I think that's been the biggest shock for me - having a toddler that slept through then popping another baby out the refuses to sleep - arrghh - anyhows - dh has said he will do night duty tonight so maybe I'll get some zzzz's (crossing fingers) ..... (and toes)
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12-04-2012 18:00 #51
12-04-2012 18:02 #52Senior Member
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8-9 hours straight at the moment - I'm pregnant and with a 3.5yo, but I had broken sleep for the first 2 years with my son so am really enjoying good sleep.
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12-04-2012 19:29 #54
12-04-2012 19:31 #55
8 plus hours.
12-04-2012 20:55 #56
I get about 4 hours all up , I go to bed about midnight or 1am , kids wake around 6:30-7 and inbetween that time they both wake constantly but I still get block of about an hour inbetween wakes.
12-04-2012 21:29 #57
I didn’t ‘sleep train’, and DD slept through when SHE was ready – I didn’t force her or make her sleep through (Not like you can force a baby to sleep!)
However – I did do some things that I believe encouraged her to sleep well at night. I fed her at least every 3 hours in the day, unless she demanded earlier, so she usually had 6 feeds between 7:30 – 7:30. I made sure that each feed was a good ‘full’ feed, so if she fell asleep at the breast after 5 minutes, I roused her to feed until she was full. I followed a basic ‘sleep-feed-play routine throughout the day. So, from her waking time at 7:30, I would feed her, give her ½ hour ish play time/ mummy time, and then put her to bed awake. If she grizzled, chatted, or babbled to herself, I would leave her for a few minutes, and she would put herself off to sleep. If she cried, I would cuddle her until she was settled, & put her into bed awake but drowsy, so that she could go off to sleep in her bed. If she became upset again when I put her in her bed, I would cuddle her until she was asleep, or pat her in her cot, or rock her cot. I kept things dark and quiet at night time, and light and noisy during the day time, so that she differentiated between day and night. I didn’t have play time with her during the night, I would feed her and put her straight back to sleep. I woke her during the day time, for her feeds at least every 3 hours, so her day sleeps were 1 ½ hour naps – I didn’t leave her to sleep for, say, 5 hours straight in the day. I woke her up at about 10:30 for a dream feed, before I went to bed. At 3 weeks of age, she slept from the dream feed until around 6:30. Eventually, I was having to wake her up after 7:30 in the morning, so I dropped the dream feed & she slept 7:30 – 7:30 ever since, with the exception of a few days here & there where she has been sick. Some people would read that and feel like it sounds like a lot of work - and it's not for everyone. But for me, it came quite naturally and worked really well for us, and we all get a good sleep every night, so for me, it is definitely worth it.
Whew, that turned out to be more of an essay than I expected! I believe that it was a combination of these things, and also her personality, which helped her to sleep through at night. I was surprised when she began sleeping through so early, it definitely wasn’t an expectation that I put on her that she ‘should’ be sleeping through. I believe that good routine, guided by the child and following their needs, creates a child who is content and peaceful – she was rarely overtired, and rarely had to cry for her food. I believe that crying is a late sign of hunger, so I made sure she was fed regularly enough that she wasn’t hungry to the point of having to cry for it. My opinion of sleep habits in babies has been influenced by my training and also my work (I have a degree in Early Childhood and have worked and also taken part in research in the area of sleep and settling with infants), so I do have some experience and training in this area.
12-04-2012 21:38 #58
4 hours all up
12-04-2012 21:50 #59
Until the last week 8+ however now I'm coasting on 1-2hrs a night! So can't sleep!
12-04-2012 21:55 #60
Not enough!! :-p
Ds is a horrible horrible sleeper, animals sit on me, dp snores and I'm a night owl. Sometimes only 4 hours a night. Last night 2am til
6am when dp left and ds woke up wanting daddy.
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