Long time lurker, posting for some advice with my 3.5 month old's overnight sleep and settling.
I haven't followed any routine to the letter but have read SOS and we do have the 7pm bedtime; I also try to adhere to the Eat, Play, Sleep during the day.
A typical night for us is:
6pm - feed
6.30pm - bath
6.45pm - cuddles/books/relax
7pm - bed time; we put her in the cot, in a Love to Dream swaddle with the arms up and a dummy, she normal goes to sleep within 5-10 minutes with little protest (maybe grizzly, but no cry).
Between 7.30-8.30 she'll normally wake up crying and we pop her dummy back in.
10pm - dreamfeed
12.30 ish - wakes up, normally resettles within 5-15 minutes,
2am ish - wakes, won't resettle, pop dummy in a few times, end up feeding - not sure if she's that hungry. Generally falls asleep on breast and put back to bed (no dummy if she's asleep).
4am - 6am - as per 2am. But wakes every 30-40 minutes.
6.30- 7am - up for the day
Couple of other points - she's breastfed, but I've just started giving formula for the dreamfeed.
Sleeps with aircon on and room is 23-24 degrees, we live in the tropics so night time temps without aircon approx 28 deg and sticky.
Daytime is still a bit all over the place, she's only just started sleeping longer than 45m blocks. Can be up anywhere between 1-3hrs happily.
So, any suggestions to help with the frequent waking? I'm regretting the dummy somewhat - should I get rid of it now? How painful is that going to be? i don't think it'll be too long before I'll need to have her arms out of the swaddle as she rolls from front to back already and from back to side. When bubs cries during the night how long for you leave them to resettle; I'm not adverse to leaving her to grizzle/cry in order to resettle, but I'm not sure how long? I'm thinking about introducing a comforter.
Sorry this post is a bit all over the place! I think she's ready now to have a more structured routine, and I'd really love her to start having a decent uninterrupted nighttime sleep (happy to feed, but would love her to be able to resettle).
Thanks for reading