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Old 09-14-2010, 10:45 PM - Thread Starter
 
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dd has slept at least 8 hours stretches since 10 weeks. from 4-6 months she was sleeping 10-11 hrs at a time. we didn't "train" her to do this, she's always been a long sleeper. easy to put to bed too, we would nurse, swaddle, and then cuddle for a couple of minutes and i'd put her down in the co-sleeper and she'd drift off peacefully. if she fussed at night, i would offer her the pacifier and she'd go right back to sleep. during growth spurts she would want to nurse and i'd do it happily. i swear, i appreciated every minute of this because i knew i good we had it.

then, at 6 months things changed:
she grew out of the cosleeper (too long!) and we transitioned to the crib. we are not good candidates for cosleeping (my dh sleeps like the dead & crushes me regularly, we both need 3 large pillows to sleep and i don't feel that cosleeping is the right choice for us.)

we started slowly introducing a couple of solids (some veggies & cereal occasionally, always at lunch time).

for the last month, she's been up *at least* 3 times a night, and is harder to put to sleep the first time and subsequent times during the night.

i was fully prepared for the crib transition to be tough for a few weeks. but it's been a full month and it's just not getting any better, i'm tired, and i'm feeling bad that she's not getting the good sleep she used to, although she's happy as a clam during the day.

i've tried everything (nurse her, don't nurse her, let her fuss a few minutes, respond the millisecond i hear her make a peep, swaddle, no swaddle etc) and nothing seems to help her get back to sleeping longer stretches.

there are so many variables & questions: changing to crib, she may be teething, developmental milestones, is she ready to not be swaddled, could be a growth spurt?

can i do anything to help her? or should i just tell myself "this too shall pass" and wait for her to get back into a more regular pattern?

thanks mamas, i'm too tired to figure this one out on my own.

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Old 09-14-2010, 11:09 PM
 
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there are so many variables & questions: changing to crib, she may be teething, developmental milestones, is she ready to not be swaddled, could be a growth spurt?

can i do anything to help her? or should i just tell myself "this too shall pass" and wait for her to get back into a more regular pattern?

thanks mamas, i'm too tired to figure this one out on my own.
I'd guess those things. I'd think developmental milestone would be more likely than the crib. My DS (6 mos) goes through spurts with sleeping. His sleeping situation has never changed (he's always been in bed with us), but his sleep will vary from STTN to waking every hour, just depending on the week (or night). to you, and it will pass!

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