Sleep training.. Day 2

I had a feeling that last night would be harder then the first night, as I still thought it was just a fluke. So this is how last night played out: 

6.50pm: Sami put himself to sleep after three ‘pick up put downs’

9.00pm: I went to bed, expecting to be woken by 9.30pm, his usual wake up time.

12.40am: Sami was very quietly stirring, but trying to go back to sleep.

12.50am: I felt sorry for him and gave him a feed, he was starving! 

1.02am: Put Sami back down (very sleepy at this point)

1.05am: I could hear him quietly trying to settle himself, I knew he’d manage, so I peacefully drifted off.

3.54am: I heard quiet stirring again, and Sami trying to sleep. 

4.06am: I convinced myself he needed a feed so went in and fed him. He was starving so I’m glad I did.

4.15am: Left him awake and happy, he spent the next 45 minutes trying his very best, I went in three times and picked him up and put him down and every time I did he had wind or a burp. This was stopping him from sleeping I thought. 

5.00am: I really just wanted him to sleep at this point so comforted him back to sleep ( I couldn’t help it he’s doing so well). 

5.30am: I put him back down and he woke up smiling, laughing and ready to play. He was so happy that I gave in and got him up. Il tackle his early wakings after we have sorted his initial sleep problems.

After a horrendous two weeks, even though I haven’t followed it to the book, I am so happy with the progress we have made. I just hope I can continue to follow it through and can get past day 5, as that’s when Sami regressed when trying to nap train last month. 

Sleep training Day one Update

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 

Sleep like a baby

Whoever came up with the phrase ‘sleep like a baby’ obviously has never had a baby. My baby does not know how to sleep. I know that sounds strange, but let me explain..

When my baby is tired and wants a nap, he doesn’t want to stop enjoying himself, he is too busy taking in his surroundings and having a good time. He then becomes overtired but is too overstimulated to sleep. This results in a FULL BLOWN tantrum. When I say tantrum, I mean kicking, crying and screaming, uncontrollably. This lasts from an hour to four hours and is heart wrenching. 

It took me up until three weeks ago to realise that sleep was behind the tantrums, so the first thing I did on making this revelation was to read up on sleep training (and in particular for naps as bedtime was no problem). Unlike nighttime, I didn’t have a ‘naptime routine’ which wasn’t helping matters. So I decided on a routine similar to bedtime, and embarked on ‘nap training’ my baby.

And let me tell you, it worked like magic, the very first time. I couldn’t believe it. By day three, Sami was falling asleep by himself for every single nap, I wanted to pinch myself, it was too good to be true, how could it have been this easy all along? And then the bubble burst.. Boohoo. 

By day 5 Sami was clued up on what would happen at nap time, and decided he preferred mummy to put him to sleep, and it all went pear shaped. Sami was suffering from a cold, so I didn’t have the heart to continue, despite knowing that this was normal behaviour and I needed to persevere. To make matters worse, since a trip away to see his family on my husbands side, he’s decided he doesn’t want to sleep at night either and now wakes multiple times, just when I thought I had it all sussed.

So for now, I am going against the advise of all the experts and putting my baby to sleep, because he needs me and I can’t prolong his agony watching him struggle to get to sleep any longer. Night time is still hit and miss, so I am concentrating on getting him back to a good nighttime routine. I never wanted to be one of those mums who couldn’t do anything because they didn’t want to mess with their babies routine. But now I’m a mother I get it, 5 days away from home and I’m still paying for it three weeks later. 

To add to the situation, Sami has outgrown his Sleepyhead and he is really missing it at night, his cot is just too big for him to get cosy.This is by far the best thing we ever got for Sami and I truly believe it was what helped him sleep so well for 3.5 months. The clocks going back have also meant Sami’s morning starts at 5am😭😭. As I’m starting with the whole bedtime thing again, I am getting Sami’s nursery finalised so that we can move him to his own room in the next few weeks.. Keep your fingers crossed for me.