E.A.S.Y. routine - support and advice?

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  1. Noodlejuice

    Noodlejuice Mum to 3, expecting #4!

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    Is anyone else using (or trying to use) EASY? Just wondered if anyone who's familiar or getting the hang of this wanted to share tips or advice, or just offer support?

    I used this with my first two (with my daughter from 3 months, when she went from being grumpy and unsettled to being really easy to care for...thank you Tracy Hogg! Used it with my son from birth, too) and they both responded really well - perfect naptimes, feeding well, content babies and a happy mommy!

    I'm trying with Jasper, but it's more of a challenge. I suspect he may have silent reflux (asking for specific advice on this in another thread) - he wont sleep for more than ten minutes lying down, even when being cuddled, very hiccupy, clearly uncomfortable after feeds etc. Going to talk to HV tomorrow, but in the meantime - eep!

    I'm trying to work with a three hour EASY...altered slightly as the Y doesn't really exist yet with Jazzy P needig near constant cuddles. However, Mr Jazz would prefer an EAES kind of routine - eat, awake for a while, nom another oz, fall asleep on mommy :dohh:

    If he was my only baby it'd be fine...but I have two more children! Charlie is at home with me and, at just over 2yrs, needs a lot of attention too. I can't hold Jasper all the time...I'm looking at baby carriers/wraps/slings but I cant wear him constantly - Charlie needs cuddles too and I need Jazzy to nap independantly!

    Does anyone have any advice for helping a baby to fall asleep without taking extra milk - every time he does this he's more uncomfortable and sometimes very sick; he needs to drop off without the extra oz (he's taking 3-4oz at each feed already)...or for helping him to settle in his crib?

    Or...is anyone else working to EASY and would like to share support and successes?
     
  2. minties

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    I did try EASY with Thomas, but it all fell apart. Sorry I'm not much help - I will be trying again next week, I'm waiting on some Tracy Hogg books as I found the baby whisperer forums just too confusing for now.

    Basically for me I just can't get him onto any sort of routine - the only thing he does the same every day is go to bed about the same time and wake for night feeds at the same times.
     
  3. Noodlejuice

    Noodlejuice Mum to 3, expecting #4!

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    I've looked at the forums but can't get on with them either - the books are brilliant though!

    Hope it works out for you :hugs:
     
  4. minties

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    Oh just wanted to add in, my aunt and uncle are EASY addicts! Their son is 1 year 1 month old and my aunt only just now stopped keeping a spreadsheet with her EASY routine on it. He still doesn't nap well or sleep through the night, but she's an expert so I spend a lot of time asking her for advice.

    I'm not sure if the whole EASY thing is for Thomas and I but I will give it another go next week.
     
  5. Farie

    Farie Well-Known Member

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    Nim isn't good at it either, she's also more of a EAES type of baby (also refluxy)
    TBH for us days are 'make it up as you go along' while nights she's ok.

    I'm hoping once the reflux/allergies are under control we might be able to get something to work, but currently she's miserable and feral and we just get through any way we can.

    Sorry, not much help!
     
  6. Aunty E

    Aunty E Mummy to Mog and Teddy

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    We did EASY (although not very strictly in terms of timing, just tried to keep feeds spread out about three hours) with Mog using the book. Worked like a dream, but she always slept in her bouncy chair during the day (unless she fell asleep on her own, then we put her down properly). She was pretty windy and unless she was upright and vibrating, it was difficult to get her to nap during the day, although she slept well at night. After a week or two we could just bounce her for a minute or two and she would nap happily in the chair with the vibrate on.
     
  7. Noodlejuice

    Noodlejuice Mum to 3, expecting #4!

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    Nim sounds like Jasper; he's so snuffly I'm looking at air purifiers etc to try to help...with the potential reflux too it's tricky. How long did it take her to be ok overnight? We're sleeping in shifts and it's tough...I'm working on the routine in hopes it'll help him to settle at night more!
     
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    Farie Well-Known Member

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    Nights came together at about 2 1/2-3 weeks, they still move about a fair bit but the basics are there!
    Dream feeds are great and the reflux tends to be minimal at night
     
  9. happigail

    happigail Mummy to Kitty and Ashy.

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    I love easy. It makes total sense to me and is like old school common sense made for today! When I was lost and floundering about 3/4 weeks ago it gave me something to cling to and work towards, and although we don't always achieve eas we do still eat every 3 hours and have activities in that time and hopefully at least a nap, but I won't wake her if she falls asleep after a bottle, I just keep her REALLY busy when she wakes until the next feed time. Kitty had reflux and really I just muddled through, touch wood it seems to be improving a bit, but I have no advice on that one.

    Sleeping in crib wise, keep putting down awake and try not to feed to sleep, is my advice, this is realllllllllly hard and was a struggle with lots of pupd for a couple of days but now she coo's and giggles herself to sleep every night and for her naps.

    I couldn't recommend a light show more, it was the missing link in our bed time routine, she adores it and it basically is the transition between feed, massive cuddles and into crib. It gives her a focus other than wanting to get right back up.

    I read that elevating the head of the matters slightly helps with reflux babies as well.

    Babbling sorry
     

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