I've stretched her awake time out to 2-2.5hrs. In the afternoon it's often 3hrs awake time before bed so it's definitely not that she's not tired enough. If anything I'm wondering if she needs it back to 2hrs. I tried Panadol overnight in case of teething didn't help. She also doesn't seem unwell. She was up last night 7:30, 8:30 then 11-1am so I put her in bed with me at 1, woke again at 4:30, and up for the day at 6. She's gone from sleeping 12-13hrs no fuss for the past 3-4 months (1-3 feeds and straight back to sleep) to last few nights 7-8hrs very broken and unhappy sleep.
I even tried sleeping with the lamp on so she could see me in the bed 1m from her before I put her in bed with me. She's been up since 6am and had 2hrs sleep the whole day. Today I've tried feeding more frequently to see if that helps overnight. If this continues then I'm going to get a referral to our state residential program. Broken.
Very late 4mth sleep regression?? Did she go through that??
Ear infection?? Try nurofen.
I don't have advice since I am struggling big time to get DS to nap. Sorry for thread crashing as you mentioned CIO. I am against CIO but maybe I am too over protective? I read a book saying some babies fuss to nap. A little bit of crying won't harm. So where to draw the line?
I know this night sound counter productive, as you're desperate for her to sleep as much as possible so you can too, but do you wake her at the same time each morning?
What does a 'typical' day look like for your bub?
We've slowly clawed our way back from hourly wake ups at 4 months and even 5 months to 4 hour stretches and 8am wakeups in the UK now. It's just a phase if it's the regression and it does get better. I truly believe i do just have a poor sleeper tho and that's just the hand I got dealt unfortunately.
As for @bbhope's CIO.. As I mentioned earlier ( sorry, can't remember what thread ) I'm fiercely against CIO. But I've been watching her while I lie next to her in bed and she's definitely needing about 5 mins to cry and go to sleep. There are even a few tears. It's been a real learning curve for me. It's not all the time but if she's defo tired and just transitioning herself. She kind of cries, adjusts to get comfy, cries and adjusts and then peacefully sleeps. At home I would have rushed to pick her up as soon as i saw tears but lying next to her I can be just as close without disturbing her method and it's fascinating.
The caveat being tho that i think at 6 months she's only just getting the ability to self settle without distress now and I'm lying right next to her without touching her. A month ago i wouldn't have let her cry for 5 minutes.
Any younger than 6 months for my bub would have been cruel I feel. Instinct is telling me she's ready now and it's her way of going to sleep 60% of the time.
As soon as I'm back in Oz I may try having her in the cot with my hand just on her and let her cry for a max of 5 mins.
Sorry, I'm rambling. Not sure if any it that helps or not but thought worth sharing. I'm having a few 'Ah ha!' moments here in the UK!
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