Today Katrina was fairly fussy. It was really inconvenient because we were trying to pack and one of us always had to be holding and soothing her. Neither of us got much sleep and I don't think she really did either. She doesn't fall asleep very easily and lately hasn't napped well during the day. Consequently, she's been fussy because of lack of sleep.
So I've been researching ways to help her learn to sleep better. She's only five weeks, but especially once we go to Pennsylvania I would like to at least have a tentative schedule for waking up and bedtimes especially. My aunt really likes the Babywise method, which advocates setting a fairly strict schedule, but after I read some negative things today written by pediatricians, I decided against it. Then I read about a book called the 90-minute Baby Sleep Program and thought it sounded pretty great. After reading several things written by the author in response to people who had problems implementing her program, I realized that she really was only advocating a method which worked great for her kids and then found scientific evidence to support it. I also found a site called Ask Dr. Sears that described really well how infants sleep and how to get them to fall asleep easier.
So I tried some of the suggestions and got her to sleep at 8:30, and in her bassinet, even! However, she only slept for two hours, so I'm nervous about getting her back to sleep now. Oh well. We'll see.
Edited to add:
We ended up taking her on a walk at 1:00 and putting her to sleep that way. We didn't mind because we actually really enjoy those nighttime walks. Oh well, she's only a month old!