7 hours 57 minutes — in a row!

Sleep-training Trixie this past week has taken a lot of work, and yes, yet another log. For once, this isn’t that outrageous a concept — every how-to sleep book says to keep a log, they just don’t all advise making it web-based. As you might expect, the Sleep Log will soon be added to the site.

Right now we’re just collecting data. We basically had no idea how many hours she slept a day or when she was sleeping. We now have 5 days worth of data and all sorts of trends are becoming clear. For instance she sleeps about 13 hours a day (fantastic), but most of her naps are between 35-40 minutes long (infuriating). This came as a surprise to me, because I was pretty sure she was awake about 22 hours a day. The goal now is to use this data to try to manage her sleep cycles so she doesn’t get so cranky.

Last night was an unexpected treat. Previously she had been sleeping 4 1/2 hours, waking up at 2 or 3 am for a snack, and then sleeping another 4 hours. Last night, however, she slept almost 8 hours. She was extra worn out from a busy Thanksgiving yesterday, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed for a repeat.

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4 Responses to 7 hours 57 minutes — in a row!

  1. hannah says:

    Yes, those cat naps are absolutely infuriating. I think the daytime sleeping inconsistency made me crazier than the night sleep business. And I went BONKERS charting it. I would get SO pissed when she would wake up after a short nap. Eventually I just gave up and heeded Weissbluth’s warning that some babies just aren’t ready for regular, long daytime naps until they’re older and evetually Sophie just kind of fell into it. Sorry solace to you now, I know. Good luck.
    Hannah

  2. benmac says:

    Hannah:
    I couldn’t have said it any better myself. It just makes you want to scream. The worst part of the cat naps is that you never know how much free time you might have to yourself.

  3. Which sleep training books did you read: Ferber? Weissbluth? Sears? In hindsight, do you have an opinion about the different sleep training strategies?

  4. benmac says:

    We had all those on the bookshelf, but we never got around to reading a single one. Sorry, I don’t have any recommendations (other than what’s already up on the site). Good luck!