We are back for another round of our Let’s Be Honest Mamas Q+A! I’m so happy to be teaming up with these inspiring, beautiful mamas every month to talk and share in our experiences as mothers (especially as mother’s day is just next week!!) This month we are chatting about all things sleep! From how our babes sleep, to sleep training, to co-sleeping, we are explaining what works for us! I hope you’ll find some inspiration, encouragement, or relate in some way! Check out all the other mamas answers on their blogs, too. I’ve linked them all at the bottom of this post!
I’m also thrilled to share that this month we have partnered up with a brand I adore, aden + anais! We are sharing a couple of their amazing sleep/bedtime products AND we have a very exciting GIVEAWAY for you! Find out more at the bottom of this post.
All Things Sleep Q+A
1 // How well does your babe(s) sleep? Sleeping through the night? Taking good naps? None of the above? ;)
I’ve always considered Noah to be a good sleeper, but the reality is probably not as great as I tell myself. Haha. He started sleeping through the night around 3 months, but at 5 or so months things changed (I believe due to teething!) He has never been an amazing nap taker! He will fight me on naps, but once bedtime comes he is a dream to put to sleep and will currently wake once or so a night (near the morning hours) to nurse. I typically nurse him and put him back in his crib to sleep. Naptime is most times a struggle (I nurse him to calm him and usually I let him cry for a bit), although I do love our sleep schedule and think it helps a lot.
2 // Have you or are you planning to “sleep train”? How did you go about it?
So I’ve read a lot about sleep training and much of it relates to going to bed at night, which I consider a done deal. Naptime is not as reliable, but we have a schedule and I can usually get him to comply so long as we stick to it and don’t miss a nap. I’ve read that it might be easier to “night wean” for nursing, so basically I plan to start nursing him less and less at that one wake around 3 in the morning, until it becomes nonexistent. Many times I’ve had my husband go in and try to rock/bounce him back to sleep, which works often.
3 // Describe your baby’s bedtime routine. Are there any products or methods you do to promote sleep?
Bedtime is definitely a routine in my home. After Noah has dinner around 5:30-6, we go up for bathtime. He loves his nightly bath and usually it’s the main cue for bedtime. He is usually fussy after the bath and ready to nurse so I quickly apply lotion, put his diaper and pjs on, and then turn on our sound machine. I apply our Oilogic Sleep Roll-on to his feet and on his chest. I love the scent; it’s so soothing. We then breastfeed and rock in the rocking chair with our aden + anais dream blanket, aka the softest, prettiest blankie ever. (I think I need one for myself). Ha! Noah usually tells me (with his body language) that he is all done and I will put him into his crib. I typically put his sleeping bag on and hand him his lovey (who we call “puppy”). We now use this darling sleeping bag from aden + anais and we love it! It is incredibly soft and is very lightweight, which makes it perfect for summer and warmer nights! I’ve also recently decided to introduce a lovey to Noah so that he will have a comfort item to attach to. I know some people are not totally for a lovey or think it’s better to not need a “sleep prop”, but I’ve always thought they are ridiculously cute and I had one as a child that I adored and helped me to self soothe. I’m hoping the same for my little boy. I loved this particular lovey from aden + anais, I just couldn’t resist.
Also, Noah is usually too tired to really have a bedtime reading routine, but as he gets older I would love to start having his daddy read a few stories to him before bed. It is also important to me to begin praying with him and making prayer part of his bedtime routine, as well! Do any of you mamas or dads pray with your kids?
Quick side note: I mentioned and asked advice on my Insta Stories about Noah hitting me while nursing and since then, I’ve tried several ways to stop him/teach him differently. He has definitely been doing it less, but I give a lot of credit to giving him a lovey! I put that in his hand when he seems bored or is waving/hitting and it helps to distract him and give him something to hold or “play” with.
4 // Did you try to create a “sleep schedule” or is it more flexible around your day?
I am all for schedules & creating reliable routine for babies. I think it definitely helps structure the day just enough to keep things running smoothly. Lately, we’ve begun to be more flexible with our day since I’m doing a little more, but I have noticed it really messes with Noah’s naps and often times means skipping one. Which means a more difficult day for the both of us. SO I try to stick to his set naptimes and get things done in between when he is happy and rested.
Our sleep schedule looks a bit like this:
Wake time 6:30am
Nap time 9:00-10:30/11am
Second Nap time 2:00-3:30/4pm
Bedtime 6:30-7pm (plus currently waking in the night around 2-3am to nurse)
P.S. For those curious or interested, I did a post about schedules/BabyWise HERE you may like!
5 // How do you feel about co-sleeping? If you do co-sleep, how and when do you plan to transition to a crib/bed?
Of course I think it’s great for each mama + dada to find their groove and what works for their family, but for us, co-sleeping wasn’t our thing. I never really desired to co-sleep, I think mostly because we have a queen size bed and I felt like it would be crowded and make me nervous for safety. Secondly, I didn’t want to deal with transitioning to a crib/bed and felt like teaching Noah immediately to have alone time and learn to sleep on his own would be beneficial all around. Sometimes I wish he would sleep with me more, but overall I’m super happy with how we did things! It also gives my husband and I some space, time to ourselves, and time to feel like a married couple without distractions!
Check out all these beautiful mamas blogs and their answers to our sleep Q+A below!
Britt Havens britthavens.com // Kymberly Janelle lifewithkymberlyjanell
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