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10/04/2013 at 07:44
Just wondering how you play it. Are your little ones up in the evening or asleep? Where do they sleep and can they sleep with noise going on eg. Tv, talking etc. Do you have a bedtime routine of sorts and when does it start? I've noticed A will sleep most of the evening if she's happy where he's sleeping ie.on me mostly! But if we try and get her to sleep in the pram or bouncer she is so sensitive to everything going on around her she can't bear the slightest noise or she will startle awake and then cry. If she's asleep on me she sleeps better and we dont have to creep around as much. What do you do?
10/04/2013 at 07:53
We started a bedtime routine at 3 months that was lights down low, tv very quiet, bath and feed. At three months this was done by 8pm and I would feed Isla downstairs after her bath, she'd always fall asleep on the boob then i'd transfer her to her Moses which she slept in in the living room with us til we went up to bed at 10 ish then we'd carry her up with us. As she got older 8pm was too late and she'd start getting cranky so we brought the routine forward to 7. Up to 6 months she'd still wake in the night for at least one feed.
10/04/2013 at 08:09
That's what I did with N pretty much, this one has other ideas
10/04/2013 at 08:10
M is 4 weeks and he tends to either sleep on us or on his bouncer until he wakes at about 10 then we go up to bed and I feed him there then put him in his Moses basket.
10/04/2013 at 08:30
J would sleep through anything, so we never had to creep around luckily. He'd sleep in his moses basket, and we'd carry him up when one of us went up to bed. I made the decision to never limit noise around him from day 1, as I didn't want to have to be uber quiet when he was alseep, or to tell C to be quiet when playing. (C was used to noise as a newborn, due to being in SCBU, and when home, he would sleep through me hoovering etc, I wanted J to be the same) It was either that which worked, or he just takes after his Dad.
I never let him fall asleep on me, i'd put him in his basket when he was sleepy, and he'd fall asleep within minutes. He started sleeping through at 5 weeks old, so once we knew it wasn't just a phase, we introduced a bedtime routine. He was around 10 weeks. Bath, feed, then bed by 7. We'd turn the main light off, and just have the lamp on so it was darker,
10/04/2013 at 09:08
I'm jealous of these babies who sleep through anything! I tried to do the same as you Ak and not limit noise especially as I have a 4 year old too but I quickly realised how sensitive she is even in the hospital. She didn't really sleep there because the other woman in with me was the noisiest cow I've ever heard, she was so annoying. Anyway now I find I'm telling N to be quiet after I've got her to sleep after hours of fussing which I don't like to do and it doesn't even work most of the time because she can hear a pin drop! Saying that she's actually asleep in her bouncer now with a N watching a DVD and drilling going on downstairs so maybe she is getting used to it. I'm being a bit more strict as of today and as soon as she's sleepy I'm putting her down somewhere and soothing her if she fusses rather than carrying her around. Fingers crossed it starts to work!
10/04/2013 at 10:55
We don't have a routine yet she is only 5 weeks so everyday seems to be different - Like you if sleeping on me a bomb could go off, sleeping somewhere else - everything wakes her - unless she is in the pram but then it has to be outside and on the move.
If you find the magic trick please let me know!
10/04/2013 at 10:58
I do similar to Ak, b will sleep through anything so we don't really change anything in the evening, b wakes up when we take him upstairs with us at about 11, so he has a quick feed and then sleeps through til about 7:30
10/04/2013 at 12:18
Generally E's (self designated) routine is a nap around 5-6pm and she generally is then awake until her bedtime at 9pm. She'll want feeding at 6pm, and then we'll play with her, if we have time bath her, i'll read her a story (not to get her to sleep but just to spend time with her), and i'll eat tea while she is under her gym or in the bouncer. I put the kettle on at 8:00 - feed ready 8:30, in which time I've changed her for bed, and gone into my room, but the lamp on low and turned the main light off. Laid the swaddle blanket out on the bed.
Then the second that last bottle is finished she goes up, usually about 8:50 where i'll wind her, say goodnight and swaddle before putting her down, then i'll stay up either reading, surfing the net or put the tele on. Once she is asleep and in the crib, that's it with her really.
10/04/2013 at 13:07
F didn't really have a routine until he outgrew his moses basket and went into his own room at just before 6 months. Until then, he would sleep in his moses basket in the living room with us until we went up to bed.
He's now 14 months and his evening routine is dinner at 5pm followed by bath, a bit of playtime with daddy, milk and then bed around 6:30/7pm. This routine has pretty much been unchanged since he went into his own room.
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