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Sleep Update

July 6, 2009

Our sleep experiment is going well… at least for Ainsley. 

We are not following the Sleep Lady’s methods to a “T”, but I think that I will give her methods a try with kid #2 (you know… whenever that happens). Like I said in the last post on this, we began some scheduling changes last week already. Today kicks off “serious sleep scheduling”. To me, this means we have to be diligent about naps, bedtime, and the 7:00 a.m. start to each day (it’s been around 6:30a the past two days, which is just too early). 

Here is the schedule we’re following, in conjunction with Ainsley’s “sleep windows” (the period of time in which she is ready to fall asleep before she gets a second wind). 

  • 7:00a: Rise and shine, nurse, eat breakfast
  • 8:45a: Watching for sleepy signs, winding down for nap
  • 9:00a: Nap #1 in the crib (asleep within 20 minutes, I hope)
  • 10:30-11:00a: Wake up from Nap #1
  • 12:00-12:30p: Nurse, eat lunch
  • 12:45-1:00p: Watching for sleepy signs, winding down for Nap #2 (she seems ready for sleep a little later than this… she prefers a nap closer to 1:30-2:00, I think).
  • 1:30p: I like her to be down for Nap #2 by this time. It takes her a long time to wind down once she’s in her crib. I’m still learning her window for Nap #2.
  • 3:30-4:30p: Wake up from Nap#2 (depends on when she fell asleep), nurse
  • 5:00-6:00p: Sometime in this hour, she eats dinner
  • 6:30p: Bath
  • 6:45p: Final nurse for the night (usually very short, very social, lights on, singing, etc.), then family time in her room winding down, stories, songs, lights out, say goodnight to all her things
  • 7:00p: Bedtime (much earlier than her previous 8:oo-8:30p)

Sometimes she’ll cry out overnight. The first two nights were difficult — she was so accustomed to her 2-3 feedings. She cried 2-3 times, off and on for up to 20 minutes. Scott and I were/are so tired! Now she’s better at sleeping through those times. If she does wake and cry, she goes back to sleep within 5 minutes. This is how we know that her overnight feedings were out of habit, not need. 

We are working up to 3 hours of naptime per day (much better than her previous single one-and-a-half hour nap in the afternoon!). In between all the eating and sleeping during the day, we focus on play time, walks, errands, watching squirrels… 

I’m wildly sleep deprived, so I’m going to lay down now. (Wish you could do the same, Scott!)

Sweet dreams…

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  1. Meg permalink
    July 7, 2009 3:56 pm

    Glad to hear its going well.
    Our doctor recommended “The No Cry Sleep Solution” by Elizabeth Pantley which is also great, and, like you with the book you are using, I think I will use is from the beginning with our NEXT baby which will be easier than breaking up habits of already stubborn baby #2 in our family :O)
    I like it because she tells you to do what comes naturally to you and change things slowly and gently for baby’s sake and for yours!
    And take care that we’re not sleeping through the night consistently yet either, so Ainsley and Hazen must be in this plot against Mommy and Daddy together 😉 But they’re both getting there, woohoo!

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