The only complaint I have about Eliza's routine is that the 3 hour schedule seems programmed into her nights. Several weeks ago she was regularly sleeping 6-7 hour stretches at night (and even had 2 full nights of sleep!) but recently she wakes up every 3-4 hours. While we were traveling for the holidays I responded to her cries during the night and fed her but I know that she is big enough to be able to make it through the night (or at least 6-7 hours) without being fed.
So last night I made the decision to let her "cry it out" when she woke during the night. I told myself I would let her cry at least 10 minutes before intervening and that's all it took! She woke around 2 & 5am with some little coos & cries and it only went on for about 5 minutes before she settled herself back down and fell asleep. She woke for the day around 6:45 -- right on track with her normal routine!
|Sleepy baby-- just before naptime.|
Another thing, Eliza has been swaddled to sleep since her first night at the hospital but a couple of nights ago she started to break out of her Miracle Blanket swaddle. I knew this meant it was time to teach her to sleep without it. During Eliza's naps yesterday I just swaddled on of her arms and put her lovie in the other arm. I was anticipating the naps being short and disruptive with a flailing arm but much to my surprise she went right to sleep and napped her normal length-- go girl! Since the naps went so well I figured I might as well work on lengthening her nighttime sleep and dropping the swaddle at the same time. As mentioned above, the first night went great! I'm hoping the next few go just as well.
In other news, Eliza is getting used to life at the hotel-- she loves relaxing and watching TV with us.