It’s been two weeks since we started sleep training. I am pleased to say I am getting a lot more sleep, but due to my poor little bear suffering from a bug the last week, I haven’t been sticking to my guns as strictly as I would have liked.
For the first 6 days I was strict in making sure he fell asleep alone at bedtime and every night waking. It was hard work but it was paying off. From day one, he drastically reduced the number of times he woke. However, now that he is ill when he wakes during the night and he’s poor little nose is struggling so hard to breathe, I can’t help but help him out.. After all that’s what mummy’s are for..
My baby is back to sleeping one long stretch a night (most nights), which averages between 4 and 6 hours, he then wakes once or twice. On two occasions he has managed 9 hours straight which is just amazing.
However, we are still struggling with very early starts. He’s just too eager to get up and play. This has improved, but we’ve had a handful of nights were he’s woken at 5am, and two occasions were he has woken at 4am (this morning being one of them)😂😂. I will tackle this problem once we have a fully self soothing baby! (Oh and once naps are sorted too).
So, all in all I am pleased with the progress we have made so far, but don’t want to get my hopes up yet as anything can happen, and my munchkin still prefers mummy to put him to sleep. I am just so relieved that the waking up every 2 hours has vanished for now, but I’ll be praying this carries on.. 🙏🙏🙏
So last night was a totally different ball game to previous nights. Sami fell asleep all by himself with no moaning or crying (much to my amazement) by 7.05pm. By 8pm I thought I’d get into bed to catch some sleep, preparing myself for a sleepless night. But of course I couldnt sleep, as I was too eager to see if Sami would need me when he woke at his usual 9pm.
Well, 9pm came and went, excitedly I thought I’d hold out until 9.30pm. Sami was still asleep, it was too good to be true, and so I finally drifted off to sleep. Then at 9.40pm.. bang! Sami was up and crying. After three attempts of picking him up, cuddling him, putting him back down, and whispering ‘I love you baby, it’s sleep time’ he stopped stirring. I left his room at 10pm, and didn’t hear a peep out of him.
Feeling extremely pleased I dozed off. I wanted to pinch myself when I next woke and it was 3.05am! Sami had slept 5 hours, this was the longest stretch in weeks. At 3.10am, Sami had put himself back to sleep, I was elated. But then I heard his white noise turn off (I have this playing all night and it runs for 8 hours a time). I went into his room to turn it back on and woke the poor munchkin up. So at 3.20am, I gave him a feed, put him down awake, and he was out by 3.30am! Magic!
Sami is an early riser, and he woke at 5.45am ready to play. I usually try and put him back to sleep but I was so pleased with him I let the morning start. We had a good day, but struggled with nap time. I have decided I will not try and tackle both together, I simply don’t have the energy, and it’s night time that’s causing me more pain.
I think I got lucky last night, but really hoping I can stick to it tonight. Sami was tired earlier then usual tonight, and so at 6.21pm he was in bed after three attempts of picking him up and putting him down, he is now out at 6.50pm.. Wish me luck
Last month I wrote about how my babies sleep was the bain of my life, well little did I know it was only going to get worse. A fortnight ago, we were back on track and Sami started sleeping 5+ hour stretches and even managed 4 nights in a row of 8 hour stretches, I started to have hope (albeit I didn’t want to get my hopes up too quickly). The last two weeks have been horrendous. Sami wakes every two hours like clockwork, and after 3am he wakes at unpredictable 30 minutes and 1 hour intervals.
Last month I also pledged I was going to ride it out as my baby needs me, and I vowed to throw all of my parenting books in the bin. Well I have a fresh perspective now, or rather I am desperate for more than 2 hours sleep at a time, do you blame me?
Having frantically searched the Internet, putting his wakefulness down to teething or a growth spurt, I have come to the conclusion none of these last this long, and actually my baby has built a sleep association with comfort feeding. When he wakes, the only way to calm him down is for me to nurse him back to sleep. When in fact he isn’t hungry and falls back to sleep within minutes, and is basically using me as a human dummy.
Tonight, I have put him down in his cot, happy and awake. As I sit here typing this in the dark, he hasn’t even stirred yet let alone cried. So at 19.04pm I am still hopeful. Although, I was hopeful yesterday, and the day before yesterday, and the day before that, when after putting himself to sleep initially, he still wanted only my comfort when he woke like clockwork.
Tonight I am going to attempt the ‘Pick up put down method’ when he wakes. Having only read about this today, I think I have the jist of it, but I am unsure I have the willpower. Perhaps documenting it here will give me some form of motivation to follow it through. Wish me luck, I have a feeling I will be needing it..
Desperately seeking sleep