Only nine days until the official start of fall – but it seems like it’s here in Charlotte already! I can’t wait for this:
As well as: turning off the air conditioner at night, Halloween festivities, sweaters, scarves, boots (yay, boots!), running outside and not getting sweaty, and – of course – lots and lots of walks.
In the last two days, Henry, James, and I have walked more than 7 miles. It’s so nice out – why stay in the house?! I think of all of these walks as sneaky bonus exercise.
Help Me Help Henry
The quest for better sleep continues. The feedback I got on this post on how to get Henry to sleep better (not through the night, that’s not my goal yet, but just better) was very helpful. I bought Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child because so many people recommended it, but I’m having a problem understanding the ‘plan’ – if there is one. The author seems to jump between topics a lot, and I’m not sure what I’m supposed to be doing. As I mentioned in the original sleep post, I really just want a plan to follow - I know not all babies are the same but I’m really good at following directions and want to try a set plan instead of flying by the seat of my pants.
What I’ve gathered from HSHHC so far:
Henry needs to go to bed earlier. Not 8 – 9 PM. More like 7 PM. Since Sunday, I’ve been trying to wind him down at 7 but he’s used to going to bed later… so that hasn’t been working.
Henry should never be awake for more than two hours at a time. This blew my mind. Henry is up usually from 8 AM to 1 PM without a nap. Maybe a cat nap but certainly not a real nap in his bed.
I was interpreting signs of drowsiness as signs of ‘I’m bored, please play with me.’ Whoops.
Henry should take a morning nap between 9 – 10 AM. (I just put him down and after 15 minutes of fussing, he fell asleep! I was amazed.)
Annnnnd that’s it. No idea what to do at night with night wake-ups.
So, basically, if you have read HSHHC and can break down what I’m supposed to be doing for my 3 month old, I would very much appreciate it. I’m surprised the book isn’t easier to follow, considering that sleep deprived parents are reading it!
I feel the entire book should be pictures and bullet points, like so: