Our Way The Right Way
keeping James up late Put baby to sleep when the sun goes
so that he would sleep late down (usually btwn 7 and 8)
(works for teenagers....) Babies should sleep from sunset
to sunrise, starting their day no earlier
than 7 am
letting him nap whenever, Have baby awake for about 1.5 hours,
wherever (channeling our then let him nap for awhile, for a total
inner Shakira for that philosophy) of 2-3 naps per day before starting
the bedtime routine
put baby in crib sound asleep Put baby in crib slightly awake so he
will learn to fall asleep on his own
So yeah, the book totally opened my eyes to what we were supposed to be doing! Now that we're following the books suggestions, James' days are much more predictable and he is significantly more pleasant to be around. When he does get cranky, I know he either hungry or ready for a nap. I am so happy to have finally read the book. Thanks to Bryan and Katie for recommending it!
James started eating solid foods this month! I wanted to wait until 6 months, but I read an article from the Mayo Clinic that made me realize James was ready. The article gave these three questions,
- Can your baby hold his or her head in a steady, upright position?
- Can your baby sit with support?
- Is your baby interested in what you're eating?
James also started rolling from his back onto his stomach this month. He used to cause a loud raucous kicking and screaming when he tried to roll over because his arm would be in the way. Now, he just rolls right over. This new mobility means we're putting him down on one side of the room, and he'll end up on the other! We've even come into his room in the morning to find him sleeping on his stomach. Frankly, as long as he's asleep, we're cool with it.
Happy Half-Birthday, James Eugene! You're turning into such a big boy!