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General Sleep Issues / 22 month old EW
« Last post by Han12345 on September 01, 2020, 14:12:15 pm »
Hi all,

I did a post and now canít seem to find it 🙈

Just looking for some help with my 22 month old who is early waking and I think waking during the night too. Sheís been waking early for a few weeks now, she happily sits in bed and doesnít shout so itís not too bad but then I find she is horrible in the day. Constantly moaning, hard work and not listening. She naps around 12.30 but we sometimes push it to 1/1.30pm.

I donít know if I should be letting her nap for longer to catch up or making it shorter. She usually does about 2 hours in the day (I often have to waker her as she sleeps so well) and then is great form in the afternoon but then takes quite a while to go to sleep at night. Bed time is usually 7pm but she can often be messing around till 8pm-ish.

We have just been away and her nap/ sleep hasnít been great so in all honesty I thought she would totally crash now home not waking even more.

Should I be shortening or even cutting her nap? Iím not sure if she can cope without a nap but I just need my happy little girl back.

My eldest slept 1-3 at her age and then bed 7-6.30pm. She didnít drop her nap till 2.5yo so surely this one doesnít need to drop her nap already?
General Sleep Issues / Re: Eat, burp, repeat nightmare at BT
« Last post by Katet on August 31, 2020, 08:16:31 am »
It's his unsettled period...I was told, one 2-3 hour unsettled period (mostly in the witching hours of evening) a day, one unsettled day a week and one unsettled week a month was pretty normal and average. Also with 36week babies, often they 'catch up' quickly and it could easily be a growth spurt.
General Sleep Issues / Re: One Week Old - Long Stretches At Night! Help With Routine!
« Last post by Katet on August 31, 2020, 08:11:56 am »
Having a newborn is anxiety inducing when you feel because you've got older children you should be able to get it 'right'... Thing is early weeks are  never the same. 3-4 oz is plenty 6 times a day in a 2 week old, so 3 hourly would be fine.   

My best advice would be enjoy... It may change, but changing too much may backfire.

Look at what is important to you in terms of the routine of yourself and the other children and enjoy the bliss of the early weeks.

No matter what you do now it won't effect, what your baby's like at 2yo, 5yo or me, just enjoy, my eldest is 17 and it's gone way too quickly.

My almost 2 week old has been sleeping for 5-6 hour stretches at night and while I am thrilled this is happening at such an early age, I cannot help but stress out about a few things:

I have been reading Baby Whisperer and it does say that babies this age (0-6weeks) might be able to do 4-6 hour stretches at night, but then I donít know how to adjust the day. Should I feed him every three hours or 2 and a half so he can compensate? I have been trying to do that since I want the bath to be at the same time everyday (i have two other daughters to attend to) but during the day Iíve been constantly waking him up every 2 and a half hours to feed and make him do 7 feedings during the day, but he seems not interested. Everytime, I have to wake him up and he doesnít eat that much or gets fully awake and Iím afraid that by doing this he is snacking and not taking a full feed. Should I cut one feed and let him be more hungry by feeding every 3 hours during the day?

It is important to say that he is 3.700 kg (or 8 pounds) and takes 3-4 oz of expressed breastmilk when in bottle.

This past few days have been like this:

9:45 am - i wake him up, breastfeed
12:30pm - i wake him up, breastfeed
3:20 pm - i wake him up, breastfeed
6:00 pm - i wake him up, breastfeed
8:30 pm - i wake him up, breastfeed, bath
2:20 am - he wakes up by himseld, i feed him 3-4 oz of expressed breastmilk
6:30-6:50 am - he wakes up by himself, i feed him 3-4 oz of expressed breastmilk
Should I keep doing this? Should I keep waking him up to maintain 7 feedings a day or should I cut one feed and hopefully this would help him be more hungry and encourage him to take full feedings?

I dont know! I really love the way heís sleeping and wouldnt want to disturb that! What would you recommend?
E.A.S.Y. Forum / 6 week old - struggling with naps and bedtimes
« Last post by sunny90 on August 25, 2020, 16:59:39 pm »
My baby girl (after 4 boys, and after a 4.5 year gap) is 6.5 weeks old and I've been trying to keep to EASY since she was born.

