- Babywise Book; this is what we used to establish a sleep cycle & routine. Eating, playtime, then napping (vs. eating, nap, awake) is supposed to work magic in helping them get on a consistent routine and be able to sleep through the night sooner than later. Something about how food is metabolized or something. Either way it's worked for us in both infancy's and given us a playbook for sleep training.
- Swaddling (arms out the bottom). We have this kangaroo pouch looking thing (with Braxton we used sleep sacks) that fits over the outfit and then you tuck the arms and velcro accross. Super easy to use and has seemed to keep the jerky movements at bay, which wake infants so often. We thought both kids "liked their hands out." but with Shelby swaddled them anyway & it seems to help a lot.
- Rock and Play Sleeper. This was borrowed from our neighbors. I never knew they existed with Braxton, but it's been great with Shelby's reflux. I think it's because they are angled, as opposed to sleeping flat on their backs and the sides "hug" them, making them feel more cocooned or something? Either way they are awesome & from looking on-line $50-80 depending on where you buy them from/if they're on sale.
- Her blankie. I know this is a "no no," but both of our kids have always slept with blankies to some extent. With Braxton it was more his lovie until he got bigger, but with Shelby we've given her her bigger one and typically just tuck it around her lower half at night. She somehow ninja's her arms and gets it close to her face where she likes it. She isn't able to roll over and the sleeper is angled, so it's not a concern.
- Pacifier. Never thought I'd like them, but I see how they fit for the infant stage. Braxton never cared too much about them past a certain point & hopefully Shelby will follow suit. I think we took his away at 6 months and he never missed it. She's definitely a "sucker" though and it works for her.
- Reflux meds. It's a version of zantac I think...our pediatrician didn't think she had a bad case of it, but I think it's night & day from when we started her on her twice daily dose of meds. She used to be so gassy (still is, but it comes out!) and her belly would be all hard and she'd be so uncomfortable, plus you could see bile rise before she swallowed it back down:-( I'm pretty neutral when it comes to meds. Not strongly against them, but it's not the first thing I try either. For us this has really helped. We tried gas drops as well, but honestly I couldn't tell a difference in whether or not they helped, so we don't use them anymore.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
On Sleeping Through The Night
I hope I'm not jinxing myself by writing this;-) Shelby's been sleeping through the night (until 6-6:30am) or getting up just once around 2am for a couple of weeks now. Some things that have worked well for us:
Again this is what has worked for us and I'm no professional;-)
Any other baby questions?