My DP and I have a beautiful 9 year old and a beautiful 11month old.
Both of our girls have not been good sleepers at all but ourmain concern at the moment is our 11 month old. She has very very rarely sleptthrough the night and I think the last time was about 6 months ago.
It used to be that she would just wake the once for a bottleand go back to sleep, which we could handle. But for the last few weeks shesbeen waking up (not always for a bottle) up to 4 to 5 times a night. For example, the night before last was down at 7.30pm. Woke at 9.30, 12, 1, 4 and 5. Took one bottle. Last night she was asleep at 7.45, then woke at 11.45, 2am, and 4.
She has only just started to cut teeth and has been hard tofeed lately (she is formula fed but on lots of solids now) and DP and I arejust exhausted. We don’t know why she is so unsettled at night. Teeth? She is happy and full of life during the day. She has two day sleeps a day ranging from 30 minutes to maybe 2 hours (on a good day).
She isn’t cold, hot, hungry or wet/ soiled so we don’t knowwhats going on. We don’t really like the idea of letting her cry it out (I havesome mental health problems and I cant take that) and I will not go to a sleepschool as Ive heard so many bad reviews about the one here.
We both work and I just don’t know what else to do so Ithought I would come on and see what advice you might be able to offer.
Im not doing so great with comments that “she should besleeping through by now” which I first heard at 6 months and I continue to cop alot of comments that she should be sleeping through at least 12 hours by now because "well my babies did from 6 weeks" (I wish) and here we are 5months on and she still doesn’t sleep through. Its not helping hearing that coz I wonder what Im doing wrong?
I know every baby is different and some babies just are notgood sleepers. It seems we get into a great pattern, she gets an illness or avirus and bang, the sleeping is all over the shop again but the last few timeshave just been awful....and she hasn't been sick. Im just wondering with the Christmas break and being home, maybe she isn't getting as 'worn out' as she does at daycare and going out?