A few problems:

  • I don't have time to shush pat her because frankly I have 4 other kids who JUST went back to school and my youngest is still only in school til 1.
    So I'm only able to keep her sleeping through the entire S time if she's in the baby carrier. I've tried rocking her in the stroller in the swaddle, but then I basically need to rock her the whole time, and it's very hard to keep her asleep even being rocked.
    I don't know when to make her bedtime. Til now I've been feeding her at 8 for bedtime until she's asleep and then she was sleeping til 1-2 ish (a couple of nights she even went til 3 am!) but for the past few nights she's waking between 11:30-12. The thing is her last nap is til 6 so really 8 pm is a very long time to go but I feed her at 4 and 6 so should I be putting her to bed at 7 and just feeding her an hour later? How do I work out the feeds? I always nurse before bedtime to differentiate between that and naptime.
    She was having problems nursing at the beginning (her latch wasn't good) and she still falls asleep while nursing. The lactation consultant told me to feed on both sides because of this, to make sure she feeds enough. So feeding can take about 40 min sometimes. So I can't figure out her A time because she falls asleep while she's nursing.

This is what our schedule basically looks like.

630/7 - E (she usually drifts off during this feed)
830ish - S (I often put her in the baby carrier around 8:15 and she ends up falling asleep in the next 15 min)
10 - E
1130ish - S
1 - E
220ish - S
4 - E
515 - S
6 - E
715/730 - bath and pjs
745ish - E and put to bed

It sometimes can take me til close to 9 to make sure she's all the way asleep and now that she's waking up just a little over 2 hours later is completely exhausting me.
When can I start moving her towards independent sleep? Can I start doing PUPD? With my other kids at least I'd rock them in the stroller and they'd sleep for 45 min before I had to work on keeping them asleep, with her she's maybe sleeping for half an hour before stirring and having to be jiggled back to sleep in the carrier.
E.A.S.Y. Forum / Re: Cannot get second nap time right for 5 month old... Ever!
« Last post by mothergoose on August 21, 2020, 20:10:23 pm »
So to update you the second nap is now more consistent but nights are still bad... No matter how the naps go nights seem to stay bad and I wonder is it accumulated overtiredness?! Her A time in the morning is also very variable and if she has been up a lot the night before will show tired signs even before 1.5hrs.
Will you take a look at yesterday and tell me what you think.....
Awake 7.45
Fed 8.30
Sleep 9.40 - 10.20 seemed tired but unable to resettle
Eat 11 could not hold her off longer
Activity 1hr 40
Sleep 11.40 for ten minutes woke crying 15min to resettle sleep 11.55 - 1.20
Eat 1.30
A 1hr 45
Sleep 3 .15 to 5.20 resettled at 45min
Bed 7.20...numerous wakings 8.30...9.20...10...11.30...eventually stopped counting and brought her in beside me where she settled but early waking at 4.20 eventually resettled until 7.30

Any thoughts?

General Sleep Issues / Re: Q re SIDS
« Last post by 1stimer on August 21, 2020, 03:10:36 am »
I'm on my 3rd BW baby and I think what has been most helpful for me is knowing what kind of baby I have and tips and tricks for them. My first was a spirited baby and had I not discovered this forum and then Tracy's books, it would have been a very rough start, and possibly our only kid lol. Unfocused a lot of following everything perfectly with her and it made me realize that there's still room for our own instincts. As far as the crib thing, I think once you have your baby you will see that having a newborn sleep in a crib in their own room would be pretty much impossible unless you were in the room too. There is this intense connection that, at least for me, made it hard for me to let my kids even nap in their room during the day without me right there.
General Sleep Issues / Eat, burp, repeat nightmare at BT
« Last post by 1stimer on August 21, 2020, 02:34:54 am »
Our 6 wo (2 weeks adjusted) has gotten into this habit at bedtime where he does his feed and beings to drift off and then gets fidgety for a burp. Once he's burped, he almost always is awake And looking for more and so the cycle continues for sometimes 2 hours. We pushed his bedtime routine by almost an hour because it was taking so long for me to settle him for the night. We do bath around 8ish and then once he's clean, lotioned and dressed we nurse. Currently I'm "triple feeding" so I nurse then give a bottle then pump. He has a recessed chin so his breasteeds don't get him everything he needs yet. Starting around 4 he's cluster feeding and taking cat naps. I'm still learning his cues for hunger and sleep but currently for the most part, if he's awake he wants to eat. I'm just trying to see if I'm forgetting some magic burp trick? I don't remember this issue with either of my other BW kids. He was 6.7 when he was born at 36 weeks on July 7th and he was just shy of 9 when we went for his growth check last Tuesday.
I'm having a similar issue with mine. He's not a fan of being worn, but we are working on that. He likes to sleep on the boppy up against me after a feed. When I can we work on shh oat in his room but with a 9 yo and a 6 yo with autism I can't commit that much time to being in his room right now.
General Sleep Issues / Crying During Sitting Stage
« Last post by Katpickrell on August 20, 2020, 00:00:37 am »
My 8 week old tends to start out the sitting stage crying and I don't know if it's best to calm him first by walking around? Or do I just hold him still until he calms down? I've tried waiting a couple of minutes with no luck. The book doesn't address crying at this stage in the process.
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