Various Reader Questions/Requests


  • emily said…
    What do you think about crib mobiles? I thought it would be nice to have something for my daughter to look at when she wakes up from naps and nigh time. Do you think they’re a sleep prop? I don’t need it to help her fall asleep, but since it’s attached to the crib, it will be there while she’s trying to fall asleep.
    March 14, 2008 2:50 PM
    Plowmanators said…
    I think they are great–and I don’t view them as a sleep prop at all. I think it is great for them to have something to look at that they can’t interfere with. They are some little “friends” 🙂
    March 15, 2008 9:24 AM


  • susie said…
    Thank you. This [independent playtime] will be my goal for the week. I love reading your blogs daily as another resource and much support for our family. Our daughter is our first and I was not prepared for how much discipline needed on our (parents) end but also how REWARDING it is to watch her grow with BWise principles. My parents don’t support BWise but they love to see our daughter become such a great sleeper!!! They just don’t agree with the CIO part. So it has been tough. Did you experience this with your family or heard anyone with the similiar story? Anyways, I love all your blogs! They are so HELPFUL!Susie
    March 23, 2008 9:07 AM
    Plowmanators said…
    My parents have always been supportive of the way I parent, even though they didn’t do CIO themselves. My husband’s parents did CIO. I do know people whose parents don’g agree with the methods their children follow. Hopefully you have a relationship where you can just tell them basically to deal with it, you are the parent and are doing what you beleive to be the best for your child. You can ask them for your support. I hope you are able to have that type of conversation with them; I know I could with my parents, but my husband couldn’t with his.
    March 24, 2008 9:44 PM


  • jessica babcock said…
    I left a comment about a month ago regarding babywise and foster children. Im sure its lost in space somewhere but lo and behold, I need to ask again because my husband and I just got a 1 month old premie addicted to methenfedamines and going thru withdrawls. I want to ecourage quality sleep and do many of the same “babywise” things I did with my now 5 month old. but I realise this is a tottally different ball game and he needs special care for a while. does anyone have expierience and or successs with babywise with abused, neglected or otherwise mistreated babies or children? I feel we are just getting him thru his withdrawls right now but after that I am still a little intimidated. I dont want to screw up. any ideas would be helpfull, thanks
    September 10, 2008 7:40 PM
    Plowmanators said…
    Jessica, I don’t have any experience or knowledge about that, so I wouldn’t feel qualified giving any advice on the topic. I would try to get in contact with some professionals (which I would assume you have access to with this situation).
    September 15, 2008 11:01 AM


  • bradysmom said…
    Hi there. I have a question. I am new to this site – just discovered it today and am so thankful! I have been following BW since birth – my son is now 15 weeks – to the best of my ability, but always have questions. The difference I have is that I only breastfed for 3 weeks, then pumped and gave it to him in a bottle, along with formula, so he’s been mostly bottle-fed. 2 weeks ago I stopped pumping and now he is just getting formula. He has been doing great, since birth. Sleeps at least 9 hours at night – goes down just fine at night w/ no coaxing. I feed him, change him, then put him in his crib. He has slept in his crib since 6 weeks. Last Friday (May 16th) I switched from a 3.5 hour routine to a 4 hour routine. He now eats at 9, 1, 5, and 9. I have also started implementing structured nap time. I tried doing wake time for 2 hours, then nap time for 2 hours. Before this, he would wake at 7:30am, have wake time until 8:30/9:00 then go down for a nap until 11:00. After that I let him nap either in his bouncy seat and/or swing, but didn’t really enforce napping for a set amount of time, in his crib, since he was doing fine at night (and he wasn’t fussy at all during the day).Now that he’s on the 4 hour schedule – (it’s been 4 whole days) he has consistently been waking up 30-40 minutes into his nap crying. He never cries and has never woke up crying before. I have to go in and soothe him, can usually get him back to sleep but then he wakes up about 5-10 minutes later. It’s that 30-50 minute time range into his nap that I have to get him through. After that he will usually sleep the rest of the time. If I get him up at the time he wakes, he’s fine and wants to be awake. I’m thinking that he just has to get through that sleep cycle and has to get adjusted to his new routine. Is this the case? Am I doing something wrong? Is it too early to switch him to a 4 hour routine?? Any help would be GREATLY appreciated since the waking up crying is sooo unlike him! Thank you.
    May 20, 2008 12:55 PM
    Plowmanators said…
    I would guess that his waketime is now too long. On the 4 hour schedule, a 2.5 hour long nap. Try putting him down at the time he was going down before you switched and see how that goes.Be sure to visit the blog index and look under the four hour schedule section for more information on when to move over. Good luck!
    May 21, 2008 11:09 PM
  • Cristine said…
    My baby is almost 5 months and he usually goes down at 8, and wakes at 6. I used to wake him at 7, but he always ate at 5, went back to sleep and woke at 7. Now he’s not waking at 5 to eat anymore, but at 6, so we start the day then. However, I really wish he would start waking at 7 again. He is still only going 8 hours, max 8 and half without eating during the night. He’s also been eating for about 5 min. only every 3 hours (sometimes 10). He’s always been a quick eater…but 5 seems so little. Do you think I should start trying to extend his schedule to a 4 hour schedule, to see if he eats more? I realize, though, that babywise says he should be going for at least 10 hours without eating at night to extend the feeding schedule. What do you think?
    May 30, 2008 9:16 AM
    Plowmanators said…
    My daughter was a 4-6 minute nurser at a rather young age, so if his diaper output is normal and weight gain is normal for him, I wouldn’t worry about that. I wouldn’t extend the schedule until nights are better. BUT some moms extend the schedule before then and baby suddenly sleeps and eats better. If you think he is ready, you could always try it and if it doesn’t work, go back.See this post for ideas on how to deal with that 6 AM waketime: Early Morning Feedings Before Waketime:
    May 30, 2008 3:15 PM
    Abby’s Mom said…
    Cristine – My LO (5.5 months) only eats on one breast at every feeding and for anywhere between 3 and 5 minutes (with the exception of her first feeding in the morning which is more like 8-10 minutes) I had a really hard time accepting that she was getting enough to eat that quickly. However, she is a very chubby baby and has the right amount of wet diapers so I was told not to worry about it. You would be surprised how efficient they can be! I try to look at it as a blessing because I remember how hard it was when she took 45-60 minutes to eat during the first two months. 🙂
    June 2, 2008 11:21 AM


  • Lindsay said…
    Did your kids get sick after thier 4 mo. immunizations? If so, how long were they sick? Jack woke up every 2-3 hours again last night! Ugh!
    January 31, 2008 11:38 AM
    Plowmanators said…
    Kaitlyn got sick after her 4 month shots. Brayden got sick after his 2 month shots and his 1 year shots. For both, it was only the next day, but I have heard of some being a few days. No fun!
    January 31, 2008 1:08 PM

2 thoughts on “Various Reader Questions/Requests”

  1. About what age does the child extend their wake time to longer to two hours? My son is 5 months old and during the day he will be awake for 2 hours then nap, all day long. Im okay with it but I didnt know if he slept too much. Hes going to be 6 months in a coule weeks and it seems like maybe his wake time should be longer. ?

  2. Erica, Typically they stay that way until at least a year old–at least for the first two waketimes.Anytime between 6 months and 10 months, he should drop the third nap, so he will be up longer between the last nap and bedtime.


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