In my post about scheduling, I mentioned that it wasn’t always easy to get Izzy to go down for her naps. Before we started a schedule, she would often scream like someone was killing her whenever she got near her crib. But, once I took the time to find out her sleepy cues, and track the times of day when she normally got tired, naptime because astonishingly easy.
When it’s time for a nap, I put Izzy down for it, even if she doesn’t “seem” sleepy, because she may not be showing sleepy cues just yet. When I begin to swaddle her, sometimes her eyes will immediately close, and she’s actually asleep before I can even get her into the crib! Most times though, I swaddle her, kiss her and tell her to have a good nap, lay her down in the crib, close the door on my way out. After that, 1 of 2 things will happen. Either she’ll
- Drift off to sleep without a peep, or
- She starts screaming her head off.
If the second happens, I go in to check on her, return her paci if it’s fallen out, and soothe her without picking her up. Then I leave again. If she starts crying again, I let her cry for 3 minutes, and then I go and check on her again, soothe, etc. Most of the time, Izzy will only cry this one time. Every once in a while, (normally when we’re waaay past her naptime for some reason), She will start crying again, and that time, I let her cry for 5 minutes, and then soothe her again, and she’ll drift off to sleep after that.
The progressive interval thing is known as the “Ferber Method”. I didnt read any special books or anything, I just looked around online, found it, and decided to try it. It has worked VERY well for us.
In other baby sleep news, Izzy has started sleeping through the night! Im not quite sure how it happened, but about a week ago, she slept from 9pm to 4am. She fussed a little, but I returend her paci, and she went right back to sleep! She didnt wake again until around 7am. How amazing is that? I think that a couple of days of me waking with her at 2-3am and not nursing her until AFTER I was done pumping may have made her decide that it wasn’t worth it. She’s been sleeping through from 9-4 for about a week! She is old enough, and gets enough calories during the day for that late night feeding to be unneccesary, so I feel good about it!
(Not to mention, 5-6 hrs of uninterrupted sleep….can you say hallelujah with me?)