Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Thanks for the suggestions!

I implemented several techniques this morning when Miss Thang woke up at 4:17am. Yes, that's right. 4 o'clock in the morning! Not clue! I picked her up, feed her and put her back down all without saying a word plus I didn't change her diaper which seems to wake her up. It didn't feel very wet so I left it. She went back down no problem. Then she woke up again at 5:30am so I picked her up and held her for a little while (2-5 min) then put her back down and she slept until 6:45am. Not too bad! Hopefully it'll just get better and better.

Now...another question....how do you keep her up in the evenings? M goes to bed around 8pm so we start the bedtime routine around 7pm. She had a good nap this morning but nothing this afternoon and was rubbing her eyes and crying/whining/fussy by 5pm. What do I do? I tried playing with her, reading to her, fed her supper and finally I gave up and started the bedtime routine at 6:15 so she was asleep at 7:15-7:30pm. Not too bad but still...any suggestions?



Molly said...

You could do a couple things...limit how long her morning nap is, so that she's more "willing" to go down for an afternoon nap or see if you can slowly stretch her out to just an afternoon nap. On the other hand, I know both of our kids had a period of time where they'd take a power nap at about 5 pm for 20 minutes or so and then go down for good at 8 or 8:30.
Good luck!

Kristin said...

When my kids were that age, they liked a quick post-dinner nap, about 20 minutes or so, around 6:00. This enabled me to get the kitchen cleaned up after dinner. After the nap, they would be good to go until bedtime around 8:30 or 9:00, then sleep straight through until 7:00 AM. This evening nap was over by their first birthdays.
Good luck!