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Sleep Training (Part 1)

I can’t say I’m a huge fan of sleep training.** The whole concept of “training” your baby immediately makes me think of the only other small family member people typically try to train – their dog. I’d like to think that my approach to baby-rearing would be a little different than my approach to caring for my (hypothetical) pooch.

So right from the start, let’s ditch the term training and call it teaching instead. Or maybe practicing. I can see us practicing something over and over again until we get it right (I know, I know…you’d practice over and over with your dog as well, but….it just sounds better to me).

With my little Boo there are a number of areas where we need to practice better sleeping habits.

I am the first to admit that my Boo has a very serious suck-to-sleep association. He will not fall asleep for naps or at bedtime without his Mama’s help (and by help, I mean my nipple). I’ve tried working on breaking this association repeatedly (mostly via the Pantley Pull Off), but ultimately find myself giving up as over and over again Boo desperately searches for my nipple, kicks and flails and ultimately starts crying if he doesn’t find it. I can only do this so many times before I actually wake him up (I think my record was about 15 tries).

A little while ago I decided to take a break and tackle another issue: naps.

Since the very beginning, I’ve successfully been able to put a sleeping Boo into his crib for bedtime. But he’s never really allowed me to do so for naps. Within 5-10 minutes of putting him down, he wakes up. Crabby. So to ensure he gets his sleep I’ve had him nap in my arms every day, twice a day. It can be kind of sweet….but also incredibly inconvenient.

The only other way to ensure a good daytime sleep for my little man has been to lie down with him once he’s asleep…my proximity obviously provides him comfort. Which got me thinking of a new strategy. Instead of putting him into his crib and quietly sneaking away, I’ve been staying in his room to comfort or shush him if need be. I started off sitting right next to his crib, and am now sitting on the other side of the room. So far…it’s working. He generally remains asleep for a good hour, and sometimes up to 2 hours. Technically, I’m still kinda trapped. But not nearly to the same extent as I was before. Now I can move (!), I can read a book, use my iPad or laptop. I can fold laundry, or drink a cup of tea. It’s wonderful.

Boo Boo Napping

Oh yes….my little man sleeps with his bum in the air.

I’m hoping to continue this strategy. Eventually I’ll move to just outside the doorway, and then completely out of his room, and……God only knows what I’ll do with the time! Maybe I’ll devise a new plan to (eventually) get little Boo to fall asleep without his Mama.

**Please note that my opinions on sleep training are just that – opinions – and in no way are a commentary on whatever methods you’ve used to get your baby to sleep (so long as the kid gets to sleep, I think you’re doing a great job). It just so happens that formal sleep training isn’t for me….probably because I’m not disciplined enough. Then again, if I find a method that works, maybe I’ll change my tune and embark on a little training practice programme of my own.

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Lately No. 2

Our days are still focused on improving Boo’s napping…we’re making good progress!

Boo Boo napping in his crib

Boo Boo fast asleep in his crib – as opposed to in my arms. It’s wonderful to be able to put him down once he falls asleep.

Cup of tea

Now that Boo is napping in his crib, I can actually indulge in a cup of tea. Which is so so wonderful!

Ziploc bag painting

Just because we’ve been staying close to home doesn’t mean we haven’t been doing anything. We tried a little painting….but kept everything in a Ziploc bag to keep it clean. Boo waved it around more than anything!

Skip Hop Moby bath spout cover

About two months ago, Boo made the transition to the big tub. Like every other parent on the planet we got the Moby bath spout cover to protect his noggin. It does the job….but it also encourages him to stand in the tub to try and maul it.

Boo after a bath

Boo enjoys a little “air drying” after a bath – he used to kinda just stay in his room, but now he has the run of the house in his birthday suit.

Good morning sunshine

Napping better during the day seems to be helping Boo sleep better at night too – so we’re waking up to more smiles than we used to.

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Time flies

Oh yeah…so this happened last weekend:

Boo turns 11 months

My little man turned 11 months old. Which means he’s now, like…11 months and almost one week! Which means he’s less than a month away from turning ONE! Which is just crazy. Wasn’t he only just born?

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Please Don’t Ask

Though it’s surely some strange and bizarre coincidence, it always ALWAYS seems to happen. Someone will very innocently ask how Boo is sleeping, wondering if he sleeps through the night….and I cringe. It’s not that I don’t want to answer. Talking about sleep is, after all, the parenting equivalent of talking about the weather.

And you’d think I’d be eager to boast about my very excellent sleeper (well, excellent once he’s asleep sleeper). Only I’m not. I don’t want to talk about it at all. Ever. Because though Boo will typically sleep through most nights, as soon as someone asks about his sleep….he won’t. He’ll wake up repeatedly. Or wake up and take forever to get back to sleep. Or just be impossible to get to bed in the first place. Or some combination thereof. It is extremely frustrating.

Boo in bed

I therefore prefer not to tempt fate, and to just not talk about it to anyone other than my husband. I’ve actually banned my mother and mother-in-law from asking any questions about Boo’s sleep….and they’re both mostly managing to hold their tongues on this topic (it’s much appreciated ladies!).

So if you’re reading this post, and you’re likely to talk, text, email or FaceBook me….please….I know you’re trying to be nice and show interest in what is obviously a huge part of my life. But it’s not necessary. Please don’t ask.

Please note that I am very much aware that Boo’s current good sleeping habits are likely to end at a moment’s notice…or when he finally starts teething. But for now, I’m enjoying them. In silence.

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Lately No. 1

Here’s a little peak into what’s been happening around the house these days:

Mama playing with Boo Boo

Boo has been learning how to open his pop-up toy, rather than just close it.

Xylophone

We’ve been playing the xylophone – Boo’s getting pretty good at hitting the actual keys, and I’ve DOUBLED my musical repertoire!!
(So yeah…I learned a second song).

Boo getting into the cupboards

Boo Boo has been exploring the kitchen cupboards – he’s a big fan of pulling out the tupperware and fondling the pasta.

Boo playing with the curtains

It’s always fun to play in the curtains! (or under scarves, blankets, towels, you name it)

Mama's feet

I got to wear pants during a recent cold snap – the first hint of Fall was in the air! Ok ok….LEGGINGS are not pants, I know. But these ones from ZIBtextile are just awesome. (Oh, and thanks to Photoshop it’s not so obvious that that carpet desperately needed vacuuming! Hurrah for technology!)

Boo Boo and Scout

Boo Boo remains devoted to his pal Scout.

Apart from a few walks to the park and playing in the backyard, we haven’t been getting out of the house too much these days. We’ve been working on improving Boo’s napping and so I’ve been trying to keep his days as simple and consistent as possible, so that I can get him to sleep as soon as he shows signs of fatigue.

Even though we’ve been sticking close to home, our days still feel pretty full! Boo Boo is an active little boy who makes the rounds between playing (and getting into trouble) in the living room, kitchen, his bedroom, my bedroom and, when he can sneak in, the bathroom (it gets slippery very easily in there AND has a ceramic step which I fear he’ll fall onto…I think it’s the only room in which I feel overprotective….plus he’s always trying to get his hands into the toilet, which is just gross).

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