Re: February Infants & Toddlers
posted at 2/7/2013 2:43 PM EST
I haven't had a chance to get caught up with February's posts, but would love your advice if you have a moment. Keep in mind I have not had a chance to look at any sleep books recently.
DS will be 6 months on Sunday. He is currently, and has been for the majority of the past few months, waking around 11pm, 2am, and 5am every night. We have been trying some sleep training for the 11pm wake-up, but so far I've fed him for the 2am and 5am wakes. My gut feeling is that he needs to eat at least one of those times, but definitely not all three. We have not been brave enough yet to try to sleep train the 5am wake; we plan to tackle that soon, but want to pick a night when we don't have to get up too early the next day.
My question is, have any of you been successful, or know whether or not it is possible to be successful, in training a baby out of a particular wake-up(s), but not necessarily the other(s)? When we do a bit of letting him cry and just going in at intervals to soothe but not pick him up, it usually works after maybe 20 minutes as long as he's not sick. But the problem is - we have to do it EVERY night. So it's really not helping at all! Just when we have fallen asleep, he wakes up. Then of course he wakes up every 3 hours after that. Are we wasting our time trying to sleep train him out of only ONE of those wake-ups? Should we even bother trying to train him out of the 5am one? Both of us get stressed out doing CIO, even though it does work (in the moment) because a) we don't like hearing him cry, and b) we're continually terrified he's going to wake up DD in the next room.
Again, I do still want to feed him for one of those times because he really eats a lot then, and I honestly think he's hungry. But is this shooting myself in the foot? Should I be trying to train him to wait until morning to eat?
Thoughts, experiences? Thanks.