Any babywise Mums out there?

Sarah - posted on 02/12/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Hi my name is Sarah, I have been trying to implement the Babywise method with my daughter Isla since she was 5 or 6 weeks old & it seems to have been working really well, she has pretty much been sleeping through the night since then, but over the last week or so she has been waking once in the night & the last couple of nights she has woken 3, sometimes 4 times in the night. We pop in the dummy & she goes straight back to sleep, but I'm wondering why she is waking now, when she used to sleep through. She is 19 weeks old & formula fed approx every 3 hrs across the day & putting on stacks of weight. She has 4 naps during the day anywhere from about 60 to 90 mins. I have been wondering about starting her on solids, but not sure. Any suggestions?

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User - posted on 02/26/2009

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I am a Babywise Mom... well for the most part. The main aspect that I took from it was to schedule sleep, feed, then play, then sleep again in that order. Once he got used to this... it was great. Sleeps through the night, has five feedings a day, and two playtimes. The other times that he is awake, I use to run any errands and we are out and about... usually one of those times we go out on a walk, which he loves. He has a very consistent schedule, which I think makes him secure.

Kat - posted on 02/23/2009

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Quoting Caroline:



I follow babywise with my little guy. There is a website that answers TONS of questions (a blog from a mom who follows babywise). If I ever have any questions, I look at her page and generally will find a post on the subject I'm looking for. Supposedly at 4 months a lot of babies start having issues with sleep (some just with naps, some with night, or a combo...I noticed a problem with naps with my little guy). Here's the website: (It may be helpful to you...I hope!) :)






 






http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/






 






 





Thanks for this site..... :)

Kat - posted on 02/23/2009

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Hi Julie, I am on the other side of the world suffering a heat wave at the moment so my experience is a little different. But Em all through the summer had needed to be swaddled to fall asleep. I tried on the odd occasion to put her down un-swaddled & she would wake up after 10-15mins. So I weaned her off it, by 1st leaving 1 arm out, then after a week or two I'd leave two arms out & then on a particular swealtering night she just fell into a deep sleep with no swaddling. I found in particular with her day naps that she had difficulty falling asleep without swaddling due to the loss of a sleep cue. So I then made her a very light growbag/sleepbag (I don't know what you would call it). She now sleeps in this for every sleep & I have had good success with this.
In saying that, for the last week her day sleeps have been a little out of kilter. She went from 2hrs between feeds to 30min - 1hr between feeds. This isn't so bad except if I get her up she's still not happy. Nothing in play is making her settled, cuddles are not settling her, feeding is not settling her, she is just plain grumpy. So is this a typical 4 month thing & will it pass??

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I am a babywise momma and my son does very well with it. He sleeps a solid 12 hours and naps really well too. I know he can be very particular about how he is put to sleep - swaddle, etc. As they get stronger and more active, she may just be waking herself due to those reasons. We've stopped swaddling him, but I have to make sure to tuck the blanket very tightly around his legs when I put him down so that he doesn't kick the covers off at night - that will wake him up.



Could it be something like that waking her?

Caroline - posted on 02/23/2009

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Whoops...I meant to add my token statement :) I know that this type of schedule does not work for every baby.  Every child is different, and you, as the parent of your child, know them better than anyone else, so absolutely only do what you feel comfortable with and what works for your child! :) It has worked for us, but I say that I follow a modified version of babywise!

Caroline - posted on 02/23/2009

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Whoops...I meant to add my token statement :) I know that this type of schedule does not work for every baby.  Every child is different, and you, as the parent of your child, know them better than anyone else, so absolutely only do what you feel comfortable with and what works for your child! :) It has worked for us, but I say that I follow a modified version of babywise!

Caroline - posted on 02/23/2009

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Whoops...I meant to add my token statement :) I know that this type of schedule does not work for every baby.  Every child is different, and you, as the parent of your child, know them better than anyone else, so absolutely only do what you feel comfortable with and what works for your child! :) It has worked for us, but I say that I follow a modified version of babywise!

Caroline - posted on 02/23/2009

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It's very controversial, actually...it's a "system" that is supposed to help your baby sleep through the night..(although they say that it is ultimately more than that....)



Basically, at first it puts your child on a flexible 3 hour schedule where they are eating at approximately the same time every day (before I read the book, I thought that it was one of those very STRICT schedules, where you can't feed your child a second before 3 hours...but it's actually supposed to be flexible, so if your child is hungry before 3 hours, then you feed them). There is quite a bit to the whole thing, but to hit some of the highlights you do a schedule of eat, play, then sleep. You put your child to bed awake and at the first sign of being tired (so that they learn to fall asleep by themselves). The book recommends letting your child cry it out--CIO--(obviously, ONLY if you know there is nothing wrong...). Personally, when my little guy was younger he had a lot of gas, so I was never absolutely certain that there was nothing wrong, so I usually did not let him CIO. Now that he is older, he will generally just "play" in his crib until he goes to sleep (haha, GENERALLY that is :)) I'm sure I'm missing some key elements...so if anyone has anything to add.... (Hopefully, I've represented it correctly!)



I haven't read the second book yet....but what I love about it so far is that I know what to expect. If Jack is fussy, I know more or less what could be wrong (based upon where he is in his schedule).



Maybe more than you wanted to know...sorry, if I didn't explain it clearly! :)

Caroline - posted on 02/23/2009

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I follow babywise with my little guy. There is a website that answers TONS of questions (a blog from a mom who follows babywise). If I ever have any questions, I look at her page and generally will find a post on the subject I'm looking for. Supposedly at 4 months a lot of babies start having issues with sleep (some just with naps, some with night, or a combo...I noticed a problem with naps with my little guy). Here's the website: (It may be helpful to you...I hope!) :)



 



http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/



 



 

Caroline - posted on 02/23/2009

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I follow babywise with my little guy. There is a website that answers TONS of questions (a blog from a mom who follows babywise). If I ever have any questions, I look at her page and generally will find a post on the subject I'm looking for. Supposedly at 4 months a lot of babies start having issues with sleep (some just with naps, some with night, or a combo...I noticed a problem with naps with my little guy). Here's the website: (It may be helpful to you...I hope!) :)



 



http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/



 



 

Kat - posted on 02/23/2009

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Hi. I have read the 1st & most of the 2nd Babywise books. We are big supporters of these books. My daughter last week (just over 19 weeks) became very unsettled & restless. I treated her for teething to no avail. I had already been giving her solids at dinner time for about 3 weeks, but during the day last week she seemed to be quite hungry & I ended up giving her a few extra feeds over a couple days. So maybe there is a good chance that around 19-20 weeks there is a growth spurt going on. I started giving her Rice Cereal at breakfast as well & this seemed to settle her for a few days & sleep went back to normal. Today she has had a feral day, we haven't yet nutted out why. Could be teeth, could be tummy who knows.

Terri - posted on 02/13/2009

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my 4 month old sleeps on his belly and wakes when he rolls over but is back to sleep shortly after rolling him back. however he has been waking at 430 this week and wanting a bottle - i give it to him. i have since started cereal and its working. i started cereal in the morning to make sure no allergies or reactions and then moved it to the evenings and he is back to sleeping thru the night - best wishes.

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