CASE STUDY: Poor napping, an unsettled baby & an exhausted mother...
*this is a case study from a real-life mother who reached out for help. We share our case studies in the hope it may help other mums who are in the same, or similar, situations. Not everyone parents in the same way, so please do not judge, criticize or demean these mothers and the parenting choices they have made in the best interests of their babies and their families.
Age: 9 weeks
Naps: Completely random, a lot of 15 min naps or one nap of 3 hours
I was completely lost. I felt like I spent the entire day trying to get Theodore to nap and I hardly had time to eat or go to the bathroom because he spent most of the day in the swing while I was hoping he would sleep. He would usually sleep for 15 minutes at a time, or do one long nap of 3 hours; there was no predictability. Theodore was very hard to get to sleep at night too. He wouldn't go down until 9-10pm, but slept well once we got him down, waking once or twice for a feed.
I read a ton of stuff online but nothing worked. I kept hearing that you should try to keep babies awake for an hour and I would do that, then he would sleep for 10 minutes and wake again. I tried letting him fall asleep on his own but he would get overstimulated and stay awake way too long. I was so worried that I was doing something wrong but I couldn't figure out how to make it better.
I came across Little Ones on Facebook and bought the Ultimate Program. It was amazing! he did all the naps as per the Program on the first day and then I got him to sleep at 7pm that night. It was the best feeling to have a schedule that actually worked. I was even able to start attending to the housework that I had been neglecting before I started the Program. I now feel so relieved because I know that my son is getting the sleep he needs for his developing brain. I am also thankful for the extra time I have to myself! Theodore seems to really like routine; he knows that when the lights go out and the white noise goes on, it's time to sleep and he knows that when the lights go on, its time to be awake. IT IS AMAZING!
Little Theodore was having such short naps simply because his awake windows were too short for his age. This is the most common cause of poor napping in babies! Once Tracy was following the Program and hitting the right awake times, Theodore was able to have longer naps, which improved his night time sleep and settling, not to mention his mood! There are many ways to achieve better sleep for babies without resorting to "sleep training". By starting small and looking at the easy things, like extending awake times, dramatic change is possible.
"I am so thankful that I found Little Ones! Before starting I was at my breaking point. I felt completely lost and every day was an uphill battle. I love the predictability that the Program has given us!"
For more information about baby sleep, make sure you read: How do I get my baby to sleep?, How to make bedtime easier and Over and Undertiredness: your sleep enemies