I broke down and bought the book. I have not read everything but skimmed the chapters to see if I would like to try it.
Many of you know our twins were in the NICU for 4 weeks and got on a feeding schedule of every three hours from birth. So we did not have to find a schedule for them but we noticed that they fell asleep right after getting their bottle or during thier feed. Before Baby Wise we started changing their diaper in the middle of their feed to wake them up but after they were done we would hold them and then let them fall asleep. They were just too cute plus they are preemies and sleep is the best thing for them. After a few friends mentioned Baby Wise I decided to break down and buy the book and have read some, mostly about the eat/awake/sleep schedule. I have to say it makes perfect sense to have a baby play on a full stomach then sleep and not wake up till the next feeding. I don't really like having a fussy baby wake up 30 minutes before feeding (which we have). BUT it is sooooo hard to keep my boys up. Not all the time, sometimes they are wide awake but other times they just fall asleep and you can try everything to keep them up but they won't budge. So what do we do to keep them up for an hour to an hour 1/2?????? Even sometimes they won't go down at all and fuss the entire two 1/2 hours to three hours till they eat again. They are well fed so whats the deal.. any ideas? Also they talk about not letting them fall asleep in their swings.... well wouldn't you if you were being rocked, watching a mobile and listening to sweet music? I am at a loss how to keep them up after they eat unless they choose to themselves. Brian even mentioned after learning what this book says that we look like horrible parents because we don't do much of what it says or we even do it backwards? Is it too early for them to learn all this? They are two months old BUT their adjusted age is only around 2 1/2 weeks. I feel like I am going into this so blind that I am going to mess up. Brian and I have started putting them in their crib for naps now instead of in a swing or boppy lounger and they scream bloody murder for about 15 minutes and it breaks my heart but Brian has done so well in being firm with them. Sometimes it works and sometimes the screams get so bad I have to go in and hold or comfort them. I just don't know what I am doing. Any advice from you guys?
Monday, March 3, 2008
posted by The Synnott's at 9:45 AM