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Monday, July 31

To Sleep or Not To Sleep?

On Saturday mornings we take our eight month old to a My Gym class. He loves it and we love it. Usually during circle time the group director will ask each parent a question upon introduction of their child. This past Saturday the question was; how is your little one sleeping? We were first in line so we said, "this is Teague, and he doesn't sleep." As each and every child was introduced the following statement followed; "this is so and so, he/she sleeps great and has since two month of age." I'm like, are they lying? How could that possibly be? My child is the only one who takes two one hour naps a day and still wakes up two times on average every night.

Going to sleep is not the problem. We implimented a sleeping schedule at four months when we moved him out of our bed into his own crib. The first three nights using a derivative of the Ferber Method was absolute hell but now he knows exactly what we expect of him. We put him in his crib at specific times and he goes off.....but not for long. It's staying asleep that's the problem.

So I decided to check out some websites with tips on sleep habits for infants. Interestingly enough each website stated that newborns sleep 17 to 18 hours a day for the first few weeks and 15 hours a day until they are three months old. I don't think so! Another site states that baby's sleep patterns are erratic which somewhat contradicts the previous information. Why can't they just say, all babies are different and any expectation you have regarding your own will inevitably be shot down, as they are their own persons with their own quarks and special personalities. Sleep is over-rated anyway!


At 4:39 PM, Blogger kidletsmum said...

My little one is not a sleeper either. And she's 10 months. She wakes two or three times a night on a good night and countless times on a bad night. Last night was a bad one! One day I'll sleep again!!! Best of luck to you!

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