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What’s The Most Important Thing To Teach Your Child?

Sleep!  Or better yet, how to sleep.  Specifically, how to fall asleep on their own.  Yanno, without "negative sleep associations" like: nursing to sleep, being rocked to sleep etc….

Hmmmmmm… I seemed to have missed out on that part of the owner’s manual….

Baby Brookie has absolutely no problem falling asleep by nursing or rocking.  Her problem lies in how long she stays asleep – she generally will sleep for 40 min then wake up whether it be at nap time or at bed time.  40 min after I put her to bed at afternoon nap and at bed time I would have to go up to her room, whip out the pacifier boob and nurse her back to sleep.  I haven’t minded it ’cause it only takes a few minutes for her to fall back to sleep and it was an opportunity to sneak some extra nutrition into her wee little body. 

But then all hell broke loose a few weeks ago and she decided she was just too freaking cool to sleep longer than 2 hour stretches, even opting to spend some nights waking up every 90 minutes.  In my infinite wisdom sheer exhaustion I would whip out the ta-tas for her each and every time she woke up. 

Daddy Rob has been home for just over a week and through his help I got some sleep and was able to finally step back and look at this rationally.   My conclusion?  Brooke doesn’t know how to put herself to sleep, or back to sleep once she stirs in her sleep.  She wakes up and the boob is no longer there so she freaks out.  Once I figured that out I realized that sleep training must commence – otherwise mommy is going to go freaking insane from sleep deprivation.

Night 1 – Tuesday Night
Regular bedtime routine: Bath, say goodnight to Sierra & Daddy, nurse in rocker
But here’s where things got different:
I let her nurse to sleep, then gently woke her up to rock her back to sleep. 
Brooke woke up every 2 hours, I rocked her to sleep one wake up, then the next I would nurse her.  This gave her 1/2 as many nursing sessions through the night.

Night 2 – Wednesday Night
Regular bedtime routine: Bath, say goodnight to Sierra & Daddy, nurse in rocker
I screwed up got lazy and didn’t wake her up after nursing her to sleep. 
Miraculously she woke up only 2 times – every 4 hours (12 am, 4 am).

Night 3 – Thursday Night
Regular bedtime routine: Bath, say goodnight to Sierra & Daddy, nurse in rocker
I let her nurse to sleep, then gently woke her up to rock her back to sleep. 
Brooke woke up every 2 hours, I rocked her to sleep one wake up, then the next I would nurse her.  This gave her 1/2 as many nursing sessions through the night.  (Same result as Tuesday Night, therefore this method is NOT working),

Night 4 – Friday Night
Regular bedtime routine: Bath, say goodnight to Sierra & Daddy, nurse in rocker
I let her nurse to sleep, then gently woke her up and placed her in her bed AWAKE.  Yep, awake, sleepy, but not yet sleeping.   She rolled onto her side and fell asleep (I hid and watched her fall asleep).
Miraculously she woke up only 2 times – every 4 hours (12 am, 4 am) at which time I nursed her, then let her fall back asleep on her own in her bed.

Night 5 – Saturday Night
EXACTLY the same routine and results as Friday night.
She also took a longer than usual, 2 hour straight afternoon nap, with no mid-nap feed.

Night 6 – Sunday Night (Tonight)
She fell asleep on her own after nursing, only tonight I will wake her up and give her a "dream feed" at 10 pm when I go to bed. According to the sleep books this will help to break her every 4 hours "habit".  We’ll see….

   So there ya have it folks – a no cry sleep solution.  I could totally careless if she slept through the whole night without waking up.  I find it acceptable for her to wake up 1 to 2 times a night until she’s a year old.  After that?  I dunno – maybe 1 time a night until she’s like 15 months old?  Then after that?  Hopefully through the night.  I have no high hopes ’cause Sierra has some sleep issues of her own – that’s a whole ‘nother post! 

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