I’m going to start with a little flattery here-
you guys have always been amazing in helping us get this whole parenting thing under control.
So, I’m reaching out once more. And this time it’s serious. Because I need my beauty sleep.
(Kerry and Peanut at Michael’s first birthday)
I’ll give you a little background first.
After the first couple of months, Peanut started sleeping through the night without any issues. Around 7pm we bathed her, fed her, swaddled her, stuck a paci in her mouth and called it a night. Usually within 10 minutes she was fast asleep and would stay that way until 5:30-7am. It didn’t happen every single night, but it happened most nights.
Then about a month or two ago, everything changed. Peanut discovered her hands and therefore how to unswaddle herself. We tried almost everything, but she continued to either climb out or to put the whole thing over her face, scaring me. And somehow we’ve found ourselves in this new schedule where Peanut does great during the day – taking 1-2 hour naps and smiling away. She is also great at going to bed. Around 6:30 pm we bath her, dress her in PJ’s, swaddle her, feed her and put her in bed. Within 5 minutes she is asleep.
That is until 11. She wakes up “yelling.” We give her the paci and she falls back asleep. Until 12:30am. And again at 1, 2, 2:30, 3. Around 3:30-4am she stops taking the paci and I end up feeding her. Then she will either wake up another one-two times or sleep until 5:30-6 am.
I don’t know how much more of this I can take!
So I need your advice. Please tell me what has worked for you.
I’ll give you background info you may need:
- Peanut usually eats at 3:30am, 6am, 9am, 12pm, 3:30pm, and 7pm
- She takes in about 4-6 oz per feeding at daycare and I’m guessing something similar in am and pm (breastfeeding is tough to measure)
- She usually takes a 1-2 hour nap at 8, 11, 2, and sometimes 4 or 6
What I would love to hear about:
- Do we have to take the paci away to avoid having to put it back in for her? If this is so – how the HECK do we do THAT??? And what if she starts sucking her thumb (which she sometimes does anyways but doesn’t substitute it for the paci
- On this note, she uses the paci mostly when she wants to go to sleep and almost never other than that
- She sleeps for long stretches without needing it, so maybe it’s not a necessity to take it away?
- Are we doing something wrong during the day to prevent her from sleeping at night?
- When did you start any kind of sleep training? What did you find successful? Any advice in this area?