I only discovered your blog a few weeks ago and have been reading ever since. I appreciate your suggestions and advice and as a first time mom, I will try almost anything! Here is my current situation: I have a five month old and have followed Babywise since birth - not religiously - but have definitely stuck to the EASY schedule as outlined in Babywise and Baby Whisperer books. My daughter is still waking up at least once, but usually twice, to eat at night. I have tried CIO and it works about 50% of the time but never at night. She once cried for almost two hours and at that time I said I wouldn't do it again. She is still learning to self-soothe. She is eating solids well - cereal and baby foods but will only take up to 5 oz in a bottle at a time. She naps ok during the day - but we have always dealt with the 45 minute intruder in which I let her CIO but sometimes intervene with a bottle as suggested in the book. I am currently on a 3.5-4 hour schedule but am wondering whether I should go back to a three hour schedule until she starts sleeping through the night? We have a strict bedtime routine and she goes down at night with no problems. Any suggestions? I am at my wit's end.Stephanie
Just to let you know Stephanie..you are not alone. My son wakes up 45 minutes into EVERY nap since he was born and he's now 5.5 months old. I've tried CIO, feeding, soothing etc. But unfortunately the only thing that works is my hand on his back shhhhing him and a pacifier. Every single day I have to do this for every single nap. He recently has been waking up 6-8 times a night...never hungry...just waking up crying. I'm very ready for him to grow out of this...
Stephanie, I would go back to 3 hours until she is STTN. I ama not sure what bottle method you are talking about in the book...Once she learns to self-soothe, things should get better. She most likely won't be able to make it through a transition (that happens at 45 minutes) until she knows how to soothe herself. Also at night, babies wake up in the night. If they don't know how to put themselves back to sleep, then they can't. So I would really focus on that.
Thank you! When I go back to a three hour routine, is it ok if she is only awake for an hour? She seems sleepy after only an hour to an hour and a half of wake time and if she transitions well, will sleep for up to two hours.The bottle method I was talking about is that the 45-min intruder is a feeding issue. I have tried feeding her, but that doesn't always work.Lately she seems to have been able to soothe herself back to sleep a little easier. I put a white noise machine in her room and I don't know if that is what has made the difference but she has napped and slept at night better since doing so.
Stephanie, yes, at that age Kaitlyn was still only having about 1 hour waketimes. I am glad she is improving in self soothing :)
my baby is 7mos old and her 2nd nap is terrible; i'm talking between 30-45mins and on a good day which is VERY RARE, no longer than 1hr 10mins. because of this, she still has to have a 3rd nap to get to bed time (7pm). i've tried everything from giving her more solids, to playing with wake times (shortening/extending etc) and nothing seems to work. she never wakes up crying so i don't know if she's undertired or overtired and goes down easily for all naps. do you have any suggestions??
Kathy,They only things I can suggest based on what I know are the things listed in these posts:5-8 Month Sleep Disruptions : http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2008/05/6-month-sleep-disruptions.htmlChronic 45 Minute Naps : http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2008/09/chronic-45-minute-naps.html45 Minute Intruder: http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2008/01/45-minute-intruder.htmlNaps: Troubleshooting: http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2007/12/naps-troubleshooting.htmlGood luck! And it is perfectly normal for a 7 month old to have a third nap still; most drop it around 8 months old. Some younger, some older.
Hello. I am a first time mom in need of some serious help. My daughter is five months old (22 weeks) I am trying to figure out her new "wake time" length. Since I have been reading in the book and on your blog that I can expect two 2 hour naps and a cat nap in the evening. For the past two weeks I have written everything done to see trends, and can't. I try to extend her wake time in small increments and she still is waking up early. So then, I try to cut back the wake time to just an hour and again.....she wakes up early! I am very much wanting to get on a four hour schedule bc she just started foods, but I can't seem to figure her out. Her wake time has been 1 hour 15 minutes, but again, I am trying to get her to go longer. What do I do? I have searched your blog for sample five month schedules but can't find them. I am familiar with the 45 min intruder as well. I also have read almost every comment you have on nap problems. BUT it doesn't say how to achieve extending the wake time. My second problem is that she has been sleeping through the night since 7 weeks. A true BW baby. Recently, during this crazy time, she has been waking up at 5:30 in the am. Her normal wake up time is 7am. I go in, pat her, replace the paci, and she falls back a sleep to her normal wake time. Is this just a phase? Do I let her CIO?
Paige, see this post for the four hour schedule:When to Move to a 4 hour Schedule: http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2007/12/when-to-move-to-4-hour-schedule.htmlSee this post for extending waketime:Waketime: Length, Extending, and Calculating: http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2008/02/waketime-length-extending-and.htmlandOptimal Waketime Lengths : http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2008/07/optimal-waketime-lengths.htmlFor the 5:30 waking, that is normal for many babies. How you respond is up to you, but just know that what you do can have long-term affects. So if she is happy, I would just leave her alone. See also this post:5-8 Month Sleep Disruptions : http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2008/05/6-month-sleep-disruptions.html
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