Question of the week at multiples and more is “How do you encourage healthy sleep habits in your children?”
I really didn’t know a whole lot when it came to napping and infants at the beginning of this parenting experience. I’m still learning and do not claim to be an expert. In fact one of the biggest mistakes we made with our boys when they were about 6 or 7 months was waiting till they showed signs of tiredness before we laid them down. I didn’t know that infants could get over tired and thus making more difficult to lay them down to sleep. Like I said I’m a constant learner in the school of parenting!
Here are some of my comments to the following questions:
When they were infants, how did you get your babies to sleep/nap at the same time?
When our kids were newborn I was told by many a wise parent to keep them on the same schedule. For the most part we tried to keep them on the same sleep schedule, but they were definetely days that we didn’t. We usually rocked our babies to sleep and that was enough for them to go to sleep at the same time. Looking back I can now say I wish we had been MORE regimented with them in this area. Being a new parents we just did the best we knew and could do with little sleep and sanity.
If they wake up early from a nap, how did/do you handle that?NOW, when they wake up early from a nap I definitely make every effort to rock them back to sleep or lay with them on my bed to go back to sleep. 80% of the time they go back to sleep.
Do you have a minimum amount of time that you want your babies to sleep, or at least rest in their cribs for? I think they function alot better if they get at least a 2 hour nap each day. There are some days when one of them will wake up after an hour and 15 minutes….that extra 45 minutes their awake makes a HUGE difference in their behavior and attitudes.