Baby D Makes Three

born December 27, 2012

sleep, baby, sleep

on March 14, 2013

we are in week two of working on getting better naps. the napping is going great! after about one and a half to two hours of wakefulness, Cora will start to get sleepy and fussy so I will swaddle her, give her a pacifier, and lay her down either in her crib or in the pack and play in the office. if she is really upset, I turn the radio on a static channel as white noise and it calms her down. most of the time, I put her down drowsy but not asleep. according to some sleep books, doing so will teach her to fall asleep by herself and will help her settle herself if she wakes up in the middle of the night but doesn’t really need anything. she took surprisingly well to this arrangement and usually falls asleep within a few minutes. if she cries, it usually means she dropped the pacifier and needs it back. she naps anywhere from 40 minutes to two and a half hours two or three times a day. I still sometimes hold her while she falls asleep, but this is more for me than her. I’m hoping that sleeping in her crib, in the pack and play, and her bassinet (not to mention the swing sometimes) will help her be able to sleep anywhere. 

unfortunately, as she sleeps better during the day, Cora’s nighttime sleeping has decreased. instead of six, seven, or close to eight hours in a stretch, we are back to four or five hours in the first stretch, followed by two or three hour stretches. this is the opposite of what the books say should be happening. they all say ‘sleep begets sleep’ and that as soon as naps get better, nighttime sleep will increase. hopefully this will happen and it is just taking a little while for her to adjust. even if her nighttime sleep doesn’t significantly increase, it is still

worth it. napping makes for a happier baby, and a more productive mommy.

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