Baby Sleep

Is there anything sweeter than a sleeping baby? Today on Twitter, @rookiemoms and Baby Bjorn had a tweet party all about baby sleep, complete with random prizes for participating. I stumbled upon it by chance, as I was preparing to tweet my weekly Pepsi free music tweet (hooray for $1.29 to spend on Amazon mp3s), and shared that Alexis loves to be bounced to sleep on our exercise ball (which we bought after trying one out in Lamaze class… I thought I’d bounce my way through labor.)

The tweeters (twitterers?) talked about sleep routines, swaddling, baby sleep facts, and shared so many cute sleeping baby pictures. It was a fun way to spend an hour with other moms. And as a bonus, Alexis and I won a Baby Bjorn Miracle Carrier! This is extra awesome, because I’ve been contemplating buying a carrier like this. The Moby wrap drives me nuts, and I don’t wear Alexis as often as both of us would like because of it. Hopefully this easier carrier will make us both happy. Thanks, Baby Bjorn and Rookie Moms. Once the carrier gets here, I’ll let you know how it works out.

Alexis has settled into a fairly predictable bedtime routine. Every night, we give her a bath (which she loves!), nurse, and then snuggle her to sleep. She falls asleep like clockwork between 10:50 p.m. and 11:20 p.m. Sometimes, I wonder if what we do puts her to sleep, or whether she would just fall asleep at that time anyway. After I put her in her crib for the night, she tends to wake up after about minutes, wiggle a little bit, and then go back to sleep for the night. She’s usually out until 4:30 a.m. When she wakes after daylight, I bring her to her bassinet in my room, so that we can snuggle, nurse, and get a little more sleep before we start the day. I really thought Alexis would sleep the whole night in her bassinet in our room for her first few months, but sleeping in her crib at night seems to work best for her.

Her daytime naps are starting to fall into a predictable routine as well, but she tends to spend those asleep on me, or in her downstairs bassinet. She has made it very clear that she does not like napping alone in her crib. She is napping, and snoring, on me right now! And even though having a baby sleep on me seriously hampers my ability to do much else, I can’t really complain, because I love this time together. The housework can wait.

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