We’re hitting a critical stage here in the household. The Bot is now 8 months and I’ve instilled some bad habits in her I fear – she’s not sleeping through the night at all.
We start her bath at 7:30 then nursing and a song until she’s dozed off. We would put her in the co-sleeper and that was usually about 8. She’d wake at 10:30/11pm when I went to bed and I’d nurse her again. Usually she would wake again around 3am, I’d nurse and she’d sleep until 7ish. A few times she slept through the night, but that was short lived.
I know that at 4 or 5 months a baby can often sleep through the night, and I’m pretty certain the Bot could have as well if only she hadn’t started teething at 4 months. If you’re lucky enough to get a few months to create a routine before teething, enjoy it!
So much of this time, I’ve thought it was simply a matter of teething or growing pains so I’d always nurse her when she woke up and lay her back down in the co-sleeper or between Bob909 and myself.
But lately it’s gotten worse. She wakes up at 10:30pm, 1am, 3 or 4am and then sleeps till 7am or so. She’s grunty and kicking about in her sleep. I get no rest and neither does Bob909 and in the day she doesn’t seem to eat a lot of baby food though her bottles
This isn’t working.
So we removed the co-sleeper and brought the pack-n-play in thinking her being too close to me was causing her to fuss and squirm and awaken. While she’d start out going to sleep easily (as always) she still fussed and fitted herself awake. We tried to move her to the crib in her room, that was miserable for me (trying to listen to the monitor), and she still woke up too many times. We tried the cry it out method and that was a disaster – the next day she couldn’t bare to have me out of her sight or away from her side.
So now we’re trying to figure out how to fix whatever it is that we caused. We’ve started by making sure she only naps an hour in the morning and an hour in the early afternoon and no more than 30 minutes as her late nap. We still get her in bed by 8 and it does seem to be improving though it’s not perfect yet. The last two nights she’s slept from 8 to 7 with only one night waking. Ironically, neither of us got any sleep last night thanks to us both expecting her to wake up!
We’re getting there and I haven’t managed to ween myself off nursing her when she wakes yet, I know I have to get there, and I will but I’d like to just get a week of her sleeping with just one waking first. Course by then, she’ll probably start cutting another tooth and we’ll have to start all over again. Here’s hoping I’m wrong.