My husband and I started our parenting journey thinking that routine was a rude word and we went through nearly 15 months of highs and lows and never really knowing when anyone was going to sleep.
We just could not cope. We were like zombies hoping to get through the day just so that we could sleep. So we made a plan and did three things that literally changed our lives:
- We found out the cause of Freddy's severe eczema and so were able to remove the associated foods from our diets (resulting in much better sleep).
- I started keeping records of Freddy's naps whenever things seemed to be going a bit haywire.
- We started a routine.
The combination of these things allowed us to know when Freddy would probably be tired and get him sleeping then rather than when he became overtired and exhausted.
Where am I going with this?
Well I have been doing the same for Henry which allows me to show you how he went from 3 day time naps to 2.
I wanted to show it because you can see that we did not smoothly go from 3 to 2 but instead had a nearly 2 week period starting at 7.5 months where there was not a lot of daytime sleep happening at all. I was thinking are we giving up naps altogether? Henry was miserable (and teething) throughout this whole period so it was tempting to think that this was just as a result of the teething pain.
The numbers across the top are time from 6am to 9pm and green squares are naps (rounded up or down to make it easy to record).
- Henry was waking up earlier and earlier but going to bed later and later.
- All naps got shorter and were more difficult.
- Some days I had no idea when he was going to sleep.
- There were a few days where there was only about 30 minutes of napping all day.
- Although I haven't shown it here the nighttime wakings also became much more frequent.
- He eventually settled down to 2 naps (10.30am and 2.30pm) and although the early mornings continue the nights also start much earlier.