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u/manicmommy · 4 pointsr/Mommit

Exactly. I am a mother and long time day care teacher. One of the first things I suggest to parents who ask for help is: SLEEP. Kids, especially under the age of 3, need A LOT more sleep that you would initially think. I-Dont_Draw is totally right about the 1-2 hours... Except at one month, I think it may be even less. It's hard work, but your child will grow out of it.

Everything I've read and heard recommends "sleep training" at 4 months. This does not have to mean CIO (although that works wonders for some families). It only means setting a schedule and starting to teach your infant positive sleep habits for the health and safety of everyone in the house. Babies need to learn to get GOOD sleep versus LONG sleep in order for their brains to grow and develop in the proper way. Not to mention a baby who is not getting the proper amount of sleep will be TERRIBLY fussy. The hugest thing I took away from this, in my own experience, was putting baby to bed still slightly awake. It took my daughter almost no time to learn to soothe herself and go to sleep on her own. I chose not to do Cry it Out, but I was firm in my bedtime routine and the no getting back out rule. If she cried, I'd try to wait 1-3 minutes, then I'd go back in and soothe her without taking her out of the crib. Sometimes, I had to do this 3-5 times before she would sleep, but in a week or so, she got it. She would even start fussing and straining against me if I was rocking her and she got too tired. She wanted to go lay down. We're to the point now (she'll be one year on Monday) that when it's nap or bedtime, we read, snuggle a bit, then she gets in her bed. I cover her up, make sure she has an ample number of stuffed animals (she won't sleep alone in there!), and that's it. Sometimes she sings a little song to herself, but then goes right out with a smile on her face.

What this means for you... I wouldn't worry too much about a schedule at this point. Newborn time is CRAZY SURVIVAL time. Just make sure that little one is getting many naps during the day and make sure you're both eating well. I started a bedtime routine with my girl early like you're doing, and I'd recommend that. Mine had her days and nights backwards for weeks and that was one thing that helped turn it around. Once he/she gets a little older, setting a schedule will be easier and might actually work.

I would also HIGHLY recommend the book, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child. Even if you choose to ignore some of his tips, the medical info on biological needs is priceless. It really helped me understand what was going on with my own kid and I did take some of his tips to heart. The one I really push is... "Sleep begets sleep." My girl was going to bed at 7:30/8pm and waking at 5:30/6am. It was just SO early. I read this book, and he recommended moving bedtime earlier. We did. Now, she goes to bed right at 7pm and sleeps till 7am or 7:30am every. Single. Day. It doesn't seem to make sense, but then he explains the science behind it, and boom. Magic.

Good luck!

EDIT: That book also has tips on how to set a schedule and sample ones by age too!

u/[deleted] · 3 pointsr/Parenting

Upvote for G-Diapers alone. Those things are awesome. Be sure to use the swizzle stick to dissolve the disposable pads in the toilet bowl BEFORE flushing. I liked your whole list, and I'd like to add Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child to your Happiest Baby book. It really helped our kid establish a wonderful sleeping pattern.

u/2d20x · 2 pointsr/Parenting

Whatever allows you to survive the first 6 weeks is all good.

Edited to add: This book saved me - showed me what was "normal" sleep patterns by week so I didn't feel like I was messing anything up. It then gives an indication of reasonable nap schedules once the baby is a little older.

u/inigo_montoya · 2 pointsr/Parenting

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

You're only just entering the time when you can start to really get results on sleep, so don't feel you're behind.

Until you get the book: Spreadsheet with one row for each day. Put in as many columns for down | up | down | up | down as you think you'll need + 1. Then add a column to calc the total sleep for that day.

Fill this in for a while and you will see trends in when the baby sleeps and how much. Just record for about a week and don't try to accomplish anything specific.

Next, you game the system by working on the down times, shifting them by small increments (like 15 minutes) to the times you want, and ultimately collapsing some of the sleep sessions together.

