Friday, June 3, 2011
Going to sleep on their own
This was our method to getting the boys to sleep:
We start with giving the
boys a bottle of milk in their cribs. Sometimes they would fall asleep during or after finishing their bottle.
If that fails, we bring them back out to the living room where we sit and watch tv until they fall asleep or get antsy.
If they get antsy, I take one of them and walk around with them and try to rock them to sleep. After the one I have falls asleep, I do the same to the other if they haven't fallen asleep with Joy.
This method worked pretty well. Heck, they were going to sleep at night now!
The problem is that the boys were so used to this method that it made it really hard for Joy to them down for a nap.
So this weekend, or actually Sunday we started working really hard to get them to go sleep on their own.
So we gave them bottles and walked out until we heard them freaking out.
Instead of grabbing them, we made them stay in the cribs and Joy and I sat on the floor. I read to them. Joy would play music for them and sing. Or We both would sit silently reading to ourselves. But we did let them leave their cribs.
Sometimes I would get them to sleep by simply reading to them. Jacob seemed to be the first one to pass out but seemed to take a bit longer for Jasper.
The first night they were both out by 2am, then next 1am, followed by 12am. The last two nights they have fallen asleep on their own around 9pm.
Also they have been taking their naps easier!!
Let's hope this sticks up because it's really nice that they can go to sleep on their own and at a decent time. Shortly before they were pushing bedtime to 12-1am.
The only thing is now seems the boys are going through something, teeth or effects from the 12 month shots. Jacob woke up last night and had a big hissy and took awhile to get him to go back to sleep. He seemed in pain or comfy so I held and brought him to the couch. He didn't like that either, however eventually he fell back asleep. A couple nights before Jasper seemed the same way.