Sunday, January 31, 2010

Revised nighttime routine

Thursday Daddy took care of the nighttime routine, while Mama went to a PR society dinner. And Daddy discovered that bedtime at 7:30 p.m. (versus the 8 p.m. target we settled on weeks ago) is even better for Cayden. He doesn't fuss or bruitz, and we feel like we're 20 minutes ahead of his too-tired crankiness. So we've been doing bedtime at 7:30 for a few days now, and Chicken Wing sleeps peacefully, straight through until somewhere between 5:30 and 7:30 each morning.

It's soooooo nice to have a baby that sleeps well through the night.

And one other lesson related to sleep. Clouds and Stars Quickzip sheets are AWESOME, and I can't believe I waited six months to try them out. Kristen gave me an assortment of non-registry gifts for my shower, and this was one of her "been there, done that" personal favorites. But since the crib was already set up with the sheet that came with the bedding set, the Quickzips stayed in Cayden's closet until this past weekend. We had been using sheet protectors to avoid crib sheet changes, but Cayden finally yammed up his crib sheet late last week. So I decided to pull the Quickzip set out of storage and give it a whirl.

What a FANTASTIC invention!! There's a bottom sheet that goes around the bottom of the mattress. It stays put through sheet changes. Then there's the top sheet (where the baby lays) that zips into the base sheet, around the edges of the crib. So now that this set up is on the mattress, I may never have to struggle with bumper removal and mattress finegaling again! All I have to do to change sheets is zip one off and zip another one back on! The best part? I found a second top sheet for $15 online, which is at least $5 cheaper than many of the traditional, pain-in-the-ass-to-change crib sheets found at BRU!

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