Sleep Training Update

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Categories Feeding, Organization, Routines, Sleep

I haven’t posted lately because I’ve been very diligently sleep training around here. But I am happy to report that our training is almost complete.

As some may remember, we somehow got to a place where I was woken up a half dozen times every night by one baby or another, and daytime naps/feeds were all over the place. I quickly discovered Baby Boy had nothing to do with the problem, and in fact, he had been as much a victim to Baby Girl’s bad habits as I was. So, I went to work on Baby Girl.

First, I stopped feeding on demand. I got sick of feeding them bits here and there, so one day I just imposed a 4 hour feeding schedule. Wasn’t a problem for them AT. ALL. No more eating in dribs and drabs. No more refusing feeds. No more crying for unknown reasons. Every 3.75-4 hours, they cry to be fed. And when they cry at any other time, it’s not hunger! I still let them eat however much they want at each feeding (I bottle feed breastmilk), and even that’s been slowly regulating to a consistent amount. No idea why I didn’t think to do this sooner.

Second, I took away Baby Girl’s paci completely. I wanted them to attach to their Wubbas as security objects, so I was leaving it with her to hold, but having it there on her chest just meant she was constantly crying for the paci part to be in her mouth. Plus it was too tempting for me to just give it to her in moments of weakness. So after a few days of ups and downs with the weaning, I put it away. We’ll try again with them as loveys after I take the pacifier part off of them and the association wears off.

So, major problems solved. We are all sleeping through the night. Baby Girl no longer wakes up, for feeding or her paci. (YAY!!!!) And we now have a routine that evolved to (very) loosely look like this:

7am– wake up, eat

8:30-10:30– nap

11am– eat

12:00-2:30– nap

3pm– eat

4:30-6pm– nap

7pm– eat

7:30– sleep

11pm– eat

This is doubly awesome because it matches Toddler’s schedule exactly (I actually shifted Toddler’s nap to match their midday one). Next up: Cut out the 11pm feed, and Kick Baby Girl to the Nursery!

lunchldyd is mom to a 3 yo daughter and 5 mo b/g twins. She is overjoyed to have her evenings back again.

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lunchldyd is mom to 3 year old boy/girl twins and their 5.5 year old sister. She is now teaches part-time to juggle the needs of her young children. When not at work and the kids are asleep, she is addicted to watching TV and sometimes sacrifices sleep to read in bed. She lives in the Los Angeles suburbs with her husband, three kids, and two dogs.

5 thoughts on “Sleep Training Update”

  1. Great job! Once they are eating enough during the day (at least 24 oz. according to the Baby Sleep Solution) then you can slowly (or quickly) remove the 11 pm bottle knowing they got what they needed during the day. We finally did cry it out after 1 month of slowly weaning the nighttime feedings because they were just not giving them up, and they actually took to cry it out very well. Only took a few days.

  2. You sound so relieved, isn’t it nice to find what works for you? This is a lot like the schedule we had when our twins were this age. I miss the two naps. :)

  3. Yeah for you! Isn’t it wonderful. I did the same thing, adjusting my then toddler’s nap time to match up with the babies’. Those two hours became so precious to me! Congrats!

  4. Oh, I hope that one day I, too, will be able to breathe a sigh of relief as you have done in this post. We are currently in the I-need-Mommy-and-Daddy-at-all-times phase (3 months old) AND I’m-hungry-all-the-time AND I-don’t-want-to-sleep-ever phases all at once. We’re tired and ready for them to sleep through the night. Even if they would go back to only one wake-up a night, we’d be happy!

    1. Awwww, rereading this post totally took me back to that time period. It was rough, but I felt (still do!) so accomplished for having achieved that schedule. We’re currently down to two naps per day, and they are rock star sleepers at night. You’ll get there! And then you can pat yourself on the back. Hang in there.

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