It's official: Alex is a big boy. He is no longer taking his baths in the kitchen sink. After the "baby overboard" incident involving a wet, slippery Alex trying to dive out of the sink, I started to think about moving him to the big tub. So, he's now in the quacking inflatable tub from Grandma. He loves the freedom to wiggle around & play with tub toys! I love that the sides are padded & spare him from whacking his head if he wobbles!
After far too many nights of very little sleep, we decided to try adding a bath into Alex's bedtime routine. He just went through a really rough couple of weeks, and nothing we did seemed to make a difference. I sat down & reread Babywise, then reviewed a lot of information from another book called No Cry Sleep Solution. We created a new bedtime routine with a warm bath, lotion massage, pajamas, nursing, cuddle time, and then down to bed by 8:30 PM. He's actually been sleeping sooooo much better since the first night we tried this. Thank goodness! We went from being up every 1.5 - 2 hours during the night to sleeping from 8:30 PM until at least 4:30, nursing, then sleeping until 6 or 6:30 AM. That's fine by us...everyone in the house is much more rested & happy. Alex is now napping much better, too. We're cautiously optimistic that we've "fixed" the problem. Of course, there will always be bad nights, but I think we've broken the habit of waking so often. We'll see, I guess!