Sunday, January 21, 2007

New settling arrangements for Bryn...

I've got lots to blog about today, don't I...

In the past 2-3 weeks I've noticed that Bryn isn't really popping off to sleep on the boob anymore. Erik didn't ever fall asleep on the boob because he was a cot baby and from about 7 months was just put in bed after saying night night to all his bears and mum and dad, and he went off to sleep on his own. He did this from about 3 weeks of age, taking a break between 3 and 7 months of age because of itching eczema which was finally treated and resolved at 7 months, but only AFTER we tried Controlled Crying on the misguided advice from our MCHN...

Luey lost interest in boobing to sleep at about 9 months of age, at which time, Dave started walking him to sleep until he was about 15 months of age and go to be too heavy, and then Dave would lay with him until he dropped off...

Anyway, back to Bryn. He's loved boobing to sleep a lot longer than the other two. but like I said, recently he's been more stimulated to staying awake than the opposite when boobed. He was also dropping off sitting on Dave's knee in front of the computer (with Dave either playing movie trailers or music to him), but that hasn't been working so well either lately, with him staying up VERY late on many occassions - which we don't really stress about because we know stressing is pretty futile and "this too shall pass"...

So, now Dave has trundled out the old tried and true "laying down with the child" and Voila! it's working. Just before Dave took Bryn into bed and laid down with him, and was talking to him about the wind etc. and Bryn seemed wide awake (though we all, including him, knew he was tired), Dave's thinking, this is going to take a while. The next thing he knows, Dave wakes with a start, having dropped off (as he is prone to do with this method) and Bryn's fast asleep, only minutes after seeming wide awake, hahaha!

This is not a method I can use because Bryn would want to feed of me, but when I can be bothered I can lay down with him and feed him and he is more like to drop off on the boob if we're in bed. I don't like doing this though because then I don't like getting up again, being such a bedhound myself, LOL!

6 comments:

Nic and Beren said...

Its good that Dave's able to help with putting him to sleep for you. Michael did this with Beren too after he stopped being rocked to sleep at about 9 months.

Cabrissi said...

Oh geeze, can you tell Laurent he's supposed to go to sleep if we lay down by him? La would just bounce around and crawl off the bed chattering!

Rae said...

This works with us too! I can lie there all I like but if i don't pretend to be asleep or doze off Noah would just lay there and giggle. :) For the last 5 months or so DH has been taking him into bed with some books and whilst he used to have to read to him, now when I come into the room they've both drifted off to sleep with their separate books resting on their laps! LOL

HipbubbyMama said...

Lying down with has always worked well for my two. Liam was boobed to sleep there though till he was 3. The only way to get my kids to go to bed half the time is to lie down with them, so I've resigned myself for now to just going to bed and reading in bed until they fall asleep..

Sif said...

LOL, well Dave is in there with Bryn right now (midday nap time) and I *did* try to settle him in there myself just before, but he just jumped around and giggled and tried to crawl off the bed...

I complained to Dave about it and he tells me, "It's all in the intention, Bryn needs to know you're intending to go to sleep too, like I do..."

Well, yeah, that ain't gonna happen with me because I DON'T want to go to sleep myself, hahaha, so he's picking up on that apparently and so HE doesn't want to go to sleep either...

This works well for me anyway because right now I have four Y chromosonians all snoring aways in their respective rooms and I can sit here listening to the clock tick and the birds twitter, in PEACE AND QUIET - mwahahaha, the master plan in action!

Rae said...

ROFL!! Oh you genius you! :)

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