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Monday, November 03, 2008

Long-Time Reader, First-Time Blogger

Thanks for having me, Dan. This is the first time I've tried blogging, and I'm really looking forward to jumping into the discussion. My hope is that blogging will be a productive use of all the extra time I'm going to have after tomorrow when I'll no longer be spending hours a day obsessing over every detail of the election (whatever will we all do with ourselves?).

A little about me -- I teach Constitutional Law and Media Law at Georgia. My research interests include free speech, free press and, increasingly, privacy law. I welcome your insights into these topics as well as any tips on how to get my 11-month-old daughter to sleep through the night (please!).

Posted by Sonja West on November 3, 2008 at 11:30 AM | Permalink

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Thanks for the replies, everyone. I didn't actually expect responses to our sleep-challenged baby problem, but the advice is very welcome. I have the Healthy Sleep Habits book and we followed it closely in the beginning, but I guess it's time to take another look to see what it says to do at this stage. We are guilty of not keeping strict nap routines.

Thanks again!

Posted by: Sonja West | Nov 4, 2008 2:08:12 PM

Ah, I can relate...I'm listening to one our our triplets (yes, triplets...13 months old) cry in the nursery next door. They started to sleep through the night at 3 months of age, but one or two get rambunctious as of late.

Routines are key for us. In addition to Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child, the Ferber Method is pretty useful as well.

Fortunately, although there are three of them in the nursery, the other two don't wake up. But we still do. Good luck...

Posted by: Jody | Nov 3, 2008 10:12:45 PM

Glad to see we finally are getting to discuss the *really* important issues on this blog. I second Jonathan's book recommendation in strongest terms-it is an absolute lifesaver.

Posted by: Howard Wasserman | Nov 3, 2008 2:35:04 PM

Prof. West,

A few tips I found useful when my (then) one-year old didn't like to sleep:

1. Make sure she naps well and long. No naps = bad sleep. Also, keep her as close to the same nap schedule as possible every day - our kids thrived on consistent nap schedules.
2. If you put her to bed only when she's visibly tired, it's too late - she's overtired. Start moving her bedtime back 15 mins - 30 mins earlier each night if the situation is as I described it.
3. We discovered six months in that our younger child is lactose intolerant. Cut down the lactose in her diet (or yours, depending on how she's eating), or if on formula, try soy or lactose free.
4. If nothing else helps, try this book - it recommended a few of these things and was otherwise helpful - http://www.amazon.com/Healthy-Sleep-Habits-Happy-Child/dp/0449004023.

--Jonathan

Posted by: Jonathan | Nov 3, 2008 11:44:16 AM

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