Subbing as I'm in the same camp with nearly 5mth old DD1.. Not interested in forcing her to change but then wondering if in 6mths she'll still be the same and I'll have anyway to as I'll be back at work.
My instinct says let her find her own way but then I don't want to miss the wood for the trees and be dealing with this long term..
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12-11-2015 11:33 #11
Did sleep intervals ever increase?
12-11-2015 11:54 #12
So basically it didn't get better with time, it got worse, until I drastically intervened and even now he doesnt sleep thru.
12-11-2015 13:33 #13
My two older kids were very different in their feeding needs. Plus I'm very much a believer of child led parenting till 12mths ish. Then I gently guide them into the family routine/Pattern.
Yes there were times I went to work with 2-4 hrs broken sleep. But that didn't last forever.
12-11-2015 14:07 #14
It's important to me not to be a pushover but to let DD guide me in what she needs for as long as it's working for both of us. I enjoy my mid morning snoozes!
12-11-2015 22:29 #15-
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Did sleep intervals ever increase?
For my boys longer sleep periods was connected with age (gut size) and solids intake. From memory sleep stints at night were consistently longer than 3 hours after about 7 weeks? Memory is hazy on that one though. By 5-6 months my boys were sleeping 12ish hours at night.
I'm also a believer that in the absence of medical issues if an older bub is waking regularly through the night it's probably more to do with preventable reasons such the timing and length of day naps, how bub is put to sleep/settled at night etc.
Beware of the dreaded 4 month sleep regression - it's an ******** of a thing.
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13-11-2015 00:06 #16
Yes, my ds naturally increased his sleep intervals. I can't remember completely but he was still waking 3 hourly up until 9 months or so. His sleep improved heaps with crawling at 11 months (most improvement in day nap). By 12 months I think he was sleeping 5 hrs straight which he did until 18 months (he often woke several times between bed & 11pm). After 18 months he only occasionally wakes between 10-11pm and has started sleeping through occasionally from 20 months.
13-11-2015 07:35 #17
Nope my DD1 never slept longer than 2-2.5 hrs overnight until I intervened and night weaned. She was 7 months old when I started a firm routine with her and in 3 days she was a drastically different baby and I was a new woman. I was nearly 3 months with DD2 at that stage so something had to give, it was utterly exhausting.
The biggest thing I changed was stop feeding to sleep, I believe there are many *gentle* things you can implement and still get a big change. Ie good nighttime routine, encouraging day sleeps etc. I believe sleep promotes sleep I really hope things improve for you
13-11-2015 08:18 #18
13-11-2015 08:23 #19
I'm not yet at the point where the night waking is particularly a problem and seeing as we are only just starting to play with solids, if we dropped all the night feeds that would be half his food intake gone. He's a big boy but not fat, just tall and strong like his dad.
He's six months in a week and a half but currently fighting a nasty chest cold and we've just come through the first two teeth so for now we are just co-sleeping and that works fine for us (kicked DH out of the bedroom).
I think if we get to crawling and proper solids meals and there's zero change to his sleep I'll look at intervening then.
13-11-2015 08:27 #20
I've got 3 kids and they are all so different and slept through at different ages. I was lucky, though as none of mine woke regularly at night for long periods of time. It was either sickness or teeth. My third went through the 4 month wonder week for about 6 weeks but was sleeping through for 8 hours at less than a week old.
Even now, she is the only one out of my 3 who will sleep later than 7 and sleep longer if she has a late night. I often have to wake her on the days I work. It is not unusual for her to wake up at 8:30. My other 2 wake at 6:30 no matter what time they go to bed.
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