sleepy baby

The sleep thing is going remarkably well with Rainbow.

(she said, then knocked on every available chunk of wood)

Ward was really easy to get to sleep when he was a toddler.  He would announce (within the same twenty minute or so window every night) that it was time to go to his jungle, and that was that.  No matter if friends were over, or we were watching a movie, or just cuddling in front of the fire.  When he got sleepy, it was bedtime.

Not so much so with the Fishmaster and Rockinrolla, but I seem to recall that bedtime was kind of a zoo back then.  They are just 18 months apart, so our home lives in general were kind of zoo-ish for a few years.

I don’t remember any  of them, though, being this easy when they were babies.  Rainbow is just  4 1/2 months old, and he goes down to bed between 6:00 and 7:30, wakes up once for a diaper change (which sometimes involves a pajama and bedding change: that boy has a large capacity; we just bought some nighttime diapers, so hopefully I at least won’t have to change his clothes at 2am any more) and then sleeps til 5:00 or 6:00.  After the diaper change, he almost always just takes his pacifier, listens to his mobile, and drifts off with no effort from me.  Occasionally I need to rock him or come back a time or two for a paci reinsert, but he very rarely insists on a bottle.

And this is NOT a cry it out situation.  This boy is just a Good Sleeper.

So, what is it, do you think?  His own mellow, contented temperament?  My own parenting experience/age/utter delight at being the mama of a baby again?  The fact that he’s formula fed?  His chunky body and vigorous health, meaning he just feels good and doesn’t need to eat as often?

I dunno, but it’s pretty awesome.

Naptimes are a bit of a mixed bag.  He generally takes a very short morning nap 2 1/2 hours after waking, although he sometimes skips it, and then takes a long (2-3 hours) nap about noon or 1:00.  Lately, he’s been a little bit nap resistant.  I think as he becomes more aware of the fun stuff and people around him, he’s more reluctant to doze off.

So is this just how babies are, in your experience?  Like, were my first three babies (who I THINK at this point were waking up about every 3 hours to nurse, and often required rocking back to sleep) just more challenging at sleeptime?  Or have I lucked out with a super sleeper babe?


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Debbie
    Jul 14, 2009 @ 20:36:59

    I think it’s just this simple……..You and Your Family are being blessed.

  2. Mama Jamz
    Jul 15, 2009 @ 00:29:30

    That’s definitely true, Debbie. Hugely blessed. 🙂

  3. Camille
    Jul 15, 2009 @ 17:25:53

    I second Debbie’s remark!

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