Becoming a Mombie

Katie is almost 4.5 months now and it’s been 9 months + 4.5 months that I haven’t slept well. I’m starting to consider sleep training Katie.

She’s such a good baby, but the co-sleeping and night wakings are starting to be a bit much. Some days, I feel like I’ve become a mombie (an exhausted mother that feeds on coffee and survives on wine).

With Isabelle, we used the SleepEasy Solution at 6 months. It’s a controlled crying-it-out (CIO) method. I’m not sure if Katie needs something so drastic, so¬†I’m open to suggestions on how to avoid CIO. Here’s an example on how our nights go:

  • Anywhere between 6:00pm – 8:00pm – Katie is down for the night in carrier with husband, then they transition to co-sleeping (she’s a tummy sleeper).
  • Anywhere between 11:00pm – 3:00am – We switch off and I sleep with Katie.
  • Between 8:00pm – 3:00am – Katie may need to feed between 1- 3 times.
  • Once we switch off and I sleep with her, we’re up almost every 1.5 hours.
  • Then we are up for the day between 4:30am – 5:30am. Sometimes we sleep in until 6am (rarely).

From my sleep training book, looking at this schedule, Katie is not getting a full night’s sleep.

Does she sleep in her crib?

Yes. She will sleep in her crib during her day when she’s in a deep sleep. I do the floppy arm test.

What happens when you put her down awake?

She’s awake. Smiling.¬†Sometimes fusses, but mostly smiling and most importantly, not sleeping.

In a couple of weeks, we have a sleep trainer coming to our playgroup. I’m looking forward to hearing her suggestions. Before I meet with her, I’d love to hear what you’ve done. CIO wasn’t easy. I’d rather not go that route, but I know in the long run it really helps. Isabelle is a great sleeper now.

 

2 comments

  1. If she sleeps on her belly, can you put her down for the night (at 8pm or so) on her belly, in a dark rom, white noise machine, warm blanket/sleep same/whatever)? then have your husband handle her if she wakes before say midnight or 1am by gently shushing her back to sleep if she’s not truly hungry? if she is, have him bring her to you for a feed, put her back in her crib? if she gets used to sleeping on her own, maybe the stretches will go longer. if she is waking every 1.5 hours and smells you right there and wakes fully, expecting to eat that often, no wonder you’re feeling zombie-ish! also, if she goes to bed at 8, try making a 12-hour night: lights do not go on before 7-8am, don’t talk to her, don’t stimulate her, just feed and return to bed. or start bedtime at 630pm and have her down for the night stretch at 7?

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