I am starting to notice others with babies of a similar age with similar sleep patterns being told that it is not normal or healthy and something must be done (I haven't been told this because I have learned in my short tenure as a mother that it generally only causes problems to complain about your child's sleep if you are a co-sleeping, anti-CIO sort of parent). Is this true? Except for the once a week or so that she has a horrible night, I really don't mind the way things are now; I just get worried that something is *wrong*. I should add, as well, that she doesn't put herself to sleep yet. She either nurses to sleep or falls asleep in the car. Other things to consider are the facts that we moved to a new city two months ago, I suspect she is working (very slowly) on her first molars, and she seems to be having a language explosion where she is trying to say more words and seems to be comprehending a lot more of what we say.
She will be starting in daycare part time on Monday, so this really doesn't seem to be the best time to make any changes, but if changes do need to be made, I will have a few weeks or a month to really research and decide how to go about it best.
Whew! Sorry about the novel! What do you think I should do? Is her sleep pattern worrisome?
I suggest you stop looking at the clock in the middle of the night- it can just cause frustration. Just enjoy your baby and try not to fully wake up when she wakes to nurse at night.
Ruth, single mommy to 3 quasi-adults
DD woke about once every 2-3 hours from about 4 months until about 15-18 months. We both mostly slept through the nursing sessions by about 9-12 months old. I nursed her pretty much every time she woke up until she weaned at 27 months. I never considered another method. Nursing worked She only went to sleep nursing or in the car until shortly before weaning, when she gradually started nursing, pulling off, and snuggling down.
She turned 3 yesterday and only this summer has started to fall asleep "on her own" sometimes (generally only for naps). She is a healthy, happy, bright 3 year old. She's never been a great sleeper, but there's no health issue. She's definitely mine in the sleep area - lots of trouble turning off, tuning out, and just going to sleep. It's just part of her personality.
If you're frustrated with the sleep routine, I recommend hiding the clock. It made a huge difference in my mindset. I also recommend working on sleeping/dozing while she's nursing if you aren't already doing that.
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I can't believe I am going to put myself through all that again in a month and a half-what is wrong with me?!
Really though she still wakes up some nights every few hours, now it's once to go potty, a bad dream or something else wakes her. It's life with the under 5 set. People who say their kids have zero sleep issues are in denial.
Long list, but all boils down to it being normal. May be annoying, but nothing I would be concerned about. Give her a few months and see how she's doing! You're a good mama. Don't let people make you feel like you're messing up your child because you don't leave them to cry!
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She doesn't usually have a longer sleep stretch, I don't think, but I am not watching the clock like a hawk (it's on DH's side of the bed and I have to sit all the way up to see it, and one of the reasons we cosleep is so that I don't have to get up at all!).
They will sleep through the night!!
The only time I would be "worried" is if they are showing signs of sleep apnea, food allergies or something medical. Otherwise, it is completely normal.
she is my 3rd and both my boys were the same way :makes for one tired mommy!!
I made a post about my almost 13 month old yesterday... lol.. this is normal.
Annoying, but normal.
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I long for the "good old days" of 4 hour stretches
My question is -- will she eventually start sleeping longer stretches or do I need to try to cut out one of the feedings/nursing-back-to-sleeps? I don't want to nightwean altogether.
When I'm up at 3 or 4 am, I start trying to plan some kind of strategy, but by the time the next night rolls around, I just go with the flow and ask the Goddess to help her put herself back to sleep. :
Mama to two sweet girls!
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