Managing sleep with two kids!!

Corinne - posted on 02/08/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Since my daughter will be two and a half when i have my second baby...i was wondering how you guys managed your sleep with the second baby? My daughter does NOT nap anymore! I might get a nap from her if we are really busy one day or if she happens to wake up very early!! Im nervous how im going to survive the long days,until daddy gets home, without being able to take naps myself!

I might get lucky with a baby thats a very good sleeper but if shes anything like my first...I need to have a back up plan! Even after two years, my daughter is still a bad sleeper most nights and Im already feeling the strain and physical effects of pregnancy and being up constantly!

We tried a "schedule" and not giving her foods after a certain times, etc. Shes lactose intolerant so a lot of her cause of waking up is gas and sometimes bad dreams...

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Jessica - posted on 02/08/2011

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is she on a routine when she goes to bed with a set bed time? are you clear that when she goes to bed, she should stay in bed and not get up? i put a child proof lock on the door knob for awhile on my daughter's door so she could not get up in the middle of the night and start running around (she was really quiet!) and she learned to stay in bed because there was no point in getting up. i also unscrewed the light bulb so she could not turn on the light and took away all the toys in her room so she would not want to play. any time she did get up, i would march her straight away back to bed and tell her it was time to sleep. i would shut the door and wait outside her door and keep repeating this over an over again. i did have a night light in her room and a little light next to her bed from ikea that she could turn on that stayed on for a minute or two so she would not be scared.



as for the baby, i had her sleep with me. i nursed in bed. i kept diapers, wipes, a few spare changes of clothes, and water next to me so i never had to get out of bed. i would wake up and change her if i needed to, lift up my shirt, nurse and go back to bed. all and all i would be up for ten minutes total at a time! i was ready to get up with the other kids in the morning... i would also go to bed a little earlier than usual, so i could get more sleep. another thing i did was buy a gate for my living room and completely baby proof it and take a nap on the couch while my two year old watched tv with some snacks. it helped a lot and i slept light enough to hear her. often times she would climb up on the couch with me and take a nap.



when my baby was around three months i started putting her in her bassinet in the same room as me because she was sleeping a little better and not waking up as much. i would put her in her bassinet to sleep during the day to so it would not come as a shock to her to suddenly be sleeping in it. by the time she was six months she was sleeping through the night, and she didn't sleep with me at all and hasn't since.



for bottle feeding, i would put water by my bed and a bottle with formula already measured out in it and make it right there. that way the water was warm and i didn't have to get out of bed either. i would lay down and feed the baby cradled in my arms.

i wish you good luck!

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