Monday, October 30, 2006

wow, 5 hours between night-time feeds!

We tried a new feed/sleep schedule this weekend, and things are looking quite promising. Claire only woke up 3 times last night instead of the usual 6. Big improvement! Somehow earlier this month, we had drifted into a non-sustainable snack/nap/snack mode with only 1.5 to 2 hours between feedings. After 2 weeks of that, us 2 parents were haggard and desperate for a change. Sometimes we feel silly that we need to be told every little thing to do with the baby, but as they say, "babies don't come with instruction manuals."

We are now trying some of the BabyWise ideas, from a book given to us before Claire was born, but sitting on the shelf until a few days ago. It says that babies need sustained sleep just as much as their parents. We are combining concepts from another book called the No Cry Sleep Solution. Hooray for sleep! Gracias a Dios! (Mark wrote this.)

1 comment:

TulipGirl said...

One of the biggest encouragements for me in my mothering, was when a friend encouraged me to approach parenting as ministry--and sometimes my babies needed ministering to at night.

Not to downplay the importance of good sleep for mama and baby, but sometimes I know that I needed to be inspired to minister to my little one--even when I was worn out. . .