Monday, October 8, 2012

No-Cry Sleep Solution Log: Day 1--Nap Success!

Day 1 of “Pantley-fying” Quinn: Managed to put Quinn down in his crib for a nap without his pacifier in his mouth. He used the pacifier until he was almost asleep and then I was able to remove it (it took 5 tries, though). Yay for a success!

If you’re curious about what “Pantley-fying” is, it’s a word I made up referring to The No-Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley. She gives parents specific ideas on how to teach babies to fall asleep and stay asleep without leaving them to “cry it out.” It takes several weeks but we’ve survived a year of bad sleep, I think we can do a couple more weeks while teaching Quinn some good habits. I should have done it long ago, but, well, life’s been a bit crazy.

Our first step is to help Quinn break the habit of depending upon sucking comfort to go to sleep (nursing and pacifier). The recommended plan of action is to allow the baby to suck/nurse until almost asleep and then to remove the item. If he reacts negatively, give it back and let him settle again. After several tries, you should be able to get it out and have him still go all the way to sleep. Eventually he won’t need that comfort item at all and that’s the first step towards better sleep. :) We also need to work on a more consistent bedtime routine and quieter evenings with him, but those are quite a bit easier than the pacifier/nursing thing.

Baseline Sleep Log Summary
(How he's been sleeping without us doing anything to help him sleep better)

Naps: approximately 1 1/2 hours (1 nap a day)
Typical naps for his age: 2-3 hours (1-2 naps a day)
Night time sleep: approximately 9 1/2 hours a night
Wakings: around 7 per night
Typical night time sleep for his age: 11 1/2 - 12 hours per night
Wakings typical for age: anywhere from 1-3 (or whatever the parent is willing to tolerate)

Total sleep per day: approximately 11 hours
Total recommended sleep per day for age: 13-14 hours


Find all my No-Cry Sleep Solution Logs here!

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