Skylar is just such an independent child. Even more so than Melanie ever was. Ever since Skylar was a baby, she never liked to be held while she slept, she much prefered to be sprawled out in her bassinet or crib. Even now, you know when she is tired because she will scream bloody murder in your arms. All I have to do is put her in her cib and seconds later she rolls over and goes to sleep. It’s really nice actually. I know that when she cries, she is tired and wants to sleep. When she shrieks, she’s hungry. Other than that, she is quiet or saying “yeah yeah yeah yeah”.
I think that by always putting her to sleep when she was still awake has taught her that when we put her in her crib, it is time to sleep. 9pm every night. :)
With Melanie, it wasn’t as much as a schedule because I always tried to get her to fall asleep on me until she was roughly 3 months and I had to get her to sleep on her own (had injured my back and couldn’t trnsfer her from my arms to her crib anymore). After she got used to falling asleep on her own, she was on the same schedule as she is on now, 9 pm bedtime.
I am sure many other people don’t agree, but I think schedules are not only beneficial, but almost a necessitity for us parents trying to get things done!