After last night’s relative success, I was eager to see how tonight would go. I was pleasantly surprised at the relative ease at which my son fell asleep.
He was SUPER tired tonight which usually means a long battle (he had a short afternoon nap). We repeated our normal night time routine: bath, pajamas, story, nursing, lullaby, key phrase and then down in the crib. We started the night time routine at 6:30 and he was asleep before 7 (he didn’t want to stay in the bath – as I said, he was REALLY tired). He’s normally in bed by 8.
I put our son down and set the timer for 5 minutes. He was still crying after 5 minutes, so I said “Nighty-night” and left.
By the next 5 minutes (10 minutes) he was asleep!
Now, I have to admit, our son doesn’t stay asleep all night. He normally wakes up a lot. He almost always wakes up at 11:30, at which time I replace the pacifier and he normally fusses for a moment and then goes back to sleep.
The next time he wakes up, I’m so tired that I just bring him to bed and nurse him. I normally drift off to sleep before he’s even finished. Although some nights, he nurses for a few moments, rolls over and goes to sleep. He repeatedly wakes up after that. Our usual routine is that I nurse him when he cries so as not to wake up my husband since he has to go to work in the morning.
I really couldn’t count how many times this happens after I bring him to bed. One morning, I tried to recall the night wakings upon my waking up and I had remembered at least 5. I know that some nights, I bring him to bed around midnight, some nights its later. Some nights he hardly wakes, some nights he wakes all the time.
I decided to try adjusting the night waking at the same time as the sleep training. So I’m going to post updates after the sleep training updates.
Last night, he woke up around midnight. I replaced the paci and he went back to sleep.
The next time he woke up it was 3 am. I nursed him and then put him back in his crib.
Around 5:30 he woke up again. I brought him to bed to nurse and then we both fell asleep. He woke up for the day around 7:45 am.