In the Seattle area, there is this organization called PEPS or Program for Early Parent Support. When your baby is about 4 months old, if you sign up for a PEPS group, you get to meet with about 8-10 mothers in your area with babies the same age as yours. You meet weekly with this group and because everybody is going through pretty much the same thing at the same time, you get tons of "this is working for me" or "this is what this means" kind of stuff. And while we all know that you can go to the doctor or nurse for advice, the best kind of advice comes from your girlfriends and other baby mamas. I was in a PEPS group with Jackson and was a group leader for a few years after that. To me, it was an invaluable tool for new parents.
Well, now I'm in need of a PEPS group. So I'm calling out to you if you are able to give me any sort of advice. Specifically about sleep.
Here are the brief details. Chase is now 5 weeks. I am "scheduling" him, which basically means that I feed him every 2 1/2 to 3 hours. At the beginning of each cycle, he eats, then I try to keep him up for some waketime, then down for a nap the last 1.5 to 2 hours of each cycle. This has worked beautifully until about 4 days ago. He wakes up about 30 minutes into each nap! It is mostly due to gas, but none the less, he wakes and won't go back down. He isn't hungy, he isn't wet or dirty - it is mostly gas. I try to head it off by using gas drops, but they usually don't work. I thought it was acid reflux after talking to one of my girlfriends, so we started to prop him up and let him sleep in his carseat and boppy, but he still wakes.
He will stop crying if we pick him up, but frankly, I can't hold a baby for his naptimes. 5 weeks is too early to cry it out, right? I forget these things.
Sometimes he will make it through the whole nap, but like I said, he mostly is waking and we still have another hour until he is due to eat again. When do babies fall into the morning nap, afternoon nap, and late afternoon nap schedule instead of 6 naps a day?
So there you have it. Please tell me what you did - I will really appreciate it!