Julie- My son was colicky too so I feel your pain. Now we are going through teething (not fun either). My son was also sleeping great stretches that early and now he's getting up a lot again.
Anyway We went to the pediatrician today for my son's 6 mo visit. He's 17.5 lb (50th percentile) and 28 inches (90th percentile). Anyway she was asking about sleep habits and I said he still gets up in the middle of the night wanting to eat. She said he should be sleeping for 12 hours and not getting up anymore and he needs to learn to soothe himself to sleep and also eat so he isn't getting up in the middle of the night hungry. She said if we don't do that it could take him forever to learn to sleep. She said she didn't do it with her 4 yr old and she still gets up in the middle of the night. She said with the older one she let him cry to learn to soothe and he's a great sleeper. She also suggested a book, Healthy Sleep Habits, Healthy Child. I know my husband will let him cry so I guess I am just going to have to get headphones or something so it doesn't kill me.
So, I guess I am just going to let him have to cry until he learns and so he is eating enough. I've tried baby food before bed (hasn't worked). I've noticed he eats less during the day being on more solids. When the sitter is here he barely takes a 3 oz bottle. I think I may try feeding him bresatmilk before solids and see if that works. So anyone have any advice for me so I can get him to sleep through the night where he doesn't need to wake up to eat? Or maybe he's not hungry and just wants to be soothed and he has to learn. But usually if I put him back to sleep without feeding he screams that he's hungry. So maybe if I start feeding him less and less he'll get the point and eat more during the day and/or before bed.
Well anyway I have to get back to work.
David Nicholas 12/5/09Expecting a GIRL 3/23/13
Sandy I am sorry you are dealing with these sleep issues. I do have the book your doctor recommended and I really like it. He does offer a few suggestions if you don't want to CIO but says that with babies with colic it does normally come to that no matter how long you wait. Although of course you can wait another few months to see if things naturally improve.
Honestly I would try it for 4 nights and if you don't notice an improvement then try and find a different strategy. Something you might like more is CIO with checks that is where you wait 5 minutes then 10 then 10 then 15 to go in (or closer intervals if you like) you "reset" the timer every time the baby stops crying and wait until you have 5 minutes or 10 minutes or whatever interval you pick of hard crying then you go in pick the baby up soothe the baby and put the baby back down (awake! if you put the baby down asleep it isn't learning how to go to sleep on its own or how to soothe itself). This method will probably take longer until you see really good results but it maybe isn't as hard for you as just letting the baby cry until it soothes itself and falls asleep.
Just remember that while you may eventually have to sleep train you really don't have to do it now. You can do it in a month or 3 or 6 and you aren't doomed to a 4 year old who still wakes up in the night.
I have heard that it gets harder and harder as they get older and more stubborn but there is nothing wrong with waiting and you shouldn't do anything you don't feel comfortable with.
OH DANGIT! I just had a huuuuuge post and it's GONE. Bah. Ack. Gah. Grr. :(
Baby is due to wake up from nap soon, so I can't redo it... let's see what I can remember... not much probably...
Cara - I'm glad Tenley is getting less fussy and that you're enjoying her happy times! She is so cute. I love your new siggy!
Ash - How is Teddy doing these days? Can't believe he's going to be 3 months old this month.
Sandy - I'm sorry you are struggling with David's sleep patterns. Eliza is a frequent night-waker, too. I hope you find something that helps him STTN.
AFM - SOMEHOW, the last month has slipped by and Eliza will be 7 months old next week. WHAT? I feel like we were just celebrating the 6-month mark. Wow. I mean, it's all gone by quickly, but the last month has FLOWN. We started swim "lessons" on Monday night and Eliza LOVED it. It's so much fun to go in the water with her! DH and I are going to switch off going in with her. Also, Eliza has been doing better in her car seat, having fallen asleep in it twice this week without much screaming! That's nothing short of a miracle in house (well, car, lol). Hoping this is the road to happier travels!!!
Sandy - I have used CIO a bit, but like pp'er suggested, doing it in small increments and gradually increasing the time. That being said, I don't think you are doomed to have a four year old that doesn't STTN! I would try to start in the next couple of months, but not necessarily right now. And 12 hours seems like a pretty high expectation to me at his age!
Mari - Fede is soooooo cute! What gorgeous eyes. I can't believe how big he's gotten.
Ella - Glad to hear that Eliza is liking her car seat better. That must have been miserable to have her scream every time you went somewhere. I can't believe she's 7 months!
AFM - My family went home today, it was fun while it lasted! And big news, T is sleeping in her swing right now and has been for like two hours! She hardly ever sleeps in the day time, but I found if I can get her in the swing with a blanket to prop the binky so it stays in she will sleep. Yahoo! She has slept through the night (7-8 hours at least) for the last two weeks or so, if she wiggles in the night I pop the binky in her mouth and she goes back. It's awesome! The downside of that is I'm feeling like the Dr. might tell us she isn't gaining enough weight, she's still pretty small. She has her 2 month check tomorrow so please send me some growing baby vibes! :)
I was thinking the same thing for 12 hours. I know about the breastmilk being digested quickly. Not sure why she said that as she has 3 kids and she said she did breastfeed. I would be happy with him sleeping from 8:30 or 9:00pm to 5:30 or 6:00am. I get up at 5:30 anyway.
I was reading and at 9 months they should be sleeping 12 hrs but by then they are also getting 3 meals a day so it makes sense. Well my husband said we need to start doing this. I guess it's harder for moms and she also mentioned the hormones associated with the breastmilk and you want to get your child when they are screaming and crying. I know he can put himself to sleep as he's done it before and he did it this afternoon with his nap. He was so tired today because of his shots. Poor thing... Anyway we put him in his crib and he cried about 15-20 min and it's all quiet now so maybe he's asleep.
Ella- I can't imagine David not liking his car seat. When he was really little he slept in his many nights as it was all he would sleep in. He's starting to outgrow his infant seat since he's already 28 inches long. I started searching today for new car seats. We're not going to get one yet but I bet we'll have to get one in a few months. In a way it's good as he's getting so heavy carrying that seat around. Most of the time anymore I just leave it in the car and take him out of it.
Mari- Cute pictures
Cara- Hopefully she'll be growing enough. I never had that issue. My son has been a big eater from day 1. I think boys eat more than girls naturally though. And now that we're on baby food he's a huge fan of that. My son also isn't a good napper and never really was except maybe the first month. So we've struggled with that too.