I am humbled and honored every time a mom, mom to be, or even the occasional father contacts me for advice or information. It never occurred to me that people would actually value my opinion enough to seek out my perspective, it is a shock every time! But it is truly an honor and a privilege to be able to share my perspective and experience with you all.
I thought it may be helpful to publish the questions I receive on the blog in a series titled “Ask Instinctual Mothering”. Remember, the answers are only my perspective based off of my own experiences and what I have read or researched. I will never claim to know all there is to know about pregnancy/birth/breastfeeding/parenting because I am still learning myself (and have no true accreditation besides a breastfeeding counselor certificate)! However; helping, encouraging, empowering, and sharing information with others is why I’m here typing. It is a true passion and gives me great fulfillment and I hope I can be of service.
I promise to only share real questions from real people and always with their permission (and never their name). If you find yourself pondering something yourself, please feel free to contact me with ANYTHING – even critical feedback! You can contact me through facebook, E-mail at Tmschult@gmail.com, or through the contact form at the bottom of this page.
Okay, enough blabbing. Here is the third “Ask Instinctual Mothering” installment! This was a message I received via Facebook.
The BIG SLEEP Question
I just wanted to reach out and see if you had any tips or words of advice that could help me and my daughter get better sleep. I have a dockatot coming Tuesday and I’m hopeful she will like it. She has reflux so I know I’m going it have to prop it up a bit. She was doing well for a good 2 week stretch in her rock and play swaddled… sleeping anywhere from 4-7 hour stretches! Then last Monday rolled around (the day before her 3 month) and all this crazy fussy no sleep at night happened. Let me correct myself there, she sleeps but wakes ever 1-2 hours wanting my boob in her mouth. Even if she’s not really nursing it’s comforting to her it seems. She’ll fall back asleep within 10 mins but then transitioning her back to the rock n play is hard or it seems she doesn’t get into her deep sleep…(waking after 45mins -1.5hours).
I try to only keep her awake an hour and 15 – 1.5 hours then get her down for a nap before she is overtired and crying. It’s a struggle tho. I feel like I have no life. Any tips or just what works for you would really be appreciated. Thanks so much and I hope you and your family are doing well!
Sleepless in the Suburbs