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Lilah slept good last night - she went down around 7:20pm and slept solid until 2am. Had a bottle, but then was up at 3:20, and then she was up at 4:30 and was WIDE awake and totally wired up and hyper. It took me half an hour to get her back to sleep, so it was 5am by the time she fell asleep, then I had to get up at 5:30 to pump (doing that now)....and she just woke up again at 5:50am...DH is in there with her.
How do I stop her from waking up SO early, ready to get up? Should I put her to bed later? We have such a great evening routine going, I don't want to mess it up.......but I also don't want to be up at 4am for the day. Any ideas? I didn't feed her because she just ate at 2....so she wasn't hungry at 4 when she decided to wake up.
If you added up all of the sleep Lilah gets (usually) on a daily basis, how much does it add up to? Naps + night time (minus the feedings/night wakings)
I don't think pushing bed time later will work, but you could always try.
This is going to sound counter-intuitive, but maybe try an earlier bed time. If she's not getting enough sleep (total), she could be overtired, which is contributing to the early wake-ups.
I guess you'll have to experiment and see.
Also, does she have a mobile over her crib? We have one on Claire's. It's battery-operated, and gives off soft blue light, and has an option for white noise. If she wakes up and is wide awake, I turn on the mobile and the vibrating pad. I've watched her on the monitor, and she stares up at the mobile for a while until she falls back asleep. It's, like, HYPNOTIZING.
Chase does something similar. He goes to sleep around 7-8, wakes up around 12, sometimes 2 if I am lucky. After that he is up every hour, then wide awake and ready to go around 5. You should see the dark circles under my eyes, and how red my eyes are from lack of sleep. I have not been able to change his sleep pattern, and he has been like this for a while now. It's 2:15 here, and I'm not sleeping because I can tell he is going to wake any second. The good thing is he just wants a bottle and his very happy when he wakes, so that makes it much easier. I have no suggestions, sorry just wanted say I'm right there with you
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Well last night was better. She woke around 11, DH went in and gave her her soother and she went back to sleep. Then she woke at 1am - so I made her a bottle. By the time I got the bottle upstairs, she was back asleep.....all on her own! I fed her anyway though because I knew if I didn't, that she'd just be waking up again to eat. It's almost 6am now and I haven't heard from her again (I have to get up at 5:30 to pump every day). MUCH better night.
I have started sleep training Lexi. She went down at 8 pm and slept until midnite. (Fyi, for the past 4 nights she has also been waking at 10 pm but I've been doing the Ferber method. I go in there every 5-10 min only to give her the paci. I do not pick her up or feed her. Eventually she conks out.) So last night she went until midnite. I fed her. Then she woke at 3:30 am. Normally I would feed her then bc it's easier, but I decided to continue with sleep training so I can break this awful cycle of her waking every 2-3 hrs to eat. I did paci duty and Ferber method. It took over an hour and I was exhausted. She eventually went back to sleep at 4:40 am and slept until 6 am. Thank God my son never woke - I was so worried about it. I fed her at 6 am, and then she slept until 10 am. I'm going to do the same thing tonight. If she feeds at midnight, the earliest I will feed her again will be at 5:00 am. What do you think?
I think sleep training is a great idea. Lately Misha has been waking up more at night-- he used to sleep from about 10p-4a, then 4-8.... but lately he's been waking up around midnight and then up for the day at 7. Last night he woke up at midnight and 2 (fortunately I hadn't gone to bed yet by midnight, and hadn't managed to fall asleep yet by 2), but slept until 830 after that. Pretty sure it's just a growth spurt since he's eating way more these days, too, but it's not easy!
Erin, yes! I find myself counting on my fingers before I fall asleep (because I'm stupid, apparently, and can't do math)..."Ok, so Claire ate at 7...if she wakes up before 1, she's probably not hungry". I'm weird like that. She normally goes 7 or 8 hours for the first leg, but I do the math anyway just in case.
We had another GREAT night. Down at 7:15 (she pretty much asks to go to bed now, gets all fussy and cuddly), slept until 2am, had a bottle....sort of.....it took me 20 min to feed her because she could NOT stay awake, and it's 6 now and she's still sleeping. GOOD BABY!