Post # 1
My baby is sleeping pretty well for long stretches with an easy set bedtime/nap routine. I’m uncertain on what to do with mornings when she wakes up around 4:00AM (after sleeping at 6:30pm and a quick feed at 10:30PM).
Today at 4:30AM I actually fed, changed her, played with her and put her back down around 6:30AM. I think I should have just swaddled and put her back to sleep right away but I thought she would just keep wiggling. Do/did you have a set waketime for your baby? How would you deal with this, as in, how much would you do before putting your baby back down.
I don’t mind waking up for the day around 6 or 7AM but not 4 or 4:30. She usually wakes up at 5:45AM but may be changing on me since she didn’t wake up for her middle of the night feed.
Post # 3
@808bride: Get up and wake her up earlier for a few days. I know this sounds crazy, but we got up changed and fed my husbands son, before he started crying for these things and eventually he started sleeping longer. We just kept pushing the time we woke him up farther back once every other week or so. He’s still on the same sleep schedule at 3 and a half. He wakes up at 7:45 or so every day.
Post # 4
I had a rule that as long as Addie had gotten at least 10 hours of sleep, she could get up. So if she went to bed at 6, and got up twice that night totaling 1 hour of awake time, she could get up for the day at 5. Now, she’s a lot more consistent, so she gets up around the same time every day, but when she was very little, I just tried to make sure she was getting a minimum amount of sleep at night before I would get her up for the day.
Post # 5
@Mrs. Spring: That’s a good rule of thumb! Thanks, it makes a lot of sense.
She pulled the 4AM again the other day so I brought her to bed and made her sleep with me until wakeup time. That’s not going to work in the long run though.
@mwitter80: So go in a little earlier than 4am when she is waking up and feed her or earlier wake up for the day? Yikes…I don’t think I want to wake her up in the early hours since it’s so much harder to put her back down with 9 hours under her belt. I may change my mind if this keeps up.
I think I will just soothe her to sleep with my pinky (she doesn’t take the pacifier) in crib or in my bed and transfer her if it happens tonight. We’ll see…..or maybe feed her if that doesn’t work.
**Her nap was really messed up yesterday thanks to Darling Husband caving while I was shopping and letting her stay up for hours and hours. No more outings during supposed naptimes until Daddy proves himself again.
Post # 6
I heard a few sounds from 3AM but when I went in to soothe her, she was ‘sleeping’. At 4:30AM, here’s the wail to come get her. I changed/fed her and tried to get her back down in my bed, then the crib but no dice. So I’m up on the computer, listening to Itunes while she is farting, hiccupping, sneezing and ‘talking’ happily to her mobile in her crib. Ah well, I guess there’s a lot of worse ways to start the day. And I should be happy she only got up once at midnight. I definitely should go to sleep earlier.
And it’s been 10 hours total sleeptime (for her) since bedtime, Mrs. Spring. It’s really hard to calculate that when I’m tired.
Post # 7
Lol, I think we’ve all been there, and can definitely commiserate with the lack of sleep. 🙂 Definitely try to go to bed a little earlier; it sounds like you have an early riser.