Sunday, July 27, 2008

Big Boy Bathtub

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!


Allison said...

Baths are such a nice addition to the bedtime routine, aren't they? They're so cute when they're clean and in their jammies. I read the No Cry Sleep Solution with Natalie. Nothing helped her. She was just plain difficult until about 10 months. Thankfully Eboni was very easy from birth in the sleep department. I'm glad Alex is cooperating with you. There's nothing worse than a sleepy mommy in my opinion.

The Hamstras said...

It's so funny that you have that ducky bath. When Dave & Jenni lived in Indiana their house had two bathrooms with showers but no tubs. Weird huh? Well, Emma was really little so we bought that ducky bath and put it in the bottom of the shower. Worked great!! He looks like he's having fun in it too!