Help Me Readers!

2 Jul

I have some dilemmas and I’m looking to you readers for advice. Here they are:

– Emma is stuck between needing 1 and 2 naps. If I keep her up long enough to just take 1, she gets overtired and won’t go to sleep without me rocking her. If I put her down for 2 and she actually falls asleep, her bedtime ends up being around 9 / 9:30, which is too late. I want it around 7 / 7:30 – 8 at the very latest. Lately, she has a hard time falling asleep early enough for 2 naps. She used to be awake for 3.5 hours between naps; now it seems like she can go between 4 – 4.5 hours before needing one. Any ideas? If you’ve made the transition, what did you do?

– We’ve stopped using cloth diapers because Emma soaks through them in about an hour. Putting 2 inserts in helps but makes the diapers so bulky. I’ve thought about buying new inserts but just haven’t taken the time to research. I’d like to keep using them because we have them, but I don’t want to change Emma’s outfits 5 times a day. Thoughts?

– Our new house has almost 2 acres but there’s no fence. We don’t want our dogs harrassing the neighbors so we have been taking them out on a leash all the time. We don’t like the extra work and the dogs are going stir crazy now, since they’re used to running around like idiots in Nevis. We’re thinking about/planning to get an in-ground fence. Anyone have ideas or experience with that? Brands to recommend? Did you trench it in yourself or hire it done? Are there other alternatives we’re not thinking of? (We’ve tried leaving them on long cables but they hate it.)

– Northern Minnesota has TONS of bugs. Our house is on the river and in the woods, so bugs are everywhere. Emma gets bit by mosquitoes every time we go outside. I know it’s pretty much a fact of life here but I would like to find some way to prevent her from getting so many bites. Not going outside is not an option because Emma loves being outside. Does anyone know of a baby-friendly bug spray or have any other ideas? I plan to ask our pediatrician next Monday too. If she has ideas, I’ll let you know!

Thanks for any and all help!

3 Responses to “Help Me Readers!”

  1. Kayla July 2, 2014 at 11:44 am #

    I can only add some thoughts on the transition from 2 to 1 naps… all the other stuff…good luck!
    Okay, so naps – 1) It happens to us all; you are not alone in this season. 2) When I see that my kids are getting tired in the evening, I start the bath. (I have bathed my children every night since their biblical cords fell off.) I do make it fun. I bring in toys, water finger paint, and bubbles. I’ve even let the bath water out and then filled it back up for more distraction. After that, I read books (we don’t play after baths), brush teeth, and then straight to bed. For babies that might mean nursing to sleep or a bottle to sleep.
    Anyways, for me, it works. Not always. But most of the time.

  2. Theresa July 2, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

    We are in transition too. Some days they take 2 naps, some days they take one. Luckily they are pretty good at falling asleep on their own even when they are a little overtired. If she falls asleep a second time, can you just make it like 30 min and wake her? Then maybe she won’t want to stay up so late?

  3. Theresa July 2, 2014 at 4:42 pm #

    And honestly I often put them to bed by 730 even if they took a second nap. If they play in the cribs for a bit – oh well.

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