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http://www.amazon.ca/Fisher-Price-Ocean-Wonders-Soothe-Seahorse/dp/B005WMFR54/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1378948481&sr=8-2&keywords=fisher+price+seahorse

we have this and it's awesome. Elliott loves the light, and it helps him drift off to sleep. 

 

Reminds me of the glow worm. Oh 80's, how I miss thee.

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Reminds me of the glow worm. Oh 80's, how I miss thee.
I still have my glow worm!! However, it no longer glows greensad.gif
post #83 of 315

Oliver's habit for the last two weeks or so is to fall asleep between 10 and 11, wake up around 3 and again around 5:30 to eat, then wake up for real at 8 or so (he often sleeps for another hour or so after eating again, when I put him in the Moby and take my little dog for a walk).  last night, he decided to sleep until 4, and when I woke up to feed him, he only ate on one side before falling back asleep, and I couldn't encourage him to eat on the other.  when he woke up again around 6, he only ate for 10 or 15 minutes, and at 8 both of my breasts were really, really full!  the left side still feels engorged, though neither of them is actually hot or red.  however, the left side has had some shooting pain, which might be because of the thrush we're dealing with.  so... my question, to the ladies who've done this before, is this: should I just continue to feed him on his cue, or should I try to get him to eat more frequently?  he's gaining crazy weight (an average of 8 oz a week lately), so I'm not worried about that.  it seems like things will equalize sooner if I let him lead the way, but I don't want to end up with clogged ducts or mastitis!  thanks for the help!

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Try block feeding in the evening and at night. It will suck for a couple days but after that your body should get used to it. I get really fully at night also and this helps. If it gets to be too much you can express a little. 

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Inconditus, what is block feeding? I find that when my Griffin fights sleep one of three things always works: rocking him in the vibrating chair that rocks, bouncing on the birthing ball or dad takes him to walk around the farm outside. Usually bouncing works. Oh and the swing.
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I wouldn't block feed, I wouldn't force both breasts (unless he needs that. Camden NEVER nurses in both sides at one feeding!) and I wouldn't wake to nurse. Let baby tell you when he's ready to nurse and if he takes both sides, fine, if not that's ok too. He'll tell you, I promise!!
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I just found something very helpful to us: the binky, believe it or not! Right now I've got a lot of milk and Callie can't comfort nurse without getting a firehose of milk. Now she'll nurse, then when the latch goes all to hell due to popping on and off, I offer the paci and she uses that for comfort and drifts off. HUGE improvement for us. Just thought I'd share in case someone else could use the tip.
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http://noobmommy.com/2012/02/e-a-s-y-schedules-cheat-sheet-4-sample-baby-schedules-from-4-weeks-1-yr.html

My friend sent me this. Anyone read Baby Whisperer or put their babies on a schedule? By schedule I don't mean not feeding on demand, but more like a routine, always doing abc, etc.
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I think predictability and routine are nice things for babies, but I stop short of wanting anything close to a scheduled day. For one, I myself am not good on rigidity. I could never keep up. Secondly, I'd rather try to foster flexibility and resilience to change than just predictability.

Having said that, we do have the goal of getting into a set sleep/wake up time by 3/mo or so, and our days already have a certain predictability.

I use the Total Baby app to track nursing, supplementation, naps, and medicines/probiotics.

It helps me see her natural rhythms, which I use to plan my day. Like... She usually naps X time and then is content awake for X time between meals, so I can do X and X but probably don't have time for X.

Also, I do wake her up if it's been more than 2.5 hours since she last ate for the sake of schedule in the abstract, but not at a set time.
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I follow baby's lead and by about 3 or 4 months, a set pattern emerges. DD1 used to be up for 3 hours before needing her morning nap by about 6 months, then awake again for 3-4 hours before afternoon nap, etc. I always nurse on demand (except night weaning after 18 months or so) and the eat- activity - sleep thing never worked for me. There were lots more eating sessions wink1.gif. By 6 months I also like to have a bedtime routine in place. Other than that, I'm a big on just rolling with what the kids need when they need it. It's kind of a middle ground; a flexible predictability smile.gif
post #91 of 315
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Inconditus, what is block feeding? I find that when my Griffin fights sleep one of three things always works: rocking him in the vibrating chair that rocks, bouncing on the birthing ball or dad takes him to walk around the farm outside. Usually bouncing works. Oh and the swing.

 

To my understanding block feeding is when you feed from one breast per session.

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Block feeding is for people with over supply issues, you feed from one breast every session for a period of time (ie 9am-11am is L breast, 11am-2pm is R breast, and repeat)

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these are all interesting ideas!  I'll let you know what ends up working for us.  I think I will try to just let him do his thing for now, though.  He followed that night up with a sleep day, and then made up for it all by waking up every two hours the next night.  :P  I'm just going to assume the boobs will figure it out soon!  We don't have supply issues, over- or under- so I think that's the best strategy.

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Well, the last 3 feeds Griffin decided to have 1 breast per feed (he never does that always both) and I suppose it gave the other one time to fill. After being engorged and him emptying one, it seems he gets enough didnt want any formula! Yes! ... So, maybe there is something to this one breast per feeding thing. 

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We basically block feed. I have a Big supply and she feeds off one at a time. She decided to sleep a 6 hour block last night though--so I had to pump at 3am to relieve some pressure.
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Actiasluna, that's great to hear, mama!!
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Sometimes DD moves and twitches like she's possessed or like she's got ants in her pants when she sleeps. It's not like a seizure just restlessness, but she's not awake. Is this normal???
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Totally, harmonious. She's in active sleep between periods of deep sleep. It happens often for babies since they have short sleep cycles. Might also be gas related, my DDs have both done similar stuff, then let out a big toot lol
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Sometimes DD moves and twitches like she's possessed or like she's got ants in her pants when she sleeps. It's not like a seizure just restlessness, but she's not awake. Is this normal???

 

DD does this too. It always wakes me up thinking that she's hungry but she doesn't respond when I offer boob. I then lay awake watching her for like half an hour because I'm paranoid also. lol

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DD does this too. It always wakes me up thinking that she's hungry but she doesn't respond when I offer boob. I then lay awake watching her for like half an hour because I'm paranoid also. lol

Heh, our baby does this too. It's the main reason I made an effort to move her into the cosleeper 100% of the night since I can't sleep with a wiggle worm right next to me. We also got a sound machine that we out on full volume--- it drowns out her light noises (which are practically constant!) but you can still hear her grunts and squeals when she's actually awake.

Not that I am an expert or anything, but I've read it's actually bad to wake them up in this phase because then they never learn how to weave sleep cycles together and will ALWAYS wake up in the light phase-- a recipe for cranky, tired parents much longer than necessary.

What I do when I hear her fussing is watch and/or listen for at least 5 mins before picking her up. 90% of the time she quiets down, signaling that it was just a light sleep cycle. The other 10% I can hear her ramping up and getting impatient and can still pick her up long before she cries, but I bet that time frame varies by baby.
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