During week 2, I was nursing one side per feeding, ever 3 hours. However, this week, I moved to nursing one side per feeding every 2.5 hours. He was not sleeping through to the 3 hour mark for some of naps so I thought it was best to move back to a 2.5 hour feeding schedule. Haydon was also having a cluster feeding frenzy and was fussy in the late afternoon/ early evenings and refusing to fall asleep until very late in the evening (AKA Witching Hour). I thought about ways to try of eliminating the late bedtime and the cluster feeding, and it occurred to me that he was most likely cluster feeding to get in additional feedings before bedtime. Moving from a 3 to a 2.5 hour feeding schedule allowed me to fit in an additional feeding during the day. Ever since I moved back to a 2.5 hour feeding schedule, 6 our of 7 nights resulted in no cluster feeding and earlier bedtime. Another wonderful side effect of moving back to a 2.5 hour feeding schedule was that Haydon started to sleep a longer stretch at night 4-5 hours.
I am still experiencing an over supply issued with my breastmilk. I am still blockfeeding, feeding from breast per feeding session, which seems to be cutting back on the spit up and evening fussiness, but he still continues to have tummy issues, green poops, and a diaper rash. I wrote more about my over supply in this post- Breastfeeding Issues: Foremilk Hindmilk Imbalance.
Haydon’s wake time length, which includes feeding and activity, is about 40ish minutes long. The first wake time of the day is the shortest. I notice that I can put him down around 35 minutes of being awake and he returns back to sleep rather easy. The rest of the wake time lengths continue to be about 40ish minutes in length. I know it is time to get ready for a nap when he yawns, gets fidgety, or starts to blankly stair with a glazed look on his face. Sometimes, when I am holding Haydon, he will try to hide his face in my shoulder or chest when he gets tired. I guess he is trying to block out the stimulation all around him.
His nap routine is the same as when he was 2 weeks old:
The nap and sleep prep routine that I have fallen into using with Haydon is the following:
1. Turn on Sound Machine
2. Change Diaper
4. Turn off Lights
5. Hold up right over shoulder and gently pat his back or bottom
6. Lay him in his crib
*** If he has trouble settling, I shush/ pat his belly until his breathing slows down and his eyes grow heavy and begin to shut. Or I will gently rub his head. If I am lucky, he’ll take his paci to calm down every once in a while.
most of his naps are about 1.5 hours in length, but he does wake for about 50% of them at the 45 minutes mark or sometime mid nap. I started to let him fuss and cry midnap for 5-10 minutes to see if he’ll put himself back to sleep. More on cry-it-out written below.
I have started letting Haydon cry this week. I still do my nap time routine and help sooth him to sleep, but sometimes even with holding, patting, and calming he still needs to cry. I started letting him cry for about 5-10 minutes. The first few days he would cry up to 10 minutes, then I would go in a sooth him and he would go to sleep, but by the end of the week, he was down to only 5 minutes of crying and falling asleep on his own for most naps (if he even cried at all). I also started to let him fuss and cry if he wakes early or mid nap to see if he’ll go to sleep on his own. If he cries longer than 5-10 minutes, I go in and rub his head, pat belly, or offer a paci to help calm him and help him return to sleep. He started putting himself back to sleep for some naps if he woke early, but I still find myself having to help sooth him back to sleep most most naps. That’s okay, I am just happy he’s making any progress on self-soothing at all. I figured it is better to teach him these self-soothing strategies now rather than have to break a lot of bad habits later.
6:30 Eat, Wake, Sleep (35-40 minutes of wake time)
9:00 EWS (40ish minutes of wake time)
11:30 EWS (40ish minutes of wake time)
2:00 EWS (40ish minutes of wake time)
4:30 Eat, Bath, Nap (45-50 minutes of wake time)
6:30 Eat, put right to bed for the night
Middle Of the Night Feeding around 2am