Sleep…what all us mamas want and what none of us get enough of. Ha! I feel like it’s one of the hottest topics among moms. We all want to know eachothers sleep secrets, at what age our babies started sleeping through the night, etc. So for this month’s “Let’s Be Honest Mama’s” post, we’re talking sleep. Hannah, from the blog Hannah Renee, came up with 5 of the most asked sleep questions for all thirteen of us moms to answer. I always like to hear what other moms are doing because what works best for each baby and family is different. Be sure to click on the links at the bottom of this post to read what the other mamas had to say. I hope you enjoy!
- How well does your babe(s) sleep? Sleeping through the night? Taking good naps? None of the above? 😉 I’ve been lucky because Hazel has always been a good sleeper. By one month old, she was sleeping a five hour stretch when I would first put her to bed. By four months old, she was waking up only once and sometimes she would even sleep through the night. At five months, she started sleeping through the night and waking up anywhere between 6:00-7:00am. When it comes to naps, from one month old to five months old, Hazel would sleep an hour to two hours for her morning nap and then she would take a three hour nap in the afternoon. At five months old, Hazel got her pavlik harness off and we had a little set back with naptime, but we’re back on track now with two two-hour naps in her crib, and sometimes a third half hour to one hour nap in the evening.
- Have you or are you planning to “sleep train”? How did you go about it? I never really thought of it as “sleep training” but I guess you could call it that. We taught her to sleep without being held when she was a newborn by rocking her in her bassinet (thank you Cody for constantly rocking her bassinet at night so I could sleep!). I taught her to put herself to sleep by putting her in her crib awake but drowsy and doing the “cry it out” method (we checked on her every 5 minutes). I know that’s a tough one on mamas, but it worked for us. When we had the naptime set back, I realized I was making some sleep mistakes which I’ll share more about in an upcoming post 🙂
- Describe your baby’s bedtime routine. Are there any products or methods you do to promote sleep? We start our bedtime routine around 7:30. First we read a couple books (although, soon, I’m probably go to start reading her a book after I give her her bottle), then we give her a bath, lotion her, and put her in her pajamas and sleeping bag. (P.S. The sleeping bags from aden + anais are so super soft. Plus, they’re long and wide which was great when Hazel had to sleep in her pavlik harness). Cody and Hazel cuddle a little bit while I get on my pajamas. Then I take her into her room where I turn on the white noise machine, and I give her a bottle. She’s usually still awake after she finishes her bottle, so I set her in her crib, tell her “Goodnight. Sweet dreams. I love you”, turn off the lamp, walk out of the room, and close the door. She tosses and turns for a few minutes before falling asleep. I used to have a night light in her room but it broke and she started sleeping better without it so I never got a new one. Our naptime routine consists of turning on her white noise machine and singing four songs while I change her diaper, put her in her sleepsack, and give her a bottle. Then I put her in her crib.
- Did you try to create a “sleep schedule” or is it more flexible around your day? Neither. I learned Hazel’s cues for when she’s sleepy and base nap time around what’s best for her. Naturally, she’s put herself on a bit of a schedule, but the times can differ day to day depending on when she wakes up in the morning. And as she grows, her sleep needs change. For example, when she started crawling, she started napping a little longer because she wore herself out crawling all over the house. I think having a “sleep routine” is more important than a “sleep schedule”. The sleep routine will cue your baby to sleepy time. A sleep routine can stay the same as your child grows, whereas a sleep schedule will be constantly changing as your child grows. On the weekends, we sometimes make her be more flexible to our schedules so that we can have a family outing. I think it’s important to have a balance…most of the time stick to your baby’s schedule, but it’s good for your baby to learn to adjust to life surroundings too.
- How do you feel about co-sleeping? If you do co-sleep, how and when do you plan to transition to a crib/bed? Cody and I chose not to co-sleep. We felt like it’d be easier to get Hazel to learn to sleep on her own when she was a baby and didn’t know any different, than to fight that battle when she’s older. For the first week, Hazel slept in a bassinet next to our bed. At a week old, we started putting her in her crib in her room. We all seemed to sleep better that way. We weren’t waking up at Hazel’s every move and Hazel wasn’t waking up when we rolled over in bed. But ultimately, you just have to do whatever is best for you and your family 🙂
Be sure to check out these beautiful mama’s blogs:
Hannah Renee hannahreneeblog.com // Amanda Krovic amandakrovic.com // Sophia Johnson cultivatemotherhood.wordpress.com // Mary Salas honeywild.co // Victoria Schneider thesoutherntrunk.com
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