On Sleep Training Baby #2

Since I shared a little bit of my pumping + nursing update yesterday, I had a few questions on how we got to the sleep schedule we are currently at – which is awesome – with two littles. So I thought it would be fun to share our experience with getting the littles to sleep through the night, and maybe you could share what has been working {or not working} for you too!

If you want to check out our sleep training update with Brooks at 5 months <- check that out here!

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So Graham is currently 6.5 months old. When he was a newborn up until around 4 months old we kept him in a crib in our room to make night time nursing sessions easier for us all {we are on the third floor and the boys rooms are on the 2nd floor in our house – so not having to deal with going up and down the stairs makes life easier at night} When Graham started sleeping through longer and longer stretches each night, and would be rolling around in his crib like crazy, keeping us awake – we knew it was time to make the move downstairs.

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We did the same thing we did with Brooks and started the same nightly routine at the same time every night – Brooks goes down at 7pm every night {and sleeps until 7/7:30am} so we started putting Graham down around that same time, give or take a few, based on being able to get everything done in time.

I’m a big believer in keeping the kids on schedules – most days. I think they need them, their body needs them and in the end it makes everything easier for everyone – especially now that Brooks only does one nap a day {at 1pm} we can plan our mornings and afternoons knowing when he will need to take a rest.

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As much as I try to get Graham on a more consistent nap schedule, while he is taking 2-3 naps a day, it’s hard with big brother in tow. If we stayed home for everyones naps, we’d never leave the house! And then we would all go insane! So when I have help during the week, I try to make sure Graham is taking his naps in his crib – and when I’m on my own, I do my best to keep him comfortable while we are out and about. His consistent nap right now is the mornings around 9am – he usually is down anywhere from 1-2 hours, which is awesome. The afternoons always get a little crazy and more unreliable. But when he doesn’t nap as well in the afternoon, then I will put him down around 6:30pm to make sure he gets caught up on some sleep.

Most nights when he goes down around 7/7:30pm he’s good thought the night. At first I would sleep with the monitor volume on – because I was afraid Graham would cry and wake up Brooks. So I would always rush down to soothe G. But we have sound machines going on both of the boys rooms and after 6+ months, Brooks has {luckily, knock on wood} never woken up from Graham crying. So now, I usually turn the monitor’s volume off and if Graham is really crying, I’ll hear him up the stairs {we sleep right above him}. Occasionally he cries for a little, rolls around and puts himself back down – which is the ultimate goal. I know he will wake up a few times at night from a sleep cycle, but him being able to put himself back to sleep is essential. His wubanub helps him too.

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Graham is more likely to get up between 8pm – 10pm and fuss a little and need an extra cuddle session before bed, but usually that’s fine with me. If i’m still up, I have no problem going back in there to rock Graham. I typically don’t feed Graham at nighttime because I wouldn’t want him to wake up the next night at the same time expecting to be fed.

This is just what’s been working for us – I think we have good sleepers on our hands, which makes a pretty big difference. So I know I’m lucky and I don’t take any of the sleep for granted! Everynight around bedtime I find myself get a little anxious because, even though it’s been going well for months, you never know what could happen. But I’m grateful when I wake up the next morning – at a respectable time!

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What are your sleep training tips?

Please share! 

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3 Comments

  • Reply Krista K March 24, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    I think you’re doing a great job- I like your thoughts on keeping kids on a schedule. I went through the same scenario as you with my kiddos close in age and trouble staying at home for second baby’s naps. What I learned over time (maybe when 2nd baby was closer to 1), was that I could put her down in her crib a bit early and/or cut the first nap short if we were doing an outing, and then make sure we were home in time for both to get a good afternoon nap. That stage flew by and now we just have one good nap for both!

  • Reply Melissa March 24, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    This post is very timely as I have a sweet 2 month old who wakes ever 2-3 hours to use me as a human pacifier (good thing he’s cute). He is able to put himself to sleep, but not put himself back to sleep – and has no interest in the pacifier at night. The pediatrician gave the green light to sleep train him but he still seems soo little (we sleep trained my first at 4.5 months).

    What were G’s wake ups like before 4 months? It sounds like you didn’t have to do much training with him as he worked it out himself?

  • Reply Patty O March 25, 2016 at 7:11 am

    You have been extremely lucky with the fact that both boys are awesome sleepers. Good job Mom!

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