Silja's Sleep Diary: seven months old
Written by Taru, Silja's mom
Seven months old now and baby
Silja is doing very well: she takes longer naps and her nights are
quieting down more and more. And her mom figures out the
best eat-play-sleep routine ...
Silja will be seven months old tomorrow, and her first birthday is now
closer in terms of time than the day when she was born. I'm gradually
getting used to seeing babies younger than her. And smaller.
Although she was the smallest of our babies at birth there's nothing
dainty or delicate about her now, and I need to buy her clothes at
least two sizes up based on age.
What I can't get used to is how mobile she has become during the last
week or two.
She doesn't really crawl yet but still somehow seems to
get anywhere she wants, and it's becoming a bit of a joke to put her on
her mat to play.
Within seconds she's pulling books out of shelves and
chewing on chair legs and electric cables. I'm going round the flat
unplugging everything I possibly can.
While we've descended into chaos in terms of torn books and chewed
chair legs, things have
otherwise calmed down noticeably
At first we had been trying lots of foods at
different times but
haven't got all that much down. for weeks we have tried sleeping at
different times but the naps have been really short - so lots of effort
but not much of a result.
Now it's all
fall into place
, and it's all so obvious I can't believe I
didn't figure this out sooner: she simply wants her solid(ish) food
when she's just woken up and at her most energetic, then she's ready
for some fun and action, and big milk feeds are good when she's tired.
Repeat three times a day for a happy and harmonious day.
Silja is still getting up around 7am in the morning, happy and well rested
but hungry for a "proper" breakfast of porridge and fruit, with milk
Her new preferred naptime
is around noon, today she slept from 11.30am until 2pm (!) on our big
bed. She doesn't automatically try to switch off anymore when I put her
in her buggy, and is more interested in looking around.
So it's goodbye to
napping during the walk to school
in the morning. Instead
of a brisk walk in the park, a trip to a department store may now work
better in terms of putting her to sleep in her (smaller,
She loves to watch all the bright lights and colours in shops, and if
she's not being entertained by smiling assistants, she can quietly nod
off after a while. This will probably ruin both my fitness levels and
And when we get home, she gets very excited by the bright spotlights in
our lobby and in the lift, and giggles and kicks her fat little legs.
If we're home at naptime, she might take a token milk feed to get
herself in the mood for sleep.
She has a late lunch of something solid after the noontime nap, and is
awake when we pick the big kids up from school. If we get home at a
sensible time she is normally happy to take a nap between 4 and 6pm
although this nap is not always that long.
Today we enjoyed the excellent weather outside until past 6pm, and she
only took a bit of milk and a three-minute doze instead of a proper
nap. This late afternoon nap is really good news as there's a
reasonable chance of getting dinner on the table without incident and
Silja waking up happy to join us.
It's still not particularly peaceful as spoonfuls of baby food and bits
of finger food fly in the air, but it's better than fussing and crying
By 9pm latest
she's normally tight asleep, but although she recognises our bedtime
rituals and they clearly help her to settle down, she takes quite long
to fall properly asleep.
There's a definite mummy-as-pacifier element in the proceedings as she
finishes her milk feed in bed and tries to settle down for sleep. Her
sleep is also very light for a long time and she keeps waking up a lot.
I wonder if this is simply the sleep of a seven months old.
I'm not quite sure how often as I'm still blissfully unaware of the
time at night, but I'd imagine she wakes
up one to three times a night
Mostly she doesn't even need to feed, just wants a cuddle or a little
suck for comfort. I didn't mind it too much this week when I suddenly
got mastitis and had to feed her non-stop to get rid of the infection,
but now I'd really prefer a few very quiet nights.
In fact, she's sleeping quietly next to me now, and I think it's time
to join my cute little seven months old for a nap.