Silja's Sleep Diary: fifteen to seventeen weeks old
Written by Taru, Silja's mom
Seventeen weeks old now and
Silja is developing her motor and social skills rapidly. The faithfully
installed bedtime routine starts paying off ...
Seventeen weeks old now, these past weeks have gone so quickly, Silja is
becoming a real -
and very funny - person and although her sleep has not changed much
she's developed immensely
in other ways.
She is grabbing things,
laughing and shrieking happily when we play with her.
Therefore, it's a
bit of a struggle to do anything else than play - it's so rewarding to
see her smile...
She's also become quite a bit more dependent
, which makes things very easy as long as
everything goes as
I think the investment we made earlier on to keep night time
rituals, say her bedtime
, pretty much the same, even when she took hours to
asleep, are now paying off.
She's now clearly tired - cranky and
rubbing her eyes - by 8pm and falls asleep peacefully after a good
feed. The only problem with the evenings is that she sometimes flails
her arms about
so much once she's already fallen asleep
that she wakes
- and then she's definitely not happy, and
takes a while to
To be perfectly honest, I'm tempted to stuff her arms inside
her sleeping bag, but that would probably not be safe - so I'll just
try to hold her arms gently if I see her doing this, and if I'm too
late, then just feed her a bit more to settle her.
Silja is now normally up around 2am for
a quick feed, and then
again around 6am, and might sleep until around 8am if there's not too
much going on - that's almost
12 hours of sleep per night
couple of days have been really quiet: the big kids are on holiday with
their dad. Silja's naps have not been as long as usual since there's no
school run to remind her of the nap times, and even when I take her out
in the pram at the usual time she doesn't seem to sleep as long.
that compensates for the longer sleep at night. I'm really
quiet time just by the two of us, but also suspect Silja is getting a
bit bored in the afternoons - however much I try to play with her. It
will be good to have the big kids back home soon.