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EASY - starting with 5 month old
« on: February 19, 2018, 15:34:01 pm »

My daughter turned 5 months this weekend. I used EASY previously for my son, who was an absolute dream. However she is far more highly strung and difficult.
I have always followed the same principle with her in terms of E, A then S, but not been very good with her sleep timings.
She really fights her sleep badly if overtired, but if I get it right she'll go off relatively easily.

I guess my main questions are :-
1. Looking at sample routines, how are people managing such a long A time. Mine normally does 1.5 hrs and then starts to get ratty, maybe occaisionaly 2 hours.
2.Because she breastfeeds every 2.5 hours, i then have a battle as she takes a long time to get to sleep if tired, so then she gets hungry before shes fallen asleep and wont sleep until shes had food. If i think this will happen i will feed her before taking her to bed as dont want to make the assosiation between the 2.

I think i have fallen into a bad habit at night times now though, i feed her at bedtime, which im happy with. But then, if she wakes in night, regardless of time, i'll grab her and just give her boob. This is to stop her waking everyone else up. Although i fear shes now in the habit and im just a human dummy (im not sure how long she feeds for as she lays next to me, helps herself and I fall back to sleep and move her back to crib when i wake again).

We are a late to bed/rising household generally as OH works very late at weekends. I still have to be up to send son on school bus though.
She will wake for feeds throughout, but generally doesnt wake up properly (as i'd call it) until between 10-11.
sometimes she will sleep at naps for up to 2.5 hours and sometimes only 40 mins.
Bedtime can be anywhere between 7.30 and 10pm. Sometimes we put her up, but she'll only sleep for 45 mins and then wants A time again before she'll then sleep for the night (well, until she wakes that is).

Any guidance would be great. I'd like her sleeping more reliably for long naps in day so i can get things done (i never know at start of nap if will be a short or long one) and wouldnt mind her being in bed earlier rather than later. Not sure if i can do anything about the night waking, how do i figure out if shes genuinely hungry or just wanting comfort.

Thanks all

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Re: EASY - starting with 5 month old
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2018, 18:59:05 pm »
Hello and welcome back to BW :)

From what you've said it sounds to me like your DD might actually be UT (under tired) for some of her naps rather than OT (over tired). The two are quite difficult to tell apart so it's easy to assume OT.
After about 4 months LOs can show the tired signs when they are bored (rather than tired) and need a change of activity. Moving to a different room or offering a change in toy to hold, looking out of the window together and chatting about what's there might be better than taking her straight to bed for her nap.  You might be surprised how she perks up and isn't tired for another 30 mins or possibly even more.
LOs can also come to expect a nap at a certain time (or after a shorter length of A) due to habit, so you might find if you push through for a few days her mood improves.
When LOs are UT they can fuss and resist at nap time, trying to communicate that they are not yet ready to sleep, this is often assumed to be due to OT and as a result the A times are kept shorter rather than extended. If you try out the change in activity and extend the A time (to 2hrs, 2hrs 15 or 2hrs 30) you might find she is less resistant going down for the nap.
The times you find she is easier to go down could be when she has had a short nap previously meaning she had less energy for that Activity time.
UT naps are typically limited to the length of one sleep cycle, 40 mins, which is another indicator from your information.

You might need to feed mid-A time rather than directly after a nap for some of the naps to fit in the E times if they are shorter. You might though find that she will happily go a bit longer if she is asleep (ie if 2.5hr E is going to fall at 1hr into the nap she might just sleep 1.5hr and eat after 3hr instead - hope that makes sense).

I'd like her sleeping more reliably for long naps in day
Although the basis of EASY is watching LOs cues, when a routine change is needed watching the clock can be more beneficial - the routine changes are still in response to LOs cues really but from the point of view of the bigger picture.

wouldnt mind her being in bed earlier rather than later.
This would probably involve being a little more firm about when BT and WU are.  You might need to wake her in the mornings to get onto a more consistent routine.

Hope this helps