Friday, January 1, 2010

Hannah in a Nutshell

Sleep Secret #3 (from 52 Sleep Secrets for Babies) is soooooooooo Hannah:

"Alert, bright babies need MORE than the average amount of sleep--not less.  A baby who seems ahead of the curve--interested in the world around her, reaching milestones early--often fools her parents into thinking she needs less sleep than the "typical" baby.  In fact, she needs more.  Because she's so engaged with her surroundings, she often has a harder time shutting down.  She's "too busy" to bother going to sleep...or so it seems! This kind of baby also knows what she wants and when she wants it, and she's willing to hold out until she gets it.  She can be a little tough to parent.  She especially needs you to make sure she gets the sleep she needs but won't admit to needing.  Since this type of baby is often able to hide her sleepy cues, you must watch the clock and get her to bed on time.  And keep in mind that she probably won't be a flexible sleeper for several years, meaning she'll need utter consistency when it comes to when, where and how she goes to sleep."

I don't know if she's "ahead of the curve," but she is definitely very alert and interested in the world around her and she OFTEN fools her dad into thinking she doesn't need a nap (I am not fooled by this ever, though I do occasionally throw in the towel and give up on getting her to sleep even when I know she needs it if she puts up enough of a fight).  I especially like this sentence: "she can be a little tough to parent."  hahaaha!!!!  Anywho, you can bet that the sleep routine is about to get a lot more consistent now!!  I'm on a mission. Stand back!!

3 comments:

  1. I can relate. You were . . . as I have often said . . . the same. But you mellowed with a schedule and became a better toddler (most of the time.)

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  2. This will be an interesting ride.
    Wishing you all success and more sleep to come.
    xo

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  3. Terri, Hannah girlie must have got the sleeping thing from 3 of her cousins (Hollie & Heidi& Daniel). Aunt Mendy had them in daycare and she had a time getting them to nap. And she & one of her sons go two & three days w/out sleep. Maybe inhertited. Like your mother said she'll mellow out. Just be consistent..................

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