Bedtime has been interesting in our household to say the least. 10 months ago what I thought bedtime would look like for Violet is not at all what it is, I can laugh at myself for my naïveté.
From the time she was itty bitty Miss Violet has been battling reflux. We tried everything, switched formulas, had her propped up to sleep but not until she was two months old when the doctor put her on Zantac could she actually sleep...still propped up of course. Before the Zantac she ended up sleeping on our chests most of the time....like so.
Do you know where this is leading? We co-slept for the first five months of Violet's life, I never ever in a million years thought I would co-sleep. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against co-sleeping but thought it wouldn't work for us. Well it worked. Too well. It got so that Violet would only sleep with us, on us or within eyesight. Then it became that I was the only one who could get her to sleep. I would have to lay her across my chest, put a receiving blanket over her head and sing her a song to the tune of The Enchanted Tiki Room from Disney World with my words and her nickname. No, I will not sing it for you.
So when she was five months old we did the cry it out in her pack n' play in our room and about a week later she was in her own room in her own crib. It hasn't been sunshine and rainbows since then. We have had setbacks with teething and sometimes sweet snuggles win out.
Right now her routine is as follows, she goes to bed between 8 and 9pm most nights, she usually wakes up between 5 and 6am and Marc gives her a bottle. Sometimes I can hear her up for awhile talking and babbling to herself and then she usually falls back asleep until 8 and 9am. We try to give her a bottle before bed and read a story to her, sometimes she is not at all interested in a bottle. She has a nightlight, a few light up toys in her crib that she loves, we wind up her music and blow her three kisses from the doorway. It is working...for now. I recognize it may change and some nights are better than others.
I have learned that I have to be flexible and try different things if something is not working.
I hope you will join us over at Mommy Blog Hoppers for the Mommy Cubed link up on the 14th and link up your bedtime routines/philosophies/rituals.