Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Sleeping Arrangements

People frequently ask me about our nighttime routine, so I thought I'd share.  Ever since the second night home from the hospital, James and Amelia have slept in their cribs.  Madeline sleeps in the swing (turned off) because it helps with her reflux by keeping her inclined.  We always swaddle each baby before bed. 

For the past two weeks, the babies have nursed around 9 pm, then wake up again at midnight for their first nightly feed.  Jesse unswaddles them, changes their diaper, then hands the first two to me to nurse while a bottle of expressed milk is warming in the crock-pot.  He bottle feeds the third baby.  Then we swaddle each baby and place them back in the crib or swing.  This whole routine normally takes about 45 minutes.  Usually only one baby is fussing and hungry, but we always feed all three, even if they don't eat much.  (This is why we unswaddle and do a diaper change first to help wake the babies so they know it's time to eat.)

After midnight the babies wake every 2-3 hours and we continue the routine.  Of course, Jackson inevitably comes in our bed sometime in the middle of the night.  The whole family is up for good around 8:30 a.m.

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