I thought it was just a phase that she was going through but it seems that Aaliya has honestly become a bad sleeper. She is 13 months old and wakes up sometimes about 4-5 times a night. The good thing is that she is only awake for maybe 3-4 minutes at a time… all she wants is milk and then she is back down quickly.
Anyone have thoughts on how to help me?
Here is what we have been doing recently…
At about 7.30 I give her some baby chamomile and rooibos tea(not always)
Around 7.45-8ish We go to the room where the lights are off(except for a side light) and I give her a short quick massage.. (usually only her legs since thats where she enjoys the massage the most).
I put her pj’s on and then breastfeed her to sleep. She generally goes to sleep around 8.30.
I lay her in her bed and she usually sleeps till around 11-12 before her first wake up. After her first wake up(or second wake up depending on when I go sleep) I keep her in my bed… since I am way too tired to get up and put her back in her crib.. we co sleep the rest of the night.
She is then up every 2 hours for a quick 3 minute feed.
I have tried putting her back in her cot after her first(or second) wake up but she still wakes up after 2 hours….
I’m not really sure what to do but I am becoming so tired in the day that I am exhausted by 9 pm which is usually my time with my husband. We relax and watch all our tv shows together, talk about our day, etc.
Deen and Aaliya both currently sleep in my bedroom. Deen sleeps in his car bed which is next to our bed and Aaliya sleeps both in our bed and her cot.
About a month ago Aaliya slept through the whole night without even waking up once… 12 hours! I was so surprised and thought something was wrong with her… (but thanks to my angel care monitor I could see the light flashing that she was indeed breathing)
Deen was a horrible sleeper like this until I stopped breastfeeding at around 21 months(I was 11 weeks pregnant with Aaliya at the time). After 2 days he started sleeping right through the night and has become an amazing sleeper(once we get him down.. that is..)
I have been very patient with her sleep until now as I know how quickly they grow and I believe in night time parenting when the child needs it… I love the extra cuddles… and all of our special moments together…. but knowing that she CAN sleep through the night shows me that she is doing this more out of habit instead of necessity for those feeds. I don’t mind one or two feeds at night if that is what she needs…. but four?
I’d love your thoughts? 🙂