up in the night and spending a little extra time with her. There is never enough time in the day imo so I like this little extra time.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Week 20

So we made it through the week 19 sleep regression. Liv has never been the best sleeper, but she has made great improvements. The worse night of the week 19 sleep regression she was up every 2 hours. The next night she slept from 7:30-6:30 waking only once!! She also rolled over that morning so I don't know if that goal helped her sleep. She hasn't done that great since then, but it is so much better. She is waking 2-3 times a night sleeping from 7:30ish to 8ish, sometimes 9. She has also been going down much easier for naps, but they are still mostly no longer then 45min so I will be working on that next.
I give credit to this to me, of course, but also to The No Cry Sleep Solution and Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Baby. They both had great ideas and tips to help me help Liv sleep. Healthy Sleep Habits is pro cry it out, but he mentions how it may not be needed if you can get your baby down before they are over tired. I am not really for CIO, especially in a baby this young. It took about 3 weeks of following my sleep plan to get her sleeping much better. I dont think this is much better results they a CIO would get, so I am glad I did not go that way.
Being patient with Liv she finally got used to a routine and now knows, its sleep time I'm ready. Its amazing how much sleep she needs, but for the times she is awake she doesn't fuss, is so happy and social. Since I found how much sleep she needs, and respect and protect that we are both much happier.