This post as absolutely nothing to do with books, but as many of you are moms I thought I would use the opportunity to seek advices from more experimented mothers :)
Lily-Ann is now 8 weeks old and has been sleeping in her own bed, alone in her room, for about a month now. During the day, she pretty much sleeps only in our arms and wakes up within 20min if I set her to sleep in her park, located in my living room. At night, she sleeps in her crib and usually wakes up 2-3 times per night to feed (I am breastfeeding). She never fell asleep on her own, always while feeding or I have to rock her to sleep. Most of the time she half wakes-up when we lay her in her bed and falls back asleep on her own, but sometimes she wakes up completely and we have to start all over again. She usually goes to bed between 10 and 11, with her last feeding at 9.
Everyone tells me I should let her cry herself to sleep or she’ll never want to fall asleep on her own and while I don’t want her to be dependant on me to fall asleep, I don’t want her to cry until exhaustion and loose trust in me. I read a lot online about different techniques and I want to start establishing a routine starting with bath at 8 (my husband gets back from work at 7 and I want him to see her a bit before she goes to bed) followed by baby lotion, feeding, rocking (I ordered books to read stories eventually) and bed time.
But I’d like to know about your experience. How was sleeping time with your newborn? How did the transition go? What was the best technique for you? What about day time? Do you have any tips to help her sleep on her own during the day?
Also, it’s hard to put her to back to bed once the sun is up, so I plan to buy more opaque shades to help. Any other ideas?
I’m also debating when to start giving her a bit of cereals. I’d love a few more hours of sleep, and my mom is convinced I should give her half a spoon every night so she’d sleep better nights but I think she’s too young. I’m thinking maybe start in a month or two. When did you start? Any tips to help her sleep longer during the night? I’ll introduce some “white noise” such has her air purifier (which I was turning off at night) or some music.
I know that each baby is different but seeing what everyone else is doing can help find tricks and help me discover the technique that will work for my daughter.
Thank you so much for your time and help and bookish related content shall resume tomorrow morning! lol