Friday, February 25, 2011

Starting to Get This Whole "Parenting" Thing Figured Out.

Sort of.

It's been a month since my last post.  For me that time has gone by in a blink of an eye!

I'm trying to establish some sort of routine to make life with an  infant easier on both of us.  Note that I said routine not schedule.  I believe in babies sleeping and eating on demand at this young age.

Last week I started a bedtime routine.  When the Babe indicates that he is hungry, and it's at least 8pm, I'll take him up to his room where I can rock him while he nurses.  When he falls asleep I'll put him in his crib for the night.  Some nights he falls asleep right away, other nights I'll need to play soothing music and rock him longer.  Sometimes I'll just put him in the crib where he can put himself to sleep.  So far it seems to be working.  He's sleeping longer and longer.

But now that he's going to bed sooner, he's waking up sooner too.  So this week I've started a morning routine.  Once he's up, changed and fed, I'll put him in his bouncy seat on the kitchen floor where I can then feed the cats and get my breakfast made.  Then the Babe gets put in front of Sesame Street while I eat.  I'm happy to say that I've been able to eat breakfast all week!

While he is starting to sleep better at night, nap time is still a struggle.  Unless we are holding him, his naps will only last about 30 minutes.   And this, I tell Hubby, is why nothing gets done in the house all day!

I try to schedule any activities for the early afternoons.  If I plan things right he will fall asleep in the car and stay asleep for a couple of hours.  I have a dentist appointment next week - please keep your fingers crossed that he will sleep through it.


Michelle said...

I like that you are developing a routine, not a schedule. That's what I hope to do when I have a child or children. The way I see it, they are people too and sometimes they may need to go to bed early or have a desire to stay up a little later. I mean, you are raising a child, not a robot, so what difference does it make if he gets put to bed at 9:00 instead of 8:30 some nights?

I have found, both through family and friends and from working in a daycare, that children who have a routine vs. a schedule are much more calm and generally happier. Because even at a very young age, it's important for them to be given at least a small amount of control or they tend to start pushing boundaries really early...and much harder.

Sounds like you guys are doing great so far. Have you tried using a wrap yet for his naps so that you can still do what you need/want?

Alex said...

This sounds wonderful - I've heard from so many moms that routines are key! So glad things are going so well!

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