There is a new situation happening in our home. My sleeping through the night baby (8:00pm - 5:30am) now wakes up at about 1:00am...for the past 2 weeks.
Yes, I'm a bit more tired but this is not the end of the world (especially since I'm not working...hello afternoon snooze). I breastfeed her (10 minutes), put her back in her crib that is still in our bedroom (or sometimes she stays in our bed) and she falls asleep by herself, without fussing, in less than 10 minutes. End of the story...no big deal.
Monday was Alice's 6 months checkup and our doctor asked us about her sleep schedule. I was all happy to report that she has a great routine: naps between 10:00am-11:00am and 3:30pm-4:30pm, goes to bed at 8:00pm, sleeps until 5:30am to drink and falls asleep again until 8:00am...with a tiny nightwake at 1:00am.
This is when we received the talk about baby manipulation, not feeding her at night, giving her a transitional object (ex: baby bottle with water?!?)...blah blah blah! Well, I'm sorry that I, new mother with pretty much zero experience with babies, don't agree with that! However, her speech made me doubt my mom instinct so I started to read on the subject. This is when I found an interesting article from Dr. William Sears web page.
According to the article: "Decades ago, every parent just took it for granted that babies wake up at night. It was expected, and therefore, accepted. Sometime in the 70's someone got it in their head that babies SHOULD sleep through the night...Today, parents are led to believe that if their baby doesn't sleep through the night, something must be done about it."
The author, a pediatrician who support attachment parenting, claims that it is a norm for babies of Alice's age to wake up at night and as parents we signed up for this. Strangely enough, this doesn't shock me at all!
Again, I'm a stay at home mom so my situation is not the same as a 9-5 working one. Also, there is a difference between a 30 minutes nightwake and a "omg, the baby wakes up every hour screaming her little lungs out and I feel like putting her in a garbage container" situation.
The web page offers a great list of ways to get your baby to sleep and stays asleep. The first tip: Develop a realistic attitude about nighttime parenting.
I like that! I will let you know how things went in a near future.
Hand Screen Printed Fox in Burnt Orange from Robin and Mould
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nadyne k: I should totally call you for an appointment
daniela: Dan said : Oh, thank you!
the franglaise: Totally. I can be a total bitch sometimes! Like you said, I couldn't have done it without my man by my side.
anna of (green gable): And you should see her winter oufit...-40C!
jen: Her little fox hat is awesome. So sad that it is getting too small.
giselle: Thank you so much.
tallulah maggs: Cool, maybe?!? I do, however, get a lot of wtf looks when I wear it.
anneemall: Thank you...those comments are good for my self-esteem :)