My DD is only 5 months, so I might not be much help, because I don't have much experience, but I can answer the questions. She started STTN starting at 6 weeks and then did it consistently starting at 8 weeks. She sleeps 7:30pm - 6:30 or 7:00am consistently.
If your LO STTN, what kind of naps do they take? Cat naps? Long naps?
She is very scheduled, by nature. We tried to go with the flow but she doesn't do well with that. She always takes 3 naps per day at the same time everyday 8:30am, 12pm, and 3:30pm, usually at least an hour long, sometimes 1.5 hours long. We don't make her take naps at those time, she just naturally acts sleepy at those time, it turns out. If for some reason a nap gets cut short, she is pretty cranky. She sleeps on us for the naps. She sleeps better in total darkness, so we put a small washcloth over her eyes for naps. We keep the tv or radio on for naps because she sleeps better with noise. If it's quiet, she will wake up faster.
Do they have an early bedtime, late bedtime?
She goes down about 7:30pm. Up until about a week ago, we would put her to sleep on us, swaddled on the boppy pillow and we'd help her fall asleep by patting her butt. Now we are able to put her down while she's drowsy but not asleep and she will fall right asleep on her own. She is still swaddled. We tried to have her unswaddled yesterday for a nap, but she woke up after 30 minutes (and then that set the crankiness for the day).
Breastfed, bottle fed? Do you feed them at night or soothe them other ways? Do they use binkies or loveys or blankeys?
She gets only breastmilk, but in bottles. I EP, so no drinking straight from the tap. I do think this contributes some to her sleeping all night. Like a PP said, she doesn't "snack". She drinks full 4 oz bottles each time. We feed half on demand and half on a schedule. If she shows signs of hunger we will feed her even if it's not on schedule, but we usually do a semi-schedule because we've learned that she will NOT not eat if it's there. She will eat and eat and eat and just puke and puke and puke. She always gets a bottle right before bed, even if she ate about an hour earlier we will feed her another small-ish bottle right before bed to keep her fuller longer. I'd rather her wake up because she wants to play or is done sleeping, rather than pure hunger. She does use a pacifier. The only time she fusses at all at night is when her pacifier falls out of her mouth and she's trying to find it in her sleep. As soon as we put it back in, she's back to fully asleep.
Are they co-sleepers or crib sleepers?
We co-slept until she was about 6 weeks old. She would get overheated and didn't sleep well at all. As soon as we moved her out of our bed, she started STTN. She sleeps in a pack 'n play. We don't have a regular crib because we planned to co-sleep full time.
Do they sleep with a night light or music?
No night light (she likes it pitch dark), but we use a sound machine that is set to "rain". It stays on all night.
What's your LO eating?
No solids yet, just bm.
How did your LO who STTN fare through the rough times (4 mos, 6 mos, 9 mos)?
She had a bit of a rough time at 4 months. She would wake up at 3 or 4am and be AWAKE! So we'd give her another bottle and lay her back down and she'd go back to sleep. Two nights she woke up twice for a bottle. Growth spurt, I guess. One night she was up at 4am and a bottle didn't work. She just wanted to play, so I stayed up with her until 5:30am and she played on her own on the floor while I layed on the couch, watching. Then she started rubbing her eyes, so I put her back to bed. We'll see what happens around 6 months.
Is your LO really active during the day? Really relaxed during the day?
She's relaxed. We don't go outside every day. She rarely gets over stimulated. She will do tummy time and play with some toys and use a jumper thing for a few minutes. But she would rather just sit on a lap or the floor, or her changing table and play with her hands or feet or pacifier.
Do you wear your LO a lot during the day?
Not a lot during the day. All the time when we go outside or run errands, but that's usually on the weekends. She is very content (actually likes it more) to sit in a bouncy seat in the kitchen and watch while we work or cook or in the living room while we clean. She's very easy and content and doesn't really like to be held all the time.
What do YOU think helps them sleep so well? Is it just their temperament? Did they learn to sleep well over time?
I think it's just her temperament. And I fully believe (learned it here!) that sleep begets sleep. She still sleeps a lot during the day and I think that helps her sleep better at night. Also feeding her right before naps or bedtime. I also whisper to her for about 5 minutes at bedtime. Either a story, or just talk to her about what nice dreams I hope she has and that I hope she sleeps well and all night. The whispering really calms her down and makes her drowsy, quick. Not that that helps her STTN, but it puts her into sleep mode fast.
Edited by Monarchgrrl - 4/11/11 at 10:12am