Friday, February 13, 2009

Baby Wise...

I know it is controversial, but I'm using this methodology to work towards finding sanity with my newborn. In the last week or so I've started to feel lost, and our schedule kept shifting by an hour somehow. On Monday we were doing feedings every 3 hours, and Mikey was fed at 10, 1, 4, 7, 10 and then he slept til 5 and woke up screaming for food. Since he ate at 5, he wanted to eat again at 8am on Tuesday. Then of course the rest of the feedings went 11, 2, 5, 8 and then 11. On Wednesday morning he woke up around 6 and then our schedule on Thursday was 9, 12, 3, 6, 9 and then I started the bedtime routine at 10 to have him asleep by 11. I fed him again at 11 hoping that he would sleep until 5ish. Newp. He woke up at 2am. /Cry.

After doing some reading, it occurred to me that I've got the eating thing down fine, but I was TOTALLY screwing up the nap time thing. For some reason I had it in my head that the more I kept him up during the day the better he would sleep at night. But, he was getting so stinkin' fussy/angry/cranky during the day that I was at a loss. Uh, duh. My child needs to nap more often than once during the day.

Since I go back to work in a week, I'm committing myself to getting him on a reasonable eat, play sleep schedule for at least the next week. I would like to be able to tell his caretaker that he eats 5 oz, plays around for an hour (including feeding time) and then will take a 2 hour nap. Rinse and repeat. I understand that the wakeful time will get longer and the naps a little less frequent (combined with sleeping longer at night) but my 6 week old is not ready to go hours on end without a nap, lol.

I can't believe it. I've been so frustrated this week with my fussy little guy. To think the key was letting him sleep. We would have both been much happier!

Here is a great resource for the Baby Wise Methodology!

From Mikey 2.11.09