Posted on July 24, 2008 09:15 AM
For the most part, B does a good 11-12 hours of sleep at night. No problems putting her down anywhere from 5:30-7pm depending on how the PM nap goes. We used the Healthy Sleep Habits, Healthy Child book to get us to this point which we started when she hit around 5 months old. Usually around 4 months old & baby is double their weight when they can sleep through the night(which according to textbook is at least 6 hours straight). We could have started her sleep training earlier but we were co-sleeping and she is still exclusively breastfed, so it was a slow start out the gate.
Recently though J was holding her for her AM nap. Eventually being held is all she expects now. PM naps are a challenge now for me b/c she then expects to be held for more than an hour. I used to put her down for the PM nap and she'd whimper for a few seconds and just fall asleep for a good hour.
For anything this long we definitely put her in the Moby wrap. So today after a good night of 12 hours of sleep, we put her down at 8am since she was showing signs of tiredness around 7:30am. She cried/whimpered for close to an hour and now she is asleep. I hope she sleeps for at least an hour.
Update: She cried for almost an hour and then slept for 30 minutes. She woke up crying and we decided to ck on her. It turned out that she had a dirty diaper and we decided to change her, play quietly in the living room and take a walk to the park.