3.08.2007

SLEEP

Lack of sleep will make you do crazy things. For example, I think I agreed to assist with our ward's Girls Camp this year mostly because I view it as an opportunity to sleep all night. Luke is almost 9 months old and he still doesn't sleep through the night. I have been reprimanded by my pediatrician, the girl who does my hair, and various relatives for not letting him cry it out. It's to the point that I feel guilty now when I nurse him back to sleep during the night because so many people have told me it is wrong, I'm spoiling my baby, he's developing bad habits, blah blah blah. But I actually get more sleep by going to him then by doing these crazy cry methods. I'm tired of feeling this way. This morning I checked out from the library "The No-Cry Sleep Solution" by Elizabeth Pantley. I'm really excited to try it. She still recommends going to your baby at night, but somehow, and I haven't gotten that far in the book yet, kids should begin sleeping more on their own. I'll keep you posted.

On a side note, when I finally did get Luke down for a nap today, I tried to take one and never fell asleep because I couldn't get "Pop Goes My Heart!" out of my head. (Thanks, Jamie.)

7 comments:

  1. All I can say is I was right there with you...well, when Carson was 4 mos I let him cry himself to sleep, but only to get to sleep. He was still waking up many times in the night and I would either rock him or feed him to sleep until January, when I found my miracle worker - FENUGREEK herbal supplement from GNC. Did I tell you about that? I had an inkling that my milk supply was having issues (picture Michael going "TMI") so I thought I'd try it. Like magic, the first night I started taking it he slept through the night. He still will wake up sometimes early in the night, like maybe an hour after I put him down, but usually I don't even have to go in to him. But most of the time he will sleep 8-9 hrs straight, then wake up between 4:30 - 6:30 am sometime, nurse, and go right back down until 8 am or so. So what I'm saying is that I didn't change a single thing except taking 2 Fenugreek pills twice a day. Maybe it's worth a try? :) Good luck with the book. I've heard of it before. I also really liked Jodi Mindell's book, Sleeping Through The Night, which helps you let your baby fall asleep on his own, but allows you to go to him during the night and do whatever you normally do. As they learn to fall asleep on their own, they then supposedly fairly quickly learn to just go back to sleep on their own, as long as their environment is the same as when they went to sleep. Anyways, I liked the book. I tried it, though, and although it worked great for teaching him to go to sleep quickly on his own, he was still waking in the night and with our apt. living, I couldn't let him cry during the night. So that all didn't stop until I started Fenugreek. One other thing: Earplugs. I seriously started using them and they've helped a lot for those nights when he wakes up and won't go back down in the night and I don't want to feed him cause it's not morning yet. Just another thought among a million others you've heard, I'm sure. Good luck and I'm sorry. Life gets so so so so much better when they start to sleep. I used to dread night time cause I knew it would suck. So yeah, good luck with it all! Sorry for the short novel...

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  2. Macie used to wake up (until this week) once in the night to nurse. I always let her because I never produced much milk and I want her to eat if she needs to. Occasionally she would wake up another time or 2, but I think they were just nightmares because I would give her a pacifier and hug her and she would go right back down. She never wanted to eat more than the one time a night and it was always around the same time. However, now that I'm getting ready to wean her I wanted to figure out how to get her past that last feeding in the night if possible. I checked out The Baby Wisperer, if you've heard of that sleep method. I liked it because there's no crying involved. I tried it and it is starting to work because this week Macie hasn't been getting up for that last feeding. I've also been giving her a snack before bedtime so her tummy has something in it. All in all, she's been good and I have no complaints. I was fine doing the one-time feeding at night because it was just part of her schedule. She runs like clockwork on a schedule, its great. Anyway, I'm trying to adjust it so I can start weaning and things look good. I like the method.

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  3. Thanks everyone for the great advice. It makes me feel better to know that other people still do nurse their children in the middle of the night.

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  4. Okay, totally not stocking you, I linked over from LeMira's page ;-)
    I love the "No Cry Sleep Solution", and "Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Kids" both great books. My youngest Michael is 16 months and I still nurse him to sleep, at bedtime. You are not spoiling your child just loving him a little extra ;-)

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  5. Oh BTW he is a doll :-)

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  6. Hey, I found your link from a friends blog and I thought I'd check it out. It's a good blog and I've enjoyed glancing through it. I just wanted to comment on this one post though because I think too much pressure is put on parents to try to make there children sleep through the night. I have two kids, a 4 year old and a 10 month old. My 4 year old starting sleeping through the night when she was almost 1 and up until then I was up in the night with her when she woke up and usually nursed her at least once. As she got older, she just seemed to grow out of needing to wake up. My baby is still waking up once or twice at night and eating. I find that it's so much easier to just nurse him and be back in bed in 15 minutes then to listen to him cry for an hour. I think that letting them know you're there in the night fosters trusting relationships and security in being in bed. Letting them 'cry it out' can have a negative effect, especially when they're crying because of a need (i.e. hunger, scared, lonely), and can lead to a fear of bedtime and attachment problems as they grow older. You're doing what is right by getting up with your son. And, don't worry he'll grow out of it before you know it. Good luck.

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