My daughter started sleeping through the night when she was about six weeks old. I remember everyone telling me that newborns never sleep, but hey, my kid was sleeping through the night and I was well rested… so what did they know? When Chloe was around seven months old, she hit a major bump in the road. She was never a great napper to begin with, but I could at least count on her to sleep through the night. At seven months old, she was teething , her papa went on his first business trip since she’d been born, and she hit a major sleep regression patch. This sleep regression lasted well after her first birthday when we finally said “enough is enough” and Papa Jumper sleep trained her.
Now that she’s sleep trained, I can count on her taking a 2-3 hour nap every afternoon and being in bed by 8pm. We cherish this routine. Nap time means I can get housework done, catch up on work for my clients, take a shower without worrying about the baby, or even take a nap if I feel like it. Her 8pm bedtime means Papa Jumper and I have extra time for ourselves in the evenings, and a few extra hours alone on the weekends while she naps. We’ve gone from our baby refusing to nap and sleep in her crib to walking to her bedroom every night at 8pm. Sounds perfect, right?
Well, there’s a catch.
Chloe is so ingrained into this sleep routine that sometimes, it can be challenging for us to be flexible in our schedules. Things like doctors’ appointments and play dates are scheduled around her naptime. She is quick to fall asleep in the car, too, so occasionally we avoid trips longer than 20 minutes driving time knowing that she will *not* take a nap once we get home (because she just napped for 20 minutes in the car). If we are out, we make sure to be home by 7:30pm so we can start our bedtime routine. If we don’t, we will never get her to bed on time… which starts a domino effect of her being off schedule for days.
How flexible are you when it comes to sleep schedules? How much does it affect your LO when you change their schedule?