The Sleep, Baby, Sleep Exercise ProgramPosted: November 12, 2014
Baby Girl doesn’t sleep well during the day. I know that I should be thankful that she at least sleeps some during the night, but having an infant awake during most of the day makes it really difficult to wake up at midnight. . . and 3 a.m. . . . and 5:30 a.m. . . .
And before everyone jumps in with advice about how to get Baby Girl to nap, let me say I’ve heard most of the advice. I know I should put her to bed when she looks sleepy (she doesn’t fall asleep when I do that). I’ve heard about schedules and routines (I gave up on that after about 12 hours because I was in tears since she “wasn’t doing it right”). I’ve read books like On Becoming Babywise (I can’t bring myself to do cry-it-out yet) and The Happiest Baby on the Block (I had to leave those tips behind when Baby Girl gave up being swaddled). About the only thing that is keeping my last bit of sanity is this blog post.
Anyway, to get Baby Girl to occasionally nap during the day, I’ve implemented the Sleep, Baby, Sleep Exercise Program.
First, I start with the Baby Carry
Sometimes Baby Girl works herself up so much that she needs soothing and burping. I can accomplish both by carrying her high up on my shoulder and walk throughout the house again and again and again.
Then I switch over to the Baby Bounce
Bouncing helps soothes Baby Girl to the point where her eyelids start drooping. While it works to bounce-walk with her in my arms, it’s much more efficient to place Baby Girl in a baby carrier (I use a Moby Wrap) and bounce on an exercise ball. It can take up to 30 minutes to get her to sleep like this and I can start to “feel the burn” after about 10 minutes. So the question comes to this: Do I want my comfort or do I want her to sleep? Sleep usually wins.
If all else fails, I go to the Baby Stroll
Sometimes I go outside with Baby Girl in her carrier but the stroller works as well. The key to using the stroller is walking at a brisk pace–no lollygagging! I used this method going to church and was shocked to find out it took 5 minutes less to get there than when I was pregnant. I guess it’s easier to push Baby Girl outside my body than to carry her inside my body.
If I can get Baby Girl to fall asleep with the Sleep, Baby, Bleep Exercise Program, I’ll place her in her swing. Then I can finally do something productive. . . or just worry about why she is sleeping for so long.
What things have you needed to do in order to get a baby to sleep?