Lets Be Honest Mamas: Sleeping
I've teamed up with some awesome women from #letsbehonestmamas group to share about all sleeping. Something all moms are talking about in every season is sleep! How can we get more of it? Will my baby ever sleep? Those are super common questions I've received and have personally asked. Sleep changes with each and every baby and during every milestone. I still find myself asking other moms about their sleep schedules or routines. Make sure to head over to all the other blogs connected below to read about their journeys and tips with sleep! P. S I couldn't use real photos of Olive sleeping because her room is pitch black and she wakes up if I even turn the door handle. So instead here she is playing with her baby sisters bassinet from Plum & Sparrow and super soft blanket.
How well does your babe(s) sleep? Sleeping through the night? Taking good naps? None of the above? We are currently in a really sweet spot. She sleeps through the night and most days takes one 3 hour nap. Even though, some days she only takes an hour nap I'm thankful she sleeps through the night!
Olive has always been a really great napper. We always did the 2,3,4 system. First nap is 2 hours after she wakes up in the morning, then 3 hours after that nap, then bedtime 4 hours later. For us it was more like the 2,2,3 system until she changed to one nap per day. The one nap per day was a huge transition and took about two months of craziness to finally get down. She decided she was ready for one nap a day and I tried so hard to fight for two. Obviously she knew what she wanted so thats probably why it took 2 months.
Have you or are you planning to “sleep train”? How did you go about it? At first we started to sleep train when she was 6 weeks old. Then she wouldn't fall asleep on us at all she would only fall asleep in her crib and it broke my heart. She was too tiny not to snuggle up to us. So I broke her of the tiny bit of training we did and then she didn't sleep through the night until a year old. But we are still nursing, so once we night weaned she slept through the night.
I honestly think we all come to a time in our childs sleep where we are like "WE NEED TO SLEEP TRAIN" for us that was when I decided we needed to night wean. I wrote a post about night weaning HER E.
Describe your baby's bedtime routine. Are there any products or methods you do to promote sleep? I use to put her to sleep every night but once we weaned it was much easier to have Austin put her to sleep. So now I nurse her before she eats dinner, she eats, takes a bath and Austin and her play in her room (with the door closed so she can't run out) for 10-15 minutes. Then he says ready to go "night night" and she grabs her sleep sack and llama and he rocks her until she's either asleep or still.
She always sleeps with her Llama + Sun from BlablaKids and is still in her Dock-A-Tot. We have both sizes of the Dock-A-Tot and they have really helped her feel comfortable when sleeping on her own. We will definitely be using something similar with the next baby. We also just started using black out curtains and I don't know why we waited so long. They have really helped make putting her down for a nap so much faster.
Did you try to create a “sleep schedule” or is it more flexible around your day? Now that she's older we are way more flexible with her nap. When she was taking more naps we made sure we were home for them. But we are usually pretty strict about her bedtime. She goes to bed between 6 and 7 and most mornings she sleeps till 7. We love having an evening together and since she only takes one nap, she is SO ready for bed.
I think if your child is going through a big milestone or having hard time napping its important to dedicate time to their naps. Stick to a schedule for a week, help them get back on track and once they are then try and be flexible.
How do you feel about co-sleeping? If you do co-sleep, how and when do you plan to transition to a crib/bed? Gosh, we miss co-sleeping. We talk about it all the time. Olive weaned herself from co-sleeping or else we probably would still. Around 10 months she started waking up at 3am and hitting my face and wanting to play. She also would fall asleep and be super restless. As soon as we switched her to her own bed she slept SO much better and then we night weaned shortly after she turned a year. As much as we miss it, I think we all grew out of it. It was a super sweet time and we have tons of pictures to look back on for memories.
Make sure to check out what these moms have to say below! AND check back on instagram at 12pm PST for a aden + anais giveaway where that sweet dream blanket up above is from!
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