Well, the tables have turned … and my little angel is now keeping us up at 3 night in a row – all night. He will wake up at about 10 or so and will not go back to sleep until 4 sometimes 5, this a.m., he’s still awake after waking up at 11 p.m. The night before he was up at 7 until 4:40 a.m.
So, his father and I have started mapping out our action plan as we will need to work vociferously to get him out of this dreaded cycle which will surely take its toll on the both of us if we don’t try to nip it in the bud. Don’t get me wrong. We’re not fooling ourselves. This is a baby and will not understand when we say stuff like, “ok son, it’s time to go to sleep. You’ve been up all day and nights are made for sleep therefore you should go to sleep”. We think that we can at least try to start training him and form a sleep pattern that will work for everyone.
As the one who is with him every day, I know that he sleep on average 4 hrs at a time. If he’s really tired (like he will be today) he’ll sleep for up to 8 hrs straight. However, once he wakes up during the day, he only stays awake for a maximum of 2 hrs, long enough to be fed, burped and changed. This will have to be curbed. So, plan for Operation Night Sleep:
1. wake him up after sleep for 4 hrs.
2. feed, burp and change him
3. stimulate him in an attempt to keep him awake as long as possible during the day time hoping that he’ll be tired in the evenings
4. Structure a ‘timetable’ of sorts to maximize sleep during the night hrs., i.e., waking him up at 8 p.m., getting him back to sleep by 11 or 12 so he’ll wake at 6 a.m.
This sounds really ambitious nuh true?? I think so and somewhere deep in the back of my usually very optimistic mind, there is a niggling that none of this will work. My online baby resource, www.babyzone.com said that babies don’t know how to put themselves to sleep and there’s nothing you can do to put a baby to sleep if they don’t want to go nor wake them up if they don’t wanna be awake. So, you see why I say Operation Night Sleep is ambitious.
I’ll let you know how it goes. Any tips from the mothers out there? Let’s hear them!!