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.