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Offline leesa001

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6mo frequent night waking
« on: April 21, 2017, 00:26:49 am »
I wasn't sure I should should start a new thread or keep with this one since it's been so long.   
Baby is now 6.5 months.
When he was in his bassinet he was able to put himself to his sleep on his own.  Since transitioning to a crIbig,  he needs my help again to fall asleep.  It is getting better day by day.    Usually I will just walk around his room repeating "close your eyes, and go to sleep" and he will fall asleep without any touching from me,  other days he still wants my help.   Naps are good.  He will usually have 2 1.5hr naps and most recently has been fighting his catnap.  Which makes for a very long awake time at the end of the night and an extremely cranky baby.

His nights are still  terrible.  Still waking every 2 hrs.   Sometimes less. I'm not sure what else I can do to get this child to sleep longer stretches. 
Sometimes I feel as though he just wants my presence to fall asleep again. 

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Re: 6mo frequent night waking
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2017, 16:31:15 pm »
Hi leesa001,

My DD2 had the same issue around 5/6 months of age. What stood out from your post was that he's "fighting his catnap". Maybe he's trying to transition from 3 naps to 2 (e.g., dropping the catnap). What are his Activity times?

Here are some resources that really helped my DD2 transition to 2 naps per day (and giving us back long stretches at night! :)

All about the 3-2 transition- 5/6 months

Average A times- BOOKMARK ME!

Hope this helps!
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DD1 Angel Baby born Dec 16, 2014
DD2 Angel/Textbook Baby born Aug 27, 2016

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Re: 6mo frequent night waking
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2017, 04:17:09 am »
He's been frequently waking since birth

I do feel he wants to drop the nap but isn't quite ready yet. 
How do you work the feeds in?
I breast feed first and then give solids, but if baby is up for 3 hours you can't be on a 4 hour easy?

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Re: 6mo frequent night waking
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2017, 15:54:22 pm »
With DD2, I did the following for each cycle:

BF after WU
Solids approx 1:00-1:15 after BF
A times were around 2:15-2:30ish. I followed her sleepy cues; she was pushing the A times out herself. Also, I noticed her sleepy cues were changing up a bit!  :o
With the above general routine, I was still BF'ing her 4-5x per day.

With the longer A times, her naps were naturally extended to 1.5-2 hours. I would not let her nap longer than 2 hours. If her naps were 2 hours long, she was on a 4.5 hour EASY. And she was happy with that. I also started capping her catnaps too (they got shorter and shorter) until it was dropped completely.
DD1 Angel Baby born Dec 16, 2014
DD2 Angel/Textbook Baby born Aug 27, 2016

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Re: 6mo frequent night waking
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2017, 15:57:39 pm »
Forgot to mention:

While capping the catnap, I had to do a lot of APOP to get her to nap so that she wouldn't be OT before BT.
DD1 Angel Baby born Dec 16, 2014
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Re: 6mo frequent night waking
« Reply #5 on: Yesterday at 10:06:12 »
So far I've increased A time especially to 2.5-3hrs.  Naps remain ok
He has stretched his sleep now to 2.5-3 HR stretches.    But I want him to sleep 4-5 AT LEAST.  Any recommendations on how to approach this?

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Re: 6mo frequent night waking
« Reply #6 on: Yesterday at 15:57:18 »
Can you post his EASY schedule for the past few days? Maybe there's something there we can tweak a bit?

Looking back, I'm noticing that DD2 started giving me 7-10 hour night stretches once the CN was dropped. This coincided with her taking in more solids during her meals. I'm guessing the solids were helping her stay up longer during activity time, which helped drop her CN gradually. Is he still taking a CN?

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DD1 Angel Baby born Dec 16, 2014
DD2 Angel/Textbook Baby born Aug 27, 2016