Baby is peacefully sleeping...ahhh so nice!
I was catching up with my cousin the other day who gave birth to her little girl Ella Kate just a week & a half after Eli was born. We were chatting about babywise (because we both are doing it) & can I just brag for a few moments on how great I think it is. If you don't know what I am talking about then let me fill you in.
On Becoming Babywise is a book I would recommend to any mom who desires a good nights sleep & a routine that you basically get to make yourself! Before Eli was born, I read the first half of the book and thought to myself "oh I got this"...ha what did I know! I began implementing the eat, play, sleep routine & Eli picked that up really quick. I thought this was a piece of cake & it was for the first couple of weeks. I started to wonder if our baby would ever cry :) then all the sudden he began crying more & sleeping a little less. I think I paniced & picked him up almost everytime he would cry. Mistake # 1: it's ok for babies to cry if they are not in pain or danger. so I found myself not able to get anything done because I was constantly running back & forth putting his paci in & comforting him. He would never get a solid sleep & would be grumpy. Mistake# 2: I would also be pretty incosistent about feeding him (meaning I wouldn't feed him at the same time each day).. One day it would be every 2 hours & the next 2.5 and then a mix. He wasn't really on any kind of routine & I felt trapped in the house which isn't good for anyone. So after a couple of weeks of this happening over & over, I thought hmmm...maybe I should read the rest of that book. So I picked it up and began reading. Wow! I was making a bunch of mistakes! (but it's ok. It can be fixed). That day I began putting into practice what the author of the book had said to do & I kid you not Eli picked up on thise things almost immediately. I have to say I was quiet impressed. He was sleeping about 6 hours during the night at 4 to 5 weeks & then about 8 to 9 hours at 7 weeks. He's 10 weeks today & sleeping like a champ. He is a baby & still cries...they are suppose to, but he seems so much more alert & happy during his play time. I will say though we haven't quiet mastered the 1.5 to 2 hour naps after each playtime, but we are working on it. Eli eats every 3 hours beginning at 7:00 am. He plays for about an hour & then sleeps about 1.5 hours. Now that he is in a routine, we are both so much more satisfied :) have you or are you using babywise? Did it work for you?... I'm curious to know!