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Baby Whispering Day 2

Genevieve and I are muddling our way through the Baby Whispering method that guides babies to sleep through the night and take naps.  Into the second day, I can see a difference.

NAPS

I did not know that babies tend to wake up 40 minutes into a nap, but then settle back in.  With the book open to the "extend the nap" section in the crib, I read and consoled Gennie back to sleep for both morning and afternoon naps.  Two 2-hour naps (minus 10 minutes screaming time).

NURSING

It feels strange to wait for full feeding sessions.  My breasts get rock hard from milk.  I'm noticing that she doesn't gasp and guzzle for it, though, but takes a long, leisurely nurse.  I wonder why that is, when she used to really go at it when she was nursing hourly.  Maybe because the milk flows more quickly?

NIGHTS

As I commented on an earlier post, I have no idea what went on last night.  These past couple days feel like I'm suspended in a surreal painting of motherhood, with melting clocks measuring naps and nursing.  I will say this--she's down now, and did it with just some farting around in the crib and a whimper.  I would be crazy--and tempting fate--to say this baby whispering works this fast, so I won't.  I'll just report back tomorrow.

GRATITUDE

My deepest thanks for all the responses and emails.  It helps me keep the momentum.

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Wow! Sounds like the two of you have made great strides in a short period of time. Anxiously waiting to hear tomorrow how your evening goes!

I used this technique/method/... with my son (now 3+) who still takes a great nap and sleeps 10-12 hours a night. Now I'm doing it with our 8wk old daughter and so far, so good. I'm nursing every 2-1/2 hrs during the day, dream feed at around 11:00 and she wakes up sometime between 4:00 and 6:00, put her back down and start her day at 7:30 with a feeding. Seems like she's inching her way to making it through. I know it's still a little early, but I am REALLY looking forward to my own sleeping through the night. If you're seeing results already, your baby is probably well-suited for this ... stick with it!

Two 2-hour naps, that's great!

Just a brief word of caution...I couldn't tell from your post whether you are nursing every 2 and 1/2 hours at night, or as a regular thing. I think at night doing that is fine, but I would worry about restricting a baby to that schedule during the day - even more so for Lisa with an 8wo. It seems like a set-up for losing your milk supply if the baby isn't allowed to nurse as often as she needs to, especially during those early weeks when their growth spurts have them nursing very frequently in order to pump up your milk production.

I had a lot of problems nursing with my first kid (none with #2, hurray!), and so I'm (unfortunately) a walking textbook of what to look out for...

Best of luck!

Excellent points, Kate! I think the program varies greatly depending upon age.

I'll post more later, but I just wanted to write that last night was a nightmare! At least I think it was. My husband, who I have now nicknamed "the revisionist", claims it was not so bad.

I may have missed a post. What is this method? My 7 week old nurses all night in her sleep (and mine!) I want to change this so we don't end up with a mouthful of cavities like big brother has! Thanks.

Hi, Angela, thanks for your comment. I've been writing up my attempts at Tracy Hogg's Baby Whispering methods, which have been a struggle.

She claims you can start the method with newborns, but maybe that's too soon. It's basically a way to keep trust with your baby while setting up routines.

The most interesting part, for me, is that the routine is Eat-Activity-Sleep, and thus subverts the whole eat-to-sleep pattern.

You can see more at Hogg's website at www.babywhisperer.com. Check the message boards under the EASY forum.

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