Somehow I blinked and we have a five month old. The fourth month with Watson was so fun. He is into everything, smiling and laughing like crazy, army crawling all over the place (trying to figure out how to add the legs into the process), and still working on sitting up all on his own. He can do it for a few seconds, but then topples over on his side. And so wiggly! I swear I put on half of his diapers while he is laying on his belly. He rolls over on the changing pad every time I put him on it. Let’s just say a hand never comes off of him because I know he would catapult off the dresser if I turned my head for a second.
Watson still loves to hold something in his hands at almost all times, so those little blanket/stuffed animal hybrid toys are the best. He is loving his jumperoo now that he is big enough to reach the floor. He wants to grab everything. In fact, he picked up my iphone (the big 6 plus, mind you) and then threw it down on the ground. Thank goodness for those glass protectors because that’s all that cracked!
There’s so much I want to remember about every stage Watson is in and I have a huge fear that I’m going to forget it all. I have a journal my mom gave me when I got pregnant—I wrote down little thoughts in there from time to time and now I’m jotting down notes about his milestones. I was keeping up with it each week, but now that he is 5 months, it’s a little hard to keep up with the weeks (21 weeks old just sounds funny – I don’t even know how many weeks he is, truthfully), so now I’m dividing up my notes by month.
BEDTIME ROUTINE //
I’ve had a lot of questions about our bedtime routine because I’ve mentioned that Watson has been sleeping through the night since he turned 3 months old. I don’t think there’s any right way or wrong way, but we found a routine that works for us and so I’m going to share that today for all of you who have asked! This is how it all went down…
At 7 weeks old, we started our routine and he began sleeping from about 9:30pm – 5:30am, when he would wake up to nurse, but then he would go back to sleep until about 9am. When he turned 3 months old, we wanted to get on a more normal schedule, so we put him in his nursery crib (and out of his cradle in our room) and he started skipping that 5:30am feeding and would sleep from 9:30pm – 7:30am straight. By 4 months old, we started putting him down earlier at 7:30pm and he will sleep 12 continuous hours. We did have a few hiccups around that 4 month regression period, but only a few nights and then we were back on schedule.
To do this, we followed the routine mentioned in the Moms on Call book. This book explains how to create a great routine for your baby and how to stretch feedings, etc. I first became interested in this from hearing my friends who are moms talk about how it was their secret to getting their babies to sleep through the night. I’m telling you, everyone I talked to with a sleeping-through-the-night baby swore by this book! I am not a big reader admittedly—I would love to be, just don’t carve out the time to sit down and do it. So that’s why I liked this book… it’s actually in outline format almost. There’s absolutely no fluff to it. They tell you what to do and don’t go into the “why” or anything like that. It’s cut and dry. Our friends gifted the book to us and I’m telling you, it was probably the best gift we could have received!
I would recommend grabbing that book if you’re pregnant or have a new baby who isn’t sleeping well. There are tons of other tips in there too, by the way. The sleep schedule is just part of it. We experimented with what the book suggests and created our own routine:
- Watson gets hungry every three hours, so I make sure to feed him three hours before bedtime no matter what. That way when he eats that last feeding, he is hungry and eats enough to sustain him through the night.
- Bath every night right before bed. Watson has eczema and so I hate to bathe him every single night for that reason, but it helps him relax. He knows that when the bath comes, bedtime is next. To help with his dry skin, I’m sure to use the Beautycounter baby line on him, which helps keep his skin hydrated and away from toxic/harsh chemicals, which are found in the majority of baby shampoos and lotions on the market.
- Lights dimmed low while I put Watson’s creams and such on. Brandon straightens up the bathroom in the mean time (puts away little squirty toys, towel, etc.). Then we get Watson’s jammies on.
- I feed him what is hopefully his longest feeding of the day while Brandon reads a book or two. (This part is a little different than the book suggests, but this works for us.) Lights are dimmed to almost dark.
- Watson normally starts to dose off while I’m finishing up feeding him. I’ll rock him a few times in the glider before handing him over to Brandon, who ultimately puts him down in his crib. I get out of the room – I read that “nobody likes to sleep in the kitchen of their favorite restaurant” and since your baby can smell your milk, I find that he goes down easier when I just get out of the way. Plus, this gives Brandon a few really special moments with Watson since he doesn’t get to spend that time with him during the day.
- Watson’s normally not fully asleep when he is set down in the crib, but he is able to fall asleep on his own soon after (this is what the book really pushes for because a baby that can put himself to sleep is able to soothe himself back to sleep if he were to wake up in the middle of the night.)
Anyway, not saying this is the BEST WAY to do it, but it’s just what works for us! I’m sure we all have our own routines that do the trick. I think the biggest thing is just having a routine in general. When we stick to our routine, it’s very clear how much happier Watson is (and we are, too!).
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