My LO slept great for the first five months - he would sleep 6-8 hours, eat, and go back to sleep for another 3 hours. Then around 5.5 months, he went through a phase of sleeping about thirty minutes at a time, slightly longer if he was on our chest. We have managed to get him back into his crib, and he's sleeping 2-3 hours stretches at a time. However, getting him to go to sleep is a struggle - I either have to nurse him to sleep, or we have to rock/bounce/walk him to sleep, and it can take a while sometimes.
So my question is this - do you have any tips on how to get your child to sleep easily, or how to help him sleep through the night??
Valerie - Happily married to DH since 09/08
Baby Jacob's finally here!! 10/4/11
You know, each kid is different. With my first, I remember working and working to get him to sleep. With my second one (who is now 6 months old), it seems much easier. I don't know if this one is easier in general or if it's something I'm doing. With this one, I wait longer before I put him down. He is VERY sleepy by the time nap time rolls around and will go down without a whimper. About a month ago, he started being difficult to put down and I realized that he was stretching out his waking periods and I hadn't adjusted to it. I was putting him down about every 1.5 hours after he woke up and he wasn't REALLY sleepy until 2- 2.5 hours after waking. Once I adjusted, things got much easier. So maybe that could be it?
Mom to my little super hero (02/06) and our super hero-in-training (11/11).
It's a busy time for them developmentally and I thInk that's a big contributor to changing sleep patterns at that age. My biggest comfort was that none of the patterns lasted that long :-)
Mother of two spectacular girls, born mid-2010 and late 2012