Tom will be three months old on Saturday, he’s big, hale and hearty and a bit erratic as to where he gets his sleep.  He will quite happily go without daytime naps one day then sleep for most of the time in his pram when I go for the day out with one of his Grandmas.

Night time he is more regular, he normally sleeps for between 5 and half hours to 6 and a half hours and has pretty much done so since his first night at home.  Even with the colic.  But his natural bedtime has only crept forward very slowly currently it is residing at about 10:30ish which is often past my own bed time.  So now that the colic appears to be over, we’ve started to seriously aim at moving his bedtime forward so that we can be adults again in the evening.

Tonight was the first night I’d decided on the basis that I can’t do a full blown controlled crying or crying it out or what ever you want to call it, that we would follow the Miriam Stoppard method of setting a sleep routine.  Leaving him for a short while to see if he will settle if he doesn’t go in calm him down then leaving him for a short while again.  He was in bed by 9:10 and cried on and off until 9:35 ish.  We both trooped in and out of the bed room soothing him at regular intervals neither of us got particularly stressed and now all I’m hearing is blissful silence from the bedroom.

Hopefully by the end of the month he’ll have a regular bedtime of about 7ish and the night will be ours again.

Scary Massive Baby Head Fortunately Asleep.

Scary Massive Baby Head Fortunately Asleep.

I am positively delirious at the thought of all the TV series I can fall asleep in front of in an unhurried and leisurely method.


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  1. Ah yes, the promise of unhurried and leisurely… =)
    I have three boys, the oldest is almost 16 and the youngest is, can this be right? Almost 12?! Oh my… I can still remember when they were Tom’s age, in an albeit loud yet physically manageable size… Of course though, now if we go anywhere they carry their own stuff so that I don’t need to lug around all the bags and other baby acquirements! Not to mention that now when they become loud, it can be solved with either logic or slow and deep voiced intimidation. “Perhaps you feel you’re being treated unfairly?”, said with a stern look can be quite effective until they’ve seen “The Empire Strikes Back” for themselves. Did you parents ever just start counting, and you were to assume that when the number three was reached they had gotten to the end of their patience? I tried that with mine very early on and found it to be not quite as useful as starting at five and counting backwards. Somehow the approach of zero is more of a deterrent than that of the number three…

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