Monday, November 17, 2008

Update on the sleep doctor- for all who want to know...

The long awaited sleep doctor appointment finally arrived. I was going to have all the answers, get a good night's sleep, for once and figure out how to have the perfect sleeping child, right?

Um, the stupid tech person messed up and they didn't get the data they needed. What?! Are you kidding? Nope, not kidding.

Dr. Sleep thinks Mad's issues are behavioral. She recommended reading some book and being firm. Her word, not mine. Basic behavior shaping sans whistle.

I took my appointment to ask her everything else I could think of so all my friends could benefit from the real live sleep doctor.

Q: When do babies need to stop eating or nursing in the middle of the night?
A: 3 months if everything else is normal (weight etc.)

Q: When to do Cry It Out, if you are going to go that route?
A: 6-9 months. She recommends a modified approach.

Q: How long should bedtime prep be?
A: No longer than 30 minutes (yeah, right, tell that to M and M.)

Q: When do kids give up naps?
A: 25% will by the age of 2. 25% will still need naps at 5 years old. Most kids give it up between 2.5 and 3.

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