Here in the Edspire household we are dealing with some sleep issues.
I wonder if anyone is able to offer advice on the three separate dilemmas I am facing with my fabulous three?
Problem 1: To Nap or Not to Nap…
Esther and William are now 25 months old. They are generally good sleepers and have been since they were 15 months. Until very recently they have slept for about 90 minutes during the day at 1pm ish and then slept from 7pm – 7am overnight. At the moment they are getting upset if we put them down for a daytime nap and tend to play around for an hour and then we get them up again. When they do sleep during the day though they go to bed at 7pm they are often not asleep much before 9.
So I am thinking that the time has come to change our routine and perhaps drop their daytime nap?
I have to be honest the thought fills me with dread as I cherish the hour I have without them in the middle of the day. If I am very lucky, and have timed it right, Matilda will be asleep aswell and I get to have a sit down with a hot cup of tea!
But my selfish thoughts aside, if Esther and William do not sleep in the day then the last bits of their day are terrible as they start to become tired, clumsy and cross. I just don’t know what we should do for the best!
How did you cope with the end of daytime sleep or have you found a way of encouraging your toddler to enjoy an afternoon siesta?
Problem 2: Cot to Bed?
The terrible twos have begun though one month in they are not too terrible so far but their are things on the horizon that we need to address that may well bring them on if we do not approach them carefully. One of these is potty training (to which I sm devoting a whole series of posts!!) the other is transitioning twins from their cots into beds.
To be honest I have absolutely no idea where to begin with this one?!?
Esther and William share a room. Can I honestly expect them to learn to sleep in a bed and not just play around all night running from bed to bed? Fellow mummies, how do we even begin?
Can you please please share your tips for moving toddlers from cot to bed?
Problem 3: Matilda Mae, Where Do I Begin?
Matilda Mae will be 17 weeks old tomorrow. She is wonderful and I love her with all my heart.
But … I do not enjoy the amount of time I spend ssshing her and jiggling her to sleep.
I walk miles I am certain every day in the quest for Matilda sleep.
And this would be fine, sort of, if I did not also have the twins to look after and enjoy.
Matilda has something of a routine now.
We get up about 7am. She is generally awake and happy til 9am when operation sleep begins. I feed her and then pace around with her until she is almost fast asleep or completely asleep amd then put her in her crib.
She tends to sleep between 40 minutes and an hour at this time.
She is then awake and often whingey from 10ish until 12 – 12.30pm when operation sleep begins again.
This is usually a longer sleep, between one and two hours on a good day. Sometimes she will cry after half an hour or so then I will cuddler her back to sleep and she will sleep on me. This has always coincided with Esther and William being asleep and so has been a welcome cuddle time but I will not be free for cuddles if the terrible two no longer sleep.
Often Matilda has another short nap around 4.30 / 5.00pm either before or after her bath.
She then on a good day is asleep in her crib by about 8pm, wakes for a feed about 10pm and then sleeps through.
I say she sleeps through but actually she sleeps in our bed with me and so helps herself to food throughout the night, though I am only really aware of this happening once in the night. I think!
There are so many bad habits in the statement above, in this routine of ours and I am not really sure how to start straightening them out?
I would love to hear about other baby’s routines at 4 months or 17 weeks. I would love to know your tips for helping Matilda to settle her self to sleep? How do I help her to soothe herself to sleep when she wakes too early from her nap? Ar there alternatives to the constant pacing and ssshing? What works best for you? It may be just the thing that works for us too!
Please please if you have read this and have any tips or advice or a blpg post I should read. Please leave a comment below and help us get some sleep!!