Do not try to game the system by working the wake-up time. It should be a natural function of the time they go to sleep and how much sleep they need. Always let them sleep. Never wake them up in an effort to change the sleep pattern.

This saved my butt. I wish I had done it as early as 3 mos.

PM me if you're too tire to make the spreadsheet. I'll be glad to set one up.

u/RockCollector · 2 pointsr/AprilBumpers2018

My maternal instincts didn't kick in for so long. I felt like I hanging off the edge of a mountain and slipping a little more every day. I was numb when my first arrived, and it was just bizarre that someone handed me this thing and said I had to take care of it now.

I had a lot of problems breastfeeding. My hormones were totally trashed (which took me 6 months to discover). I cried a lot. She cried a lot. It took until 6-8 weeks, when things got better for us in terms of feeding (AKA accepting I had to supplement forever) and when she started being less of a potato. The "100 days of Darkness" were the worst.

My daughter's now 2.5. I love her to death. She's thriving and healthy, so I guess at some point my maternal instincts kicked in. I still get those days of "what is this kid doing in my house?"

But my only real advice is study up hardcore on breastfeeding (if you want to do it) -- take a class, read a book, find a support group. It really helps. Plan to attend said support group at least once a week after birth, because that's the quickest way to getting problems diagnosed. Plus, socialization. The other thing I always suggest is reading a book called Healthy Sleep Habits, Healthy Child, or a similiar sleep book. The sooner you can get a handle on sleeping, the better off everything is.

Try not to worry; if you're already worried about what kind of mom you're going to be, my bet is that you'll be a great one. :)

u/leeloodallasmultipas · 2 pointsr/Parenting

Obviously I'm in late on this but I'm all for CIO. I have done it with both of my children and we are actually the envy of our other parent friends for having children that are on a predictible, healthy sleep schedule at 4 months old. 7 weeks is too early IMO, but at 4 months give it a shot. It's hard to let them cry at all, believe me I know, but we aren't talking an hour of crying. I used this book and this book to guide me. We did co-sleep until 4 months and then went into CIO (modified I suppose, but you'll see that in the books). Within 3 days my daughter was sleeping through the night at 4 months old. My son took about the same amount of time. My daughter is now 3 and still takes a midday nap and goes to bed around 8pm, sleeps through the night and wakes alert and happy. My son is 16 months and wakes up around 7am, naps at 10am-12:30pm, then again some days from 3:30-5:00pm, then goes down for the ENTIRE night at 7 or 8pm. We have video monitors so yes, I know they are sleeping.....not waking up crying and falling back asleep.

CIO gets a bad rep, but for us it has been wonderfully effective.

u/James_Earl_Pwns · 1 pointr/daddit

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

Tons of great info on how important sleep is to growing kiddos. Also plenty of strategies for helping your young ones sleep, and quite a few stories/testimonials from parents who have been there. Helped my wife and I with both of our kids!

u/sf_guest · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Your first challenge is going to be sleep. This book is gold, worked on both of my kids:

u/degc75 · 1 pointr/Parenting

buy "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" by Dr. Weissbluth and get that child on a sleep schedule...i know it is painful but the only way your son is going to learn to self-soothe and get the amount of sleep he needs is to let him arent betraying him, or betraying his trust, you are giving him one of the best gifts a parent can give - independence and rest...i put sleep just a notch below food in my parenting pyramid and believe it is SUPER important that children get enough sleep...that means two 1-2 hour naps a day until they are 2 yrs and then one 2-3 hr nap a day until at least 4 years...i know that seems like a lot and it will be hard to get the rest of you life done around the nap schedule but in my experience (i have a 3y old) sleep begets sleep and on the days that my DD doesnt get a good nap she doesnt sleep well at's all in this book, i credit it with getting her to sleep through the night at 4 months and we have had minimal sleep problems ever since.

TL;DR buy this book NOW