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  1. Deb says:

    My girl is spunky. She sleeps OK at night and can put herself to sleep for naps after a bit of crying. The problem is morning. She wakes around 5:30 hungry, has a feed and sometimes can go back to sleep until 6:30/7, but sometimes decides she is up for the day. How can I help her to go back to sleep consistently?

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says:

      Hi @Deb – Thank you for writing! Those early morning wake ups can sometimes be tough to solve and can feel brutal!
      It sounds like you are working hard to teach your daughter good sleep habits, and that she goes back to sleep sometimes is a good start! Keep it up and keep treating that feed as a night feed, unless it is at a time where she/you are ready to get up for the day!
      These free sample schedules should be helpful too:
      https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-sleep-feeding-schedules/
      If things do not smooth out and you would like additional help with this, please contact us at any time! Good luck!!

  2. Chin Li says:

    The biggest revelation for me this week is the discovery of my own temperament! Our son and I are both spirited! I hope this will add a positive side to our relationship, as I don’t think I could hack an antagonistic one 🙁

    And its tough, working with a spirited child when it comes to sleep, that is definite. We too experience the two steps forward 3 steps back ‘non progress’. He has a best cough now so its even more wakings. Just keeping at it… and hoping for the best.

    • Nicole says:

      @Chin Although both of you are spirited, you can focus on the positive aspects of your temperament traits and I’m sure you will have a very positive relationship! 🙂 Hang in there with the sleep non-progress. It *will* pay off in the end and you will be glad you started now rather than 2 years from now. I promise!

  3. Kristen says:

    I found that I am spunky as well as my son. I can see how that is – I used to have a lot of energy…before I was so sleep deprived…haha. It seems that each time we make progess toward a good night’s uninterrupted sleep, something happens…shots, illness, teething…

    My son is a year old now and he is doing better at sleeping at least 8 hours straight. However, when you go to sleep at 8 pm, 8 hours means you are up at 4 am needing help to get back to sleep for those last two hours.

    I know he can do it – I just don’t know the best way to help him.

    • Nicole says:

      @Kristen Thank you for sharing your results. 4-6 am is a lighter sleep (for all of us), so they will get better at it the more they practice going back to sleep at that time. And, I know what you mean about any time it feels like you’re in a good place, something happens to interrupt progress. Very frustrating! The first year is the hardest. Hang in there!

  4. I, as well as my son , am spunky. I knew this about him because he is so energetic. I, on the other hand, thought I was laid-back, but I do react intensely to many difficult situations.
    I think we feed on each other when we have a bad day and my laid-back husband comments on this. Sometimes I fear something is truly wrong with him, the way he sleeps (or doesn’t) is just bizarre. Maybe it’s his enthusiasm for life and new things (which I sometimes lack)?
    Since we have had a very difficult couple of weeks, I am even more “spunky” i.e. on edge. Hopefully I can take it down a notch and so can my son. If I try, one day he will sleep- right?!?
    .-= Ashley Nielsen´s last blog ..Lil’ Buckaroo =-.

    • Nicole says:

      @Ashley One of the things I learned from the book I talk about in this series is to recognize my own triggers and when I start to feel myself get riled up I pretty much know my son is not far to follow, so I try to take pre-emptive measures like taking him outside. It doesn’t always happen that way that I get on edge before him, but if I’m on edge it pretty much follows soon after from him, so I definitely think he feeds off me or is sensitive to how I am feeling. It helps to know this about myself that I am spunky and act accordingly. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Nicole says:

    I’ll kick it off by saying I’m spunky as is my youngest son, my eldest is spirited but not as much as I thought and my husband is low-key. My eldest and I are a lot alike which is good in some ways because I feel like I have a better understanding of him, which comes in handy when it’s a rough day and sometimes I can bring him down a notch. But, the days that I’m a little more intense or on edge makes it a bit harder because then we feed each other’s intensity. My son’s spiritedness can be tough some days, but I know his persistence and energy will pay off one day. I know the fact he can’t take no for an answer is hard now, but one day when he’s after something he really wants, it might be good in his profession of choice.

    My youngest is still a little too young for me to know exactly how his spunki-ness will play out, but so far he’s much easier going, but is already starting to “fight back” his brother and not let him run over him like when the older one wants his toy, for example. So, I think he’s going to be a good balance.

    I do sometimes wish the boys got my husband’s low-key-ness because he’s very easy to live with and a very loving, laid-back father, but in the end, we are all unique and make a great little family whom I love to pieces!
    .-= Nicole´s last blog ..Baby Temperament and Sleep Series: Wrapping It Up =-.

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