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Offline cdorchard

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waking to play then cry
« on: September 25, 2006, 17:58:47 pm »
My babe Ellie - 5 mos + 1 wk old, 20 lbs - fed on formula 8 oz x 4 + dream feed (no solids yet on health visitor's advice) - started 4 hr EASY 2.5 wks ago (7, 11, 3, 7 feeds, bedtime at 7:30). I have been following Tracy's advice to stick to a set schedule during the 'retraining' period.  Before we were mostly on a 4 hour daytime routine but I was breastfeeding to sleep and letting her sleep in the mornings (when she would) so schedule varied every day.  Before, I was also putting her to bed a bit late -- 8:30-9.  She was then usually waking around 2 or 3am and having a full bottle (no dream feed then).  Also s/times waking at 5 or 5:30 to play, but usually sleeping till 6 or 7.  She is a pretty easy baby for the most part and has taken to a set 'schedule' pretty well and is going to sleep s/times on her own, s/times w/sshhpat and occasionally with PU/PD.  Her daytime naps are generally good -- 1.25 - 2 hours x 2 + catnap in late afternoon.  She sleeps in her own cot in our room.

My questions:  1) Since starting EASY she has slept thru night (w/dream feed) from 7:30pm - 6:30 or 7am) three times, but not consecutively. I can't identify any real reasons why those nights worked and others haven't.  On other nights she wakes and coos and goos to herself for a bit (15-30 mins) then starts to cry -- I leave her until she cries then I go to her to help her back to sleep -- s/times w/ sshhhh, sometimes a bit of PU/PD.  This takes b/t 30-60 mins.  The timings of night wakings are erratic but I don't think due to hunger as she wakes up happy and goes back to sleep w/o a bottle.  Any ideas why she wakes and how to encourage to sleep through night consistently?

2) She sometimes would sleep longer than 45 minute for late afternoon catnap -- should I let her sleep as long as she wants, or will this mess up night time sleep?

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Re: waking to play then cry
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2006, 21:12:48 pm »
I wouldn't let her sleep longer at the catnap unless you think she is overtired.  I based it more on how much the boys slept over 24 hours KWIM?

Also it sounds like you are doing great with the NW.  Soon enough  she will be able to do it on her own. ;D