Tuesday, November 16, 2010
I have read books, tried people's suggestions but seriously, Makenzie is not sleeping through the night and who knows when she will. Every baby is different. Bed time has always been pretty easy for us. She gets a bath, has a bottle and goes down mostly without a fuss. I don't typically rock her to sleep, she just goes in her bed awake and falls asleep sometimes with a little fussing. We've been doing this since she was about 3 months old and it works great for us. The problem is that she only sleeps for 3-5 hour chunks, and if I get 5 hours it's a miracle. When she wakes up I just feed her and put her back to sleep. Unless something is wrong, it's usually a pretty easy process, although it usually takes about 20 - 30 minutes for her to eat. This means I wake up at least once a night but usually twice. I have tried to give her the paci and have tried to let her cry for awhile thinking that she doesn't need to eat but she hasn't once calmed back down and gone to sleep.
It's not the getting her to sleep problem it's the keeping her asleep. Spearmint Baby just posted an article about sleep that is different than anything I've read. Really, it emphasizes the fact that what others may see as a sleep problem may not be a sleep problem to you. If you have ever had issues with getting your children to sleep, which most of us have, I encourage you to read the article, it's short and I found it encouraging. I am going to try to put Kenzie down earlier this week and see if that helps but who knows?
Click here to head on over to Spearmint Baby to read the article.