He also doesn't like to take naps during the day. Let me rephrase that, he doesn't like to take naps during the day unless you are holding him the entire time. As soon as you think he is asleep and try to put him down, he wakes up. We've tried letting him cry it out for naps but he has cried for an hour straight without taking a nap. We've also tried putting him down for naps and letting him cry for 10, 15, and then 20 minute intervals and that method has not been successful for us either. Despite that, we are very lucky that Trotwood is sleeping well at night in his bassinet. He only wakes up once or twice during the night to eat and then goes right back to sleep. I love holding my baby but every now and then I would like to be able to take a break without him screaming at the top of his lungs. You think after about 10 minutes, he would stop. No, not our little boy - he must be heard.
Last week I really needed to get some things done around the house so I tried putting Trotwood in his bouncer in front of the television and turned on Baby Einstein Van Gogh. Mr. Rochester's mother gave us two Baby Einstein videos and we hadn't tried them out yet. Although I hated the idea of parking my two month old in front of the television, I was willing to try it out so I could do a few things around the house...and it worked! Trotwood sat in his bouncer and "watched" the entire Baby Einstein video (which was only 20 minutes long). I tried putting the video on again for him after the 20 minutes was up but he was done with it. Since then I've had some more success with the video and decided to make the following purchase on Ebay. It's the Baby Einstein DVD Collection and includes 26 Baby Einstein programs. I think this will be good way to preserve my sanity for at least 20 minutes during the day and I don't feel one bit guilty about having Trotwood "watch" 20 minutes of a Baby Einstein video. It's educational.