You may remember a couple months back, I did a blog post on being a stay-at-home-mama, which you can find here. Basically, Hannah invited a bunch of us mamas to take part in sharing together these different stages of motherhood with you all, and it's been so fun!
We know that sleep can be such a nuance in motherhood. It's always changing as our babes grow, more babes are thrown into the mix and naps come and go... seriously, our lives seem to revolve around sleep. We all wanted to answer a few questions as we're all in difference phases, and we all do what works best for our littles and us. It's fun learning how everyone does these things, isn't it?
1. How well does your babe sleep? Sleeping through the night? Taking good naps? None of the above? ;) Thankfully, Nora has been sleeping through the night since she was four months old. She's gone through phases of taking amazing naps, and phases of nap-fighting like you wouldn't believe. But overall, I'd say she's a really good sleeper. The fact that she sleeps through the night AND takes at least two naps a day is huge in my book!
2. Have you or are you planning to “sleep train”? How did you go about it? We did. We were desperate. We'd planned on sleep training before Nora was born, but ended up not liking the "method" we'd originally thought we'd go with. But there came a point when both Nora and I were miserable throughout the day because she would just cry so much because she was tired (which meant I was crying just as much), but was too overtired to sleep. I got this book, which saved our sanity (life). We learned how to read Nora's cues and basically learned to follow her rhythm for sleep. We've not really had any major issues since, teething and big life changes have had effect time to time, but it'd be like one day out of several weeks, so, I try to stay positive and understanding during those times.
3. Describe your baby's bedtime routine. Are there any products or methods you do to promote sleep? So part of what helped with getting Nora to sleep through the night was instilling a bedtime routine, for sure. We do a short bath (usually she's already tired at this point, and doesn't last very long), then lotion up, overnight diaper, and into her jammies (aden + anais is one of our favorite brands for loveys, sleep bags, and blankets! They're soft out of the box, and practically turn into butter with each wash). I turn white noise on, give her a pacifier, and her lovey while I hold her close, then say a prayer over our sleep, over Daddy while he's away and whatever else. I've noticed this last little part as she's getting older is the sweetest and both our favorite part (we've always tried reading a book, but seriously she's usually just so done that she ends up fussing the whole time). Then I just lay her down in the crib. Sometimes she fusses a little, but typically she just settles and falls asleep shortly after. It's so sweet.
4. Did you try to create a “sleep schedule” or is it more flexible around your day? Nora kind of made her own schedule. She usually wakes around 7:30 (give or take depending what time she goes down), and will be so sleepy already an hour or an hour and a half later. Like, she literally can't hang past that point. So she naps early still, whether we're at home or in the car, she's out by 9! Then usually a midday nap, then again in the afternoon, sometimes as late as 4, and will wake at 5:30, and STILL be ready for bed by 7/7:30. It's crazy. But some days her naps are only like 45 minutes each, some days they're almost 2 hours each, but either way, time and amount is pretty consistent, which works great because I can still be flexible with my day since she can fall asleep in the car or in the ring sling.
5. How do you feel about co-sleeping? If you do co-sleep, how and when do you plan to transition to a crib/bed? I honestly loved co-sleeping. We were co-sleeping until Nora was 4 months, but realized we were part of why she wasn't sleeping well. She wakes through the night when in the same room, but doesn't make a peep on her own. I was so sad, because I seriously loved it, but now homegirl just thinks our bed is a jungle gym and play time, so, I have hope for this next babe haha. But seriously, sleep is important for all of us, so as much as I loved it, it was really good for all of us when we made the transition, and it was super easy for us since Nora did so well (and by "easy for us" I mean, I was freaked because Nora was in a different room and I couldn't just lean over and kiss her face, but she slept and DJ slept, so... ;)
Anyways, thanks for reading my novel-long answers, and I hope you found it helpful! Sleep is such an important thing, and I think all parents just gotta do what you gotta do to make sure you all get enough of it!
Follow along and read what these other beautiful mamas have to say about SLEEP!
Hannah Renee hannahreneeblog.com // Amanda Krovic amandakrovic.com // Sophia Johnson cultivatemotherhood.wordpress.com // Kacie Ellis elementsofellis.com // Victoria Schneider thesoutherntrunk.com // Amber Hill amberlately.com // Tanya Taylor hislittlelady.com// Carla Thompson curiousnatalia.com // Kymberly Janelle lifewithkymberlyjanelle.com // Emily Lindsey happilylindsey.com // Britt Havens britthavens.com // Stephanie Pollock koleimpressions.com