Many of you may have seen on my Facebook page that I asked whether anyone followed a sleeping program for their baby and the reason for this or the reason why they didnt. I started looking at plans not because Mea was a bad sleeper (she was pretty good) but because I wanted to understand more about babies sleep patterns and awake times. You know me I love to research and learn about new things. But I did not want a program that controlled my social life, as I wanted to go out with Mea when I chose too. So I came across a sleep program called Little Ones where it said the program did not involve controlled crying which was what I wanted and seemed to explain the reasons behind the method. (Now I am not dissing anyone who used controlled crying as I know some people it work really well with and some it didnt.)
So I thought I might as well buy it and if I dont use it then maybe I would learn something new about babies sleeping. I am glad I did buy it. It taught me so much about awake times for different age babies and if you go past this then they get over tired which causes difficulty at settling them when you know they want sleep. It also explains about the regressions, growth spurts and the correct amount of day sleeps different ages of babies should be having in order for them to sleep through the night and to help with their development. I found it very interesting as it explained why certain naps were at certain times in the day which would help with hormone balance and allow the baby to go to sleep better because it was at a natural dip in their hormones. I gave it ago, started when Mea was 5 weeks and she is now 13 weeks and she is pretty good at following it, we are able to go out when we like and it has helped Michael and I know what she wants without having to second guess everything we did. Plus they have a support group on Facebook where you can troubleshoot any problems with qualified admins or just talk to other like-minded mums.
I know every baby is different but I really do believe in knowing about what appropriate awake times the babies should be having definitely helps deal with a trouble baby as at least you can narrow down the what ifs as at least you know its not because they are over tired or under tired so must be something else troubling them like reflux or a growth spurt or teething. I would love to know who else did a sleep program and how they found it.