Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sleep training - an ongoing journey

The last few weeks has been a rollercoaster of sleep patterns.  At first, Noah took to the new sleep routine really well.  For about 10 days, he was able to settle himself without hubby or I intervening.  It was wonderful to not get out of bed at night! 

And then the teething started again.  He would wake up shrieking like someone hurt him, so I would get up and give him Tempra and Oragel and his soother to calm him.  I'd only have to get up once, usually around 2am, and then he'd sleep till 7:30 or so.  This lasted nearly a week.  Unfortunately Noah took this to mean that when he'd scream, we'd come running.

So now we're back to a few wakeups a night, and him wanting his soother.  Last week we got lazy and gave it to him right away.  But then we noticed he was waking more frequently every night.  On Sunday I decided to let him cry, and he went on and off for 1.5 hours (from 2:30-4am) and it was exhausting!  But then he slept for the rest of the night and was fine in the morning.  I attempted to let him cry last night but hubby lost patience (the broken sleep is making it hard for him to focus at work) and asked me to give him the soother.  So I ended up getting up THREE times last night.

This will not happen again tonight.  If I have to sleep in the guest room so hubby gets a decent sleep for the next few nights, we WILL get him back on track.  I know he can do it.  The frustrating part is that he slept thru the night on Friday, and his routine was identical to every other day.

Sleep training isn't a one shot deal.  You have to stick to it and not go back on bad habits, because babies will happily let you come in and soothe them.  We've been through this once before, hopefully this time he'll get the point a little faster!

Wish us luck!

2 comments:

  1. you said it! Sleep training is an ongoing journey, we just weaned from the swaddle...it was a little rough! Keep it up you are doing great!!

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  2. Good for you! That's the right attitude about sleep training because it is really never set in stone as new life events happen as well as physical changes like their teeth coming through! Hope he gets back on track soon :)

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