As a new mother I realize that I am more than just a mother. I am a Behavioral scientist focusing in operant conditioning, anthropologist, sociologist, pseudo pediatrician, and this is just the early stages of motherhood. Later down the road I will add teacher, coach, disciplinarian to just name a few.
So to get a hold of what is going on and apply a “science” self, I must make some adjustments to the current way of life. I can control that, right?
The thoughts that keep swimming around in my head (and need to disappear):
- Inadequate plan- As Sudesh and Chandra say, “fail to plan, plan to fail” or my personal favorite, “plan for the worst and hope for the best”.
- We are on the feed every three hours plan- no more, no less
- Get a daily wake-up time and consistent feeding schedule down!
- Why has she digressed at her noon feeding- wants to sleep through it.
- Does she think it is night? Why isn’t she sleeping longer at night? See the one above.
- Can babies really confuse day and night when they don’t have a concept of day and night? See the two above.
- Is she hungry, need to be changed, have gas, over stimulated, over tired?
- Why are her feeding times decreasing?
- Is she still gaining weight?
- Why doesn’t she wake her self up to eat during the day if she has been on a 3 hour plan for the past 4 plus weeks?
So to get rid of the voices in my head, the second guessing, the phone calls to trusted peers, the consulting of books (Baby Whisper, Baby Wise) and the internet, I am going to go “hard-core”, it’s Baby Whisper plus Science Fair time!
Hart is not taking longer sleep time at night, but seems to think the middle of the afternoon is for that time. Therefore a new plan of attack must be established! Taking us back to Junior High and general science class.
Hypothesis: After 10 consecutive days, Hart will anticipate her feeding times by waking up, on her own, without parent assistance at 7am, 10am, 1pm, 4pm, 7pm and 10pm. She will also sleep 5 consecutive hours or more between 10pm and 7am.
- Wake Hart up at 7am, 10am, 1pm, 4pm, 7pm and 10pm daily.
- Play until signs of tiredness (about 1 hour from wake-up time)- yawing, slow blinking, moving head away from toy, crying, etc. When she is tired, take her to her room and read quietly, quiet down time- about 15 minutes. Put her in her crib to put herself to sleep- about 15 to 20 minutes.
- Daytime naps will be approximately an 1 1/2 hours in length.
- Cluster feed at 6pm and 8pm daily.
Experiment starts Thursday, March 10th and continues for the next 10 consecutive days.
Stayed tuned for each days data collection!