I've posted here in the past up nighttime wakeups with my babes. Finally on child three I made an accidental discovery that immediately increased their sleep spans. I feel sort of silly, but here it is. I wasn't drinking enough water.
My son was still waking up much and I was at wit's end. I prayed and even had other people praying for a solution. A few weeks went by and a friend asked if I wanted to join a challenge she set up to get herself to drink the recommended eight 8 oz glasses of water a day. I knew I needed to be better about that so I signed on and started drinking 64 ounces a day. Within about two days Jonah went from waking every 1-2 hours (and sometimes staying awake at 3 am!) to waking every 3 hours and going immediately back to sleep after nursing. Then came every four hours. Then six hours and even one eight hour stretch! It was wonderful! He had been hungry! I was not increasing solids for him at this time- just my own water intake.
Then I missed a day on the water challenge and lost. I started getting sloppy about keeping up with my water. Bad habits crept back in and soon he was waking frequently again. I tried to drink enough water but didn't really keep track like I did before. So I made one of those little movie-style bargains with God and said that if he went back to longer stretches I would share this solution with online moms- the same moms that I always go to for help- maybe I could help back.
Well, I started tracking my water intake and sure enough- his sleeping improved again! So here I am fulfilling the promise to post about this.
It's been amazing. And I just can't believe the answer was so simple.
As a side note, I do not cosleep. I coslept with dd2 but not with this baby. Not sure if that would make a difference for anyone, but wanted to let you know.
Blessings on your nighttime parenting, everyone :)