Figuring out how to get sleep has been our top priority, especially since I go back to work on Monday. Jeff and I have read books, searched websites, asked fellow parents, and received a good amount of advice from our mothers on how to get the baby to sleep at night. We came across this article on Parents.com titled, "Sleep in 7 Days!" Who wouldn't want that?! It was totally relevant to what we were going through. #1 Night feedings were a big issue. We realized that he was likely waking up out of habit, not necessarily because he was hungry. #2 We had to tackle the issue of putting him in his crib while he is still awake so that he learns how to self-soothe himself. Until last week we were rocking or pacing the house for hours until he would fall asleep THEN we'd lay him in bed. This one is hard. An upset, tired baby that is not being held = a LOT of crying (both baby and mommy). #3 We had to establish a bedtime routine. Now, at the same time every night, Ewan eats, gets a bath, pajamas, book, then in his crib he goes!
It has been 10 days now and Ewan has settled into his bedtime routine, cut the crying down to a minimum, and seemed to learn that sleeping at night is actually quite enjoyable. :)