Friday, August 28, 2009

I Think I'm Officially Desperate

Isabella was in such a great sleeping pattern. She'd take a few hour long naps everyday and then sleep from 9-9 with one feeding at 4am. It was perfect. However Wednesday night she slept for 4 hours and then woke up every 3 like clockwork. Last night she slept for 4 hours and then woke up every HOUR. I was ready to pull my hair out.


I'm not sure if I can blame this on a growth spurt. I know you're not supposed to compare babies, but so many other's have little one's who slept through the night way before this. I don't know what else to do. I wish someone would just tell me how to get and keep her sleeping. I go back to work in 12 days and I have a long commute. I'm seriously worried that I will fall asleep at the wheel if this continues.

I'll take any advice, except cry it out.

Oh and if one more person tells me that this will pass I'm gonna lose it.

1 comments:

Tooj said...

Unfortunately, my first thought is definitely a growth spurt. They have many "moments" like this during the first 6-12 months that interrupt their sleep patterns.

HOWEVER....the one thing I can suggest that worked really well with my kids (we scheduled and it was a tremendous asset to us, especially since I worked outside the house as you do.) is scheduling. Be sure that over the next two weeks at home you keep feeding times and nap times consistent. Not consistently spread out, but if she normally eats at 4am....feed her at 8am, 12pm, 4pm, 8pm. NOW...here is where I'd switch it up and wake baby at 11pm to feed her and then she if she'll sleep through to at least 4am. That would give you an uninterrupted five hours. If she slept until 6am, I'd feed baby at 6am, but turn around and feed her again at 8am, just like you did the day before.

The entire point of this schedule is to ensure that baby gets a FULL feeding. After feeding time, it's play time. Play time will be very productive adn enjoyable because baby is FULL. After play time comes nap time. She'll get a full rest because she's eaten, and played and tired herself out. She'll sleep and wake when she's hungry again. Eventually the schedule will ease itself into a pattern where she'll only need 8pm, sleep for twelve hours, and then 8am. But know that may not happen for a few more months.

Squeeze naps in between each feeding as well. Parents tend to think that napping in the day will cause babies to NOT sleep at night. NOT the case. Just ensure that all play times are interactiev, and ensure that nap times are only an hour or so...and with a four hour schedule, baby will be napping 3 times a day. That's only 3-6 hours, and then you add in the 12 at night and that's what a baby that young should be getting.

At ten weeks, some parents start sprinkling a tiny pinch of grain cereal in that final feeding at 8pm, if you're comfy doing that. :) I have lots of ideas and things we had to do/change up to make it work...I hope you find what works best for you. I'm popping over from SITS roll call - happy Friday.

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