For those who have never seen me whinge or complain about DD's sleep habits on here (you must be new, so hi! ) but basically regression at four months saw her begin to wake frequently and we have never recovered. I started co-sleeping half the night with her just so I could get some rest (on a double bed in her room so as not to disturb anyone else) and she had always been breastfed to sleep, and back to sleep upon waking until 2 weeks ago when I abruptly weaned her by telling her 'no more milk'.
The first night after weaning it took 2 hours for her to settle, but she eventually did and has improved to a point where most naps and nights I can get her to sleep in about 20 minutes after reading 2 books, giving her a cuddle and popping her into her cot. If she lays down I stay with her and pat and rub her back, if she stands and puts on an act I walk out for either 2 minutes, or until she has calmed down enough from screaming to call me back in. This doesn't happen very often.
So obviously she has gone from being fed to sleep, to now being patted to sleep. I thought it was an improvement.
However- the past couple of nights she has been waking every 20 minutes. EVERY. 20. MINUTES. She goes back to sleep easily enough, but I can't sleep because as soon as I am back in bed and relaxed enough to sleep again, I am being called back.
Not to mention I've had one nights sleep beside DF for the whole night since she was 5 months old. It has come to a point where I have had enough. I have been applying for jobs again and I know I can't commit myself fully to work if I am still getting this terrible broken sleep.
I really didn't want it to come down to CC- my boys were very similar in their sleep patterns and I weaned them at about 20 months and saw gradual improvement until they were sleeping all night long before they turned 2. DD seems to be going in the opposite direction.
It is highly probable that she is teething and may be feeling a little unwell- both boys have been sick these school holidays and whilst she hasn't picked up their nasty coughs, she has looked a little unwell the past few evenings, and last night refused her tea.
If I do end up doing CC though, I feel like I need explicit instructions on how to go about it. How long do I leave her for, what do I do when I go back in to her etc. I've never had to do it before and wouldn't know where to begin. After how long can I expect to see results? How long should I expect settling her on the first night will take? Any insight would be awesome.