Ladies - I mentioned in my January Checkin we are doing CIO starting this week, but I have a few questions, because as I am reading these books (Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child and Happiest Baby on the block) I am wondering what to do with our situation.
I don't have a problem getting her to sleep anymore (Thats what we had when she was 1 to 2 months old) now my problem is getting her to stay asleep for longer than 1 or 2 hours at a time.
Sunday night this was our schedule: Fed Her, Changed her, rocked her (read her a story) put her down around 9:00 (it was later because our IL's were over and her schedule got thrown off,which might be why the night was so awful). She slept for about 1 hour 15 minutes. I went into her room put her pacifier back into her mouth and put my hand on her chest and shushed her back to sleep. She then slept until 1. I fed her changed her and got her back to sleep within a 1/2 hour. She slept until 2:15. I tried to soothe her back to sleep but she wanted to eat again, so I fed her and put her down again. She was then up at 3:30, but not hungry just up. DH picked her up and rocked her and got her down and put her into her swing and she slept until 7.
Last night I tried this new thing where I took a sheet and rolled it up in a long tube and put it in a U shape and put it under the crib sheet - like a sleep positioner. It seemed to work. We had our bed time routine with a bath thrown in there. She fed at 5:30 and I gave her a bath at 6:30 and she was out by 7 which is really early for her - but it might have been because she didn't sleep well the night before. I put her down and she slept there with 2 little squeaks until midnight. I fed her and got her back down in 25 minutes. She slept until 3 and then was hungry again, so repeated our routine, again I had her down in 20 to 25 minutes. She then slept until 5:30 where I got her up and we started our day.
My question is where in the above scenario (if at all) would I do CIO? I know on the Sunday scenario it would have probably been at the 2:15 time or the 3:30 time but then how do I know that she doesn't have a wet diaper without waking her up? if she cries longer than 5 or 10 minutes then do I check her?
With the other scenario that we had last night, would I even do CIO? she seems like she would be hungry at those times so I don't know if it would make sense. or would I do it at the 3:00 and see if she put herself back to sleep and if she doesn't then go in and feed her? and same with it at 5:30.
I know she came make it the entire night without a feeding. When she is in her swing she can sleep from 7:30 or 8 to 5am. and she did that twice last week, so this is where my confusion comes from. It's so hard to know if it's because she is teething or going through a growth spurt or what. a friend suggested getting Humphreys Teething strips to give her at night, but I don't know anything about them and if I should or not...I know I am probably over thinking this and I really want you to know that it's not like I mind getting up in the middle of the night because I don't. I am okay with one or two times a night, but it's the every hour that wears me down.