|Photo taken April 3, 2012. Two and a half months old.|
In some ways, I loved those precious moments with my daughter, but in other ways, I just wanted her to learn to sleep on her own. And then finally, she did.
For a long time, Ella would get very fussy and tired during the day, screaming without end, and going almost full days without napping. And then we got on a daytime schedule - eat, play, nap, eat, play, nap. It works well, she naps longer, and she isn't crying as much (because we can tell when she is tired).
That being said, we still haven't mastered the night sleeping. Ella is just a little over 3 months old and still sleeps in bed with us (I know, I know - we said we would never do it, but it just worked best for us). Her naps during the day are in her own bed. We swaddle her during naptime and bedtime because she flails around and wakes herself up if she isn't swaddled. Our bedtime routine goes something like this and starts somewhere between 9:00 and 10:00pm:
7. Put down, lights out.
Dave and I go to bed usually about half an hour to an hour after she does.
She usually wakes up about 2 times in the night to eat. She eats laying down, and I just wait for her to fall asleep until I go back to sleep. She usually wakes up for the day around 8:00am.
I have read that babies at 3 months should be able to sleep though the night, and I would like for her to be able to do that. I would also like for her to sleep in her crib at night.
We have established a bedtime routine, and we have a daily nap schedule - the only thing keeping her up at night is her eating. I need some ideas on how to proceed though. Should I wait a little longer until she is slightly older to try to coax her into sleeping through the night? Has anyone tried any methods for getting their younger (3-6 months) babies to sleep that long? I have looked at the Ferber method and at SleepSense, but don't want to buy something and commit unless I know it works.
We are also okay with moving her to her crib to sleep at night, but I don't want to have to be walking to her room to feed her twice a night for the next two months or so if she isn't really old enough to sleep through the night yet. We are prepared for some bad nights, if we can feel confident we will see some results in a couple of weeks.
So if you have any advice or can share what worked with your child, it would be greatly appreciated!