Saturday, March 12, 2011

Sleep Solution Step Three: Create Your Sleep Logs

I did our sleep log yesterday. It was a pretty average day, we didn't do anything out of the ordinary. Grocery shopping in the morning, didn't go anywhere at night. His naps were pretty normal, his nighttime sleep was pretty normal (we get this kind of sleep 3-4 times a week). So I think yesterday was a good day for doing the sleep log.

Sleep log for March 11, 2011. Age: 3 months, 2 weeks
time baby fell asleep how baby fell asleep where baby fell asleep where baby slept how long?
7:46am bottle fed (10 minutes) in my arms crib 1 hr 15 min
11:52 in beco (out) in beco in beco 30 min
2:15pm on bottle in my arms crib 45 min

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According to table on page 48:
1. How many naps should baby be getting? 3
2. How many naps is baby getting now? 3
3. How many hours should baby be napping? 5-6
4. How many hours is baby napping now? 2 1/2
5. Do you have a formal nap routine? No
6. Are your baby's naptimes/lengths consistent every day? For the most part, yes, but he's so young his naps change a lot. It's mostly consistent, though.

Time what we did activity level noise level light level
5:00pm watch tv (sesame street) moderate moderatel dim
5:20pm make dinner moderate moderate bright
5:40pm bath moderate moderate bright
5:55pm lotion/sleeper/sleepsack calm quiet bright
6:05pm stories calm moderate dim
6:17pm bottle calm quiet dim
6:28pm sleep - - -

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1. Do you have a formal, consistent bedtime routine? Yes
2. Is the hour prior to bedtime mostly peaceful, quiet and dimly lit? yes
3. Does your bedtime routine help both you and your baby relax and get sleepy? Yes
4. Any other observations about your current bedtime routine? with daylight savings, we're hoping his current bedtime routine will continue and we can have him going to bed at 7:30 or 8pm instead of 6:30 or 7pm.

time how baby woke me up how long awake; what we did time baby fell back to sleep how baby fell back to sleep how long of a sleep stretch since fell asleep
6:55pm fussing 5 min (rock/bounce/soother) 6:58pm soother (released gas) 30 min
2:24am grunting/moving 14 min (bottle fed) 2:38am bottle 7hrs 30min
5:08am crying 22min (bottle fed) 5:30am bottle 2hrs 30min
*5:35am spit up/fuss - - - -

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*He woke up because he had spit up, and didn't go back to sleep. I brought him into bed with me, fed him a bit and we relaxed and were quiet (snuggled, looked at the baby faces app on my ipod) until 6am when he seemed more awake and was chatting. His first nap was at 8am.

Asleep time: 10 1/2 hours
Awake time: 41 minutes
Total number of awakenings: 2 (or 3? I'm not really sure how to count the spit up wake up
Longest sleep span: 7 1/2 hours
Total hours of sleep: 13

Then there are some questions on his sleep, an overall review. I'm not dissatisfied with his sleep, even though he "should" be getting 15 hours a day, I think he's a pretty happy and content baby while awake (though he did wake up grumpy from nap #3, so I'm wondering if he needed a longer nap). He sleeps great at night. I would, however, like to pay attention to our nighttime routine and see if there's something I'm doing differently on the nights he has more than 2 wakeups. I know he's still just a young baby and his sleep patterns will change a lot in the coming months, but I think we've got a good thing going on here.

The next step is "review and choose sleep solutions", which is a chapter dedicated to finding solutions for sleep problems, or making steps toward improving sleep routine and sleep habits. There are two sections, one is for newborns (0-3 months) and one is for older babies (4 months-2 years). I'll be reading both, as Ty is very much in between the two categories. I'll be trying a few of the solutions and seeing how things go. I'll make notes of the solutions and my results, and post about it in a few days!

And, because this seemed fitting for this post:

Nap time with his lovey.


  1. I am liking the book too. I have fallen under the misconception that the more they stay awake and wear themselves out the longer they will sleep in. But the fact that it is the opposite was so interesting. I'd write more but it's taking a while on my phone

  2. Thank you for sharing the sleeping schedule. Seems pretty good.