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
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.