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Old 07-12-2008, 11:39 PM   #1
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Since we returned from vacation at the end of May - I did a slow transition of R from a cradle in my room to her crib in her room. It went very smooth - I slept better and she was sleeping 10 - 11 hours thru the night. Since she wasn't swaddled anymore, I was using a Halo sleepsack. We change all the clothes, fresh diaper and sack on.

What was working:
~ rock in her room w/ lights off
~ a dim nightlight
~ lullaby plying
~ nurse until she was done and sleepy
~ lay her down
~ and she would suck her thumb and be out in minutes.

But, suddenly - she was back to falling asleep - more like passed out - on the boob and hard to get off of me . . . I can get her off the boob but out of my chair and to crib wakes her, more like startles her. She may be more tired b/c she is very close to crawling and very active.

A bath does not help her wind down like many things say - she gets all excited and more active. She naps about 2 -3 times a day. Most are about 2 hours (one of them may be 3).

So . . . what do you do? What is something I could maybe add in?


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Old 07-12-2008, 11:56 PM   #2
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Re: Tell ME your bedtime routine . . .

Ready for this:
Almost five year old

Level One: Fish Oil
Level Two: Vitamin
Level Three: Go Pee
Level Four: Brush Teeth
Level Five: Night Time Diaper and get on PJs
Level Six: Get two books and have mom or dad read them
Level Seven: Kiss mommy and daddy goodnight and go to bed

He tells me the levels not me. He "owns" the levels lol

He takes baths almost every night. We need to make it every night!

He is mild Aspergers so the whole level system works out wonderfully. He helped make it up with his father.

Routine for one year old:

We SUCK- enough said. We need to get better. There is no routine. He doesn't take scheduled naps. I am not scheduled with him. It is not good.

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Old 07-13-2008, 06:32 AM   #3
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Pick up toys.
Put on bedtime diaper and jammies.
Brush teeth.
Say goodnight to whoever isn't doing the tucking in.
Go to bed.
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Old 07-13-2008, 06:41 AM   #4
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Re: Tell ME your bedtime routine . . .

this has been our basic routine since DD was 8 months old, and she's now 19 months:

diaper and pjs
potty and rediaper
lay in bed
say night night, love you, bye bye and leave the room.

When she was smaller, there was also a walk before the bath to help set the stage. DD sleeps from 7pm until 6:30am. HTH.

When we reached the pass out on boob then wake up 10 minutes later thing, I moved the nursing to before the final diaper, and then to one hour before bedtime. It really made a HUGE difference. Then falling asleep became a thing of routine again, rather than falling asleep full-bellied.

We also had bedtime issues when it was time to cut down on her daytime nap numbers... ie when it was time to go from two to one nap a day. You could try shorting her one of her three naps one day and see if it changes things. I'd cut the earliest one and then make sure she's awake by 4 hours before bedtime. Good luck!
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