Thursday, July 30, 2009

Sleep training

I am getting to my wits end with Loïc regression in sleeping through the night since our trip to Singapore. He went from waking up once a night to sometimes THREE times a night. I was certainly not happy about it and the lack of sleep made me a very grouchy mummy. So, last Tuesday night, I gave up and decided that it's time to help Loïc learn the skill of sleeping well. I started sleep training. The first night, he cried for two 20 minutes blocks before falling asleep (I went to soothe him after the first 20 minutes). The second night it was 20 minutes and then 10 minutes before he fell asleep. However, during these two nights, he continued to wake up twice a night and that was not working too well.

We decided that he should be weaned from the night feeds too to help him sleep through the night. Etienne also felt it will be good to have him in another room so on Friday night, we moved him out to the living room and while he did fall asleep while nursing and thus did not need to cry to fall asleep, he did wake up once every hour from 1am onwards. It was Etienne who carried him back to sleep throughout the night and I eventually took him for a feed at about 6am.

Since that night, we have been putting him to bed in the room before transferring him to the living room when we are ready to go to bed and letting him soothe himself when he wakes up in the middle of the night. For the last two nights, he continued to wake up once at about 1am before crying himself back to sleep in about 5-10 minutes. Last night he got up again at about 5am before eventually falling back to sleep in about 5-10 minutes again with a little less crying. He got up again at 7am and this time, we took him into the room to be nursed before he fell back to sleep and woke up at 9:30am for the day. So, he basically slept from 9:30pm to 9:30am with one waking at 7am for a breastfeed. We hope to keep this up.

And this weekend we're off to Normandy for a little weekend break.

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