My DD goes to bed at 7pm and most of the time will self settle in her cot or I may have to go in and offer a very short pat while she is in the cot to get her off to sleep, she is not rocked or fed to sleep. She also self settles for her naps in the day and I know she can resettle herself in the day as she does it for her morning nap and sleeps 2 hours.
She has a consistent night time routine of dinner, bath, feed, quiet play and then bed. However she wakes every 45 - 90 mins for the first 3 hours of her sleep. If I go in quickly she just needs a couple of pats and then she is back to sleep, if I leave her then she gets distressed and takes even longer to resettle. Oh and it has to be me that goes in, if hubby tries it is just lots of crying until I go in.
After the magic 3 hour mark she stays asleep and wakes for a feed anywhere from 12 - 2am and then usually another 3-4 hours after that. I don't mind having to feed her once or twice overnight but the constant waking in the first part of the evening means I can't go to bed early to try and catch up on sleep and leaving her with anyone else is out of the question.
Anyone got any suggestions or similar experiences?? I am very close to hiring a sleep consultant because I am out of answers and things to try.