My Baby is 5 Months Old!
Sleep Update : 5 Months Old
Guess who’s now 5 months old?! My little snuggle bug is! I can’t believe how fast it’s going… although thinking about the future it still seems to be going slow. I’m okay with this. I’ll be glad once he’s on a schedule and sleeping, so I can sleep.
He seemed to almost make it all night, but woke up at 4am ready to practice his rolling over skills again… thankfully he was back asleep by 5:15am. Since I’m trying to incrementally adjust his wake times, that meant up at 9am. Ugh.. that was exhausting. He made it back asleep quite easily for his morning nap at 10:30am but in keeping with the approx schedule of allotted nap times I didn’t want him to sleep for more than 1 1/2hr. I’m changing that… he gets 2hrs. Especially if he hadn’t slept well overnight. He proceeded to have a series of 35-40min naps once again for the rest of the day (4 naps total). I just put him down to bed and he was asleep at 8:45pm. We’ll see how the evening progresses. I’m hoping better than last night. He was up 3 times. Ideally I want him down to 1 time, but 2 times is acceptable if he will go right back to sleep both times. He has had no issue going right back to sleep after the first night feeding, but any times after that he wakes all the way up (either before or after feeding). From more reading and observation, I think the main culprit to his night wakings is brain development. He seems to be working really hard at this rolling over thing, and also some language skills (started using his m’s this week!). I think his body is making it hard for him to sleep and just wants to work on these skills. I’m trying to focus on those things during the day even more than before. I’m hoping all the floor time he had will aid in his sleeping better.
Baby Sleep Research
So many good articles! Unfortunately all babies are different, so I’ve been learning how to adapt their knowledge to work for my little guy. Once he gets past this stage of not sleeping (I’m hoping that’s soon!) I want to solidify a flexible schedule that works. Once that’s accomplished, it’s on to sleep training and moving him into his crib. He can almost fall asleep by himself in the rocker chair he sleeps in, but has only successfully slept in the crib when I put him down already asleep. This will be one of the big scary accomplishments I can’t wait to have done. I’m not sure the best way to do it, and the pediatrician said not to let him cry it out or any sleep training for that matter until after 6 months (along with pretty much every site I’ve looked at). Except she wants him in his crib by 6 months. So… not sure how that’s supposed to happen. I did find this other mom blog that successfully moved her child into the crib without the cry it out method. The swing method was our original thought, and we tried doing that when he was 3 months old. The cost of batteries kept us from continuing that, along with the fact he cried as soon as you set him down in the swing (we tried it for about a month I believe).
I have no desire to use cry it out right now, especially since everywhere I’ve read says to use it more as a last resort. I have a few theories I want to try out once he’s back to sleeping through the night. Until then, I will work on getting enough sleep to survive these nights.