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Old 07-29-2011, 09:02 PM   #11
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Re: Question for non co-sleeping mamas

We used a PnP and then a travel crib placed right next to the bed for the first few months. I too am a very light sleeper, so I had no desire to cosleep. Sometimes I would wear earplugs and DH would wake me when DS needed to be fed. It's so hard when the nursing sessions are so long in the beginning, but it will get better before you know it. GL, Mama!

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Old 07-30-2011, 07:24 AM   #12
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Get a Fisher Price Rock and Play Sleeper! My guy was the same way until I got this bed. It's small, but mighty. He started sleeping 4hr stints. He still sleeps 4+ hrs in this then I move him to my bed. I love how compact, portable, and awesome it is. I even used it in the hospital when he had RSV. It's highly recommended by me! Also try a white noise machine on ocean. This helped too.
Yes!!!!!! It was a lifesaver when DD was wee.
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Old 07-30-2011, 07:26 AM   #13
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We crib sleep from day one here. We both get up at night for feedings. Daddy is the diaper changer, and I nurse, he's the burper, and we both go back to bed as soon as the LO is down. That said, our nights are very easy even with newborns with the rarest exception. We feed our babies at predictable intervals and do an eat, wake, sleep routine from birth here. Predictable eating of full meals during the day stabilizes hunger metabolisms which naturally helps our babies' bodies go without food for longer periods at night, and they know how to self-soothe and put themselves to sleep after waking. All of our friends have done this with their 30 combined children and it has worked for everyone of the babies so its what we have done also since I could see the fruit of it in their families. All of ours have STTN from 10:30-6:00 by 10 weeks (my preemie was 14 weeks) so nights weren't really a big deal here. I hope you find what works for you and you get some rest soon!
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Thanks mamas for all of the suggestions! The last two nights have been better, getting 4-5 hours of sleep. Having dad help during the week isn't an option as he gets up at 2am to go to work. Daytime is starting to take on more of a routine so hopefully nights will follow.
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My daughter is 13.5 months old and nurse every 30 minutes now at night. We co-sleep and I just plop a boob in her mouth and go back to sleep. It is tiring, but it's more sleep than if she was bottle feeding every 30 minutes!
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Old 07-30-2011, 08:18 PM   #17
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Re: Question for non co-sleeping mamas

I don't co-sleep nor do I feed all night long. none of my kids have needed to nurse al night long or nurse to sleep. I started from the begining putting them to sleep awake.

All my LO have slept in thier cribs from day one. I would get up go into their room where I had a rocker and turn on a small lamp. While I nursed I played games on my cell phone or a hand held game. When they were done I put them back to bed and I went back to my own bed.

By 6 weeks they were on a pretty good night schedule. Bed 8pm, wake 12 or 1--back to sleep, wake 5 eat back to sleep until 8 or so. By three to four months they were sleeping from 8pm until 5am and then back to sleep till 8 or so.
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My DS is almost 9 months and still wakes every 2-3 hours to nurse. I do co sleep but I still get up EVERY single time he nurses and sit on my glider because he spit up so much when he was younger that I would have to sit him up at least 10 mins after he ate so he would spit up. And no he just won't nurse laying down next to me. So I don't really have any advice but I guess you get used to it? Haha his nursing seasons are much shorter now so it's not so bad.

Oh and my cousin who is my best friend is a nurse who works nights so I text her a lot while I'm up at odd hours

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We crib sleep from day one here. We both get up at night for feedings. Daddy is the diaper changer, and I nurse, he's the burper, and we both go back to bed as soon as the LO is down. That said, our nights are very easy even with newborns with the rarest exception. We feed our babies at predictable intervals and do an eat, wake, sleep routine from birth here. Predictable eating of full meals during the day stabilizes hunger metabolisms which naturally helps our babies' bodies go without food for longer periods at night, and they know how to self-soothe and put themselves to sleep after waking. All of our friends have done this with their 30 combined children and it has worked for everyone of the babies so its what we have done also since I could see the fruit of it in their families. All of ours have STTN from 10:30-6:00 by 10 weeks (my preemie was 14 weeks) so nights weren't really a big deal here. I hope you find what works for you and you get some rest soon!
this exactly. She said it better than I did.
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