I need baby sleep advice!
The baby is sleeping. That’s good. A couple of days ago, she decided that napping was for the birds. She logged about half an hour in total naptime between 9 am and 9 pm. It was a long day. We thought she might sleep extra long that night since she was so exhausted, but no luck. She did pretty well yesterday, but that brings me to my question. I need some wise advice.
Several weeks ago I reported happily that swaddling was working. When she was about 2 months old, she would consistently sleep from roughly 9:30 pm to 5:00 am. That lasted almost a month.
Then she started waking up at 2:30 am. I was determined NOT to feed her (because she obviously hadn’t needed it before and I didn’t want her to start waking up for a little snuggle and snack). For two nights, I got out of bed, put a pacifier in her mouth, and she’d sleep for another 20-30 minutes until she popped the binky out and woke up again. I wanted her to hold out to eat until 5:00, so this was an exhausting ritual. A combination of advice and logic told me we needed to lose that pacifier. So I quit letting her take it to bed. And things were good for a week or so (minus a few random days). She had her four month check up and I reported that things were good at night, so I missed my opportunity to get the doctor?s input. Because within a couple of days, she quit sleeping again.
For the last few weeks, the child just won’t sleep. She cuts her naps short, she stirs about an hour after being put to bed at night, and the she wakes up around 3:00-4:00, and won’t settle back down, really. During the day, she still goes at least four hours between nursings, so it’s not like she?s in a growth spurt and just wants to eat.
My husband has moved into my son?s trundle bed, since he has to go to work at 6:45. I have no brain power to do much, especially writing. So instead of offering up information to you today, I can only offer this question:
What in the world is wrong? She’s goes to sleep on her own, for the most part. She doesn’t take a pacifier to go to sleep. She used to be able to sleep all night.
My son didn’t sleep through the night until he was 9 months old. So I just accepted that. I was much younger, though. But I can’t believe I’m the only one out there with a baby that quit sleeping. What did you do? Help me (and the other struggling moms)!
In exchange, when I get my mind cleared in a few days, I’ll tell you about the best advice I received for daily life with baby #2.