Sleep Schedule Plan of Attack
New Stay at Home Mom
First things first… I’ve started this blog as a chronicle of my new position in life as a stay-at-home-mom. I find it helps to write out my thoughts from the day in order to process them more easily and go to sleep faster at night. Otherwise I either fall into bed exhausted so I don’t have the luxury of thinking, or I can’t stop thinking about everything and waste precious opportunities to sleep. If I’m sleep deprived (which is more often than not) It’s the former scenario. The rare times I’ve had a decent amount of sleep, insomnia plagues me and my brain won’t shut off. Thus I’ve decided to blog (yay mommy blogs!).
My little boy (about 4.5 months old) has recently (for a few weeks anyways) decided that he no longer wants to sleep through the night and was waking up later and later each morning to make up for going to sleep later and later each night. He had gotten to the point of falling asleep around 6 or 7am and would sleep all day if I let him. This was clearly backwards. I did more research (of which I do an abundance of) and asked around for opinions about what to do.
I was aware of the many possible causes of his sudden change in sleep and am now aware that this is the 4 month sleep regression everyone always talks about with dread. He’s likely learning new skills (developmental cause), teething (already has 2 teeth), lack of sunlight messing up circadian rhythms, bedtime too early (I had tried a 7pm bedtime around the time this started), growth spurt (need more night feedings), among others. I’m assuming most all of the above is affecting him.
My plan of attack included the following:
1. More sunlight/outside time
2. Lots of opportunities for practicing new skills
3. A single nap not to exceed 3hrs
4. All napping time not to exceed 4hrs in a day
5. Change bedtime to 9pm
6. Gradually adjust wake up time
So I’ve been working on this plan for almost a week. The last few days I keep sleeping through the adjust wake up times I wanted to do, so I’m behind in that. Tomorrow morning the adjusted time is 9am for his wake up (unless he sleeps through the night, then this will obviously change!). Otherwise I’ve been successful with the first 4 things on the list. Bedtime has varied between 8-9pm, but I’m working on staying closer to 8:45/9pm. There have been some improvements I think, as last night he slept from 8:45pm – 1:15am (two night feedings at 9:45pm and 12:45am) and 3am – 9:30am! He used to only have one night feeding and could sleep a total of 10hrs (6+4, 5+5, or 4+6). That’s the goal to get back to.
Tonight he went to sleep at about 9pm and has continued to stay asleep now for about 1.5hrs. I hope I have good news to share tomorrow! I’ve been “napping” in the early evening to help manage his night wakings. The longest one has been 3.25hrs… I hope the fact last night was only 1.75hrs is a sign we’re headed in the right direction!