14 years of working with children and almost 9 years of parenting has taught me that very few babies have the personalities you read in books. Just like no 2 adults eat the same things, the same amounts, the same times, or go to bed/wake up at the same times, or require the same level of activity, no 2 babies are the same.
Any suggestions then on how I know when the right time to put my baby down is?
I seem to do it either too early or too late.
I think I have read so much that whenever faced with having to put DD down, I second guess myself every time and lately I've been getting it wrong every time.
I'm at my wits end as every sleep and nap time is a struggle followed by another struggle to get her back to sleep when she wakes up from every sleep cycle.
Our house has really noisy floorboards under the carpet and so are our doors. Every time I think I have her down asleep (after the supposed 20 minutes of light sleep at the beginning of each cycle) I go to walk away but the loud cracks if the floor and creaks of the door wake her up and I'm back to square one.
DD2 was a fantastic sleeper, she had some off weeks but generally great for both day naps and night sleeps.
Day naps are out the window this past week. She is sleeping 8pm to 10am with 1-2 feeds in between so thats great but she flat out fights me tooth and nail for day naps
Poor DD1 is getting quite bored with tha fact that I'm constantly feeding DD2 or fighting her off to sleep.
I'm hoping it will pass soon!
Toss the books. They have a habit of making parents second guess themselves instead of getting to know their baby.
For those who are struggling to know when to put their baby down to sleep, I highly reccomend getting hold of a video showing the variety of common tired signs. It helped us immensely. Also, on topic, I have discovered that the best way is to just let your baby lead, it made our lives so much easier when we stopped trying to put him in a routine of our choosing!
You know what you should do? Throw out or burn the books and just go with the flow. Go with your Mummy instinct and do what works.
That is all.
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