Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Self Soothing, Daytime Style

Tessa is notorious for being a bad napper or anti-napper. Our problem lately has been that I rock her to sleep in the afternoon, she falls asleep and as soon as I lay her in her crib she wakes up and cries at me....and eventually I end up holding her. I KNOW she's tired. When I hold her or nap with her (like when I was sick last week), she'll sleep for 2+ hrs.

So I decided it was time to bite the bullet and let her cry. We did this at bedtime several months ago and it worked well. She is now such a great sleeper, but for whatever reason it never translated into daytime.

So I have decided that every day she will lay in her crib in the afternoon for one hour, no matter what happens. If she sleeps more than an hour, even better. Yesterday she was asleep, I laid her down and of course she woke up and I walked away.

She screamed, she yelled, she banged her head against the crib. She had an epic meltdown. BUT...after 30 mins she decided to take a nap. Yay! We did it again today and there was only 7 minutes of meltdown.

I'm so excited about having a guaranteed hour break every will be so much easier to get things done knowing that I have some arms free time. Wow! I haven't used my time very well today, I should take the opportunity to dust!

1 comment:

BrookZ said...

ha forget dusting that is NO fun- we will not mind dust bunnies when we come over, I could bring a few of ours so they can mingle! I am better at "picking up" as Shane says not deep cleaning- that is so gross but that is what I do!!

Abbey is normally a good sleeper and a very happy baby however I think that she is either getting hungry and wanting food or teething bc I have noticed she is getting fussier in the evenings and she STARES at our food. She does like to drink from Shanes water glass, actually she blows bubbles in it and ony gets a little in her mouth! She just plays with her sippy cup! I have to rock her to sleep for her nap in the evening but she will normally go down for about an hour!