So much has changed in E’s sleep habits over the past three months, so I thought I’d finally get around to writing an update.
We attempted to sleep train him when he was 4 months old as suggested by Marc Weissbluth in his book Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child, but after just a few days, we decided that we felt he was just too little. His cry still sounded like that of a tiny hungry baby and he was still drinking a lot in the middle of the night, so we decided to put it off.
At around 5 months he started sleeping really well. We had a couple of weeks of him sleeping from about 9:00 to 7:00, but then he started teething again and the night wakings began again. Not only did he start waking up at 2:00 AM, but the wakings became more and more frequent. One night he woke up every two hours, and I noticed that the cry was more of a whine rather than a desperate hungry kind of cry. That’s when I decided that it was really time for sleep training. His doctor even told us at his 6 months check-up that he shouldn’t be waking up at night anymore and that we should let him cry.
The night we decided to start, E started crying at 2:00 and we tried to ignore it. Eventually, I couldn’t stand to stay in bed any longer , so I got up and paced outside his door. Honestly, the thing I was most worried about was our poor neighbors. I couldn’t help wonder if everyone else was also up listening to our howling infant.
He cried for a total of one hour, and then he fell back to sleep and didn’t wake up until 6 or 7:00. We were impressed. I had expected him to cry several times that night.
You know what? The next night, he didn’t cry at 2:00 AM. He didn’t cry at 4:00 AM. He slept until 6:00. (We decided that any waking after 6:00 was ok.) The only problem we had was that sometimes he would cry just after we put him down at night, and if we let him cry with a full tummy, he would puke after just three minutes. So we also decided that if he cried within two hours of being put down, we should go soothe him because we didn’t want him to vomit.
Last week, he started waking at 5:00 AM, and if I went in to his room at that time, all the rocking in the world wouldn’t put him back to sleep so he was up for the day. But he was also miserably tired the whole day. So we decided to let him cry at the 5:00 AM waking. This didn’t take much and after a few days, he started sleeping until 7:00.
So for the past week, he’s been sleeping 8:00-7:00 which is just heaven to us, and has made him much happier during the day.
He still only naps thirty minutes at a time, and wants to nap every three hours or so during the day, but we don’t mind. This makes for a very happy boy between naps. ♡
Another thing that has really helped the sleep situation is the fact that the baby’s room is no longer nursery/Dad’s office. We moved my husband’s desk to our bedroom, so that the baby has his own quiet sanctuary to sleep in at any time, and we installed a black out curtain in the window.
It’s just his bed, the exersaucer, and the changing table in there, so he has plenty of room to play and it’s the perfect size for a nursery. Isn’t the colorful elephant blanket pretty? My friend bought it during a trip to India! We’ll see how the room transforms as he grows. I have a feeling that we’re going to need a way to store toys soon. ♡