It has been a full month since we first started “sleep training.” In my first update we were two weeks in, and while things had improved, they were still pretty inconsistent and messy. I am happy to report that things are SO much better now.
Here’s a snapshot of last night, which was a pretty typical night for us these days: After our bedtime routine (bath, baby massage, PJs, nurse, put down in dark room with sound machine running), baby gets put down at 7:45 p.m. He doesn’t cry and falls right asleep. He sleeps soundly until 5:30 a.m. I change his diaper, feed him, and put him back down at 5:55. He whined for a few seconds and then fell back asleep until 7:35. YES!
- He goes down every night between 7:15 and 8:00 and falls right asleep. If he cries (very rare now) it’s for less than a minute.
- He hardly ever wakes up in the middle of the night anymore. The only time he was up and crying a few times during the night was the week that both of his two bottom teeth broke through.
- If he does wake up during a light sleep cycle or something, he will roll around, maybe whine softly, and then falls back asleep (except when he was teething- then he screamed and was inconsolable)
- He is not as sensitive to wet/dirty diapers. He won’t wake up and cry if he pees or poops and is fine until I change him in the morning.
- Most nights he does wake up between 4:00-5:30 a.m. and I feed him and put him back down. I really don’t mind doing this because he has been going back down much easier than before. Most of the time he will go back to sleep for another hour or two, waking up for the day between 6:15 and 7:30. There are some nights he sleeps straight through, so I think he will phase this feeding out soon.
- He is handling traveling better. He slept in a crib at my dad’s house and in my sister’s bed at her house and did fine sleeping through the night.
- He is waking up HAPPY! It’s the best!
- Naps. They aren’t really bad or good, they’re just not consistent. We are becoming more aware of his signals that it’s time for a nap, and paying attention to how much wake time he has had since his last one. He takes 2-3 naps a day but the times vary, and sometimes they are 30 minutes long, other times they are 2 hours long. We’re working on it, but it’s definitely our weakest area right now. Right now we are also getting him used to napping in his crib, rather than the swing, the lounger, or on one of us. I am going to focus on all of this more once I’m home with him this summer and have more control over his daytime sleeping.
- Teething. Oh my god. That is all. It threw everything off. But luckily once the teeth broke through he was back to his normal sleeping habits. I’m scared for the rest of them!
I can’t really say that we did anything different since my last update. We just stayed consistent with everything we were doing and I think it just finally “clicked” for him. I am really happy with the way we approached sleep training. We wanted a gentler approach and while it did take longer than total extinction CIO methods, we were patient and it all paid off (so far). Let’s hope the rest of his teeth don’t mess this beautiful sleep up!