So over Christmas, our wee lassie grew some teeth, slept in all sorts of different places, learnt to roll over and consequently got all mixed up in her sleeping.
So after a couple of nights of getting up to her every 1.5 - 2 hours, we said 'right, time to do something about this'. Now, A has never been a 'good' sleeper, we've especially struggled with nap time, but we've muddled our way through.
One thing that is really important to me is that I be a 'gentle mother'. People keep telling me that I just have to 'get tough' with her. Well, sorry, thats just not me.
So, we went for a wee shop at Fishpond and ordered The No Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley which I had heard good things about.
Oh my, loving it. Pantley doesn't agree with leaving the baby to Cry It Out (CIO) and suggests a whole pile of ways to encourage bubs to sleep better.
And only 7 days in to it, we're really seeing results.
- The last 2 or 3 days she has had 2 2-hour naps. Unheard of! Even when she was a wee bub.
- She has started going to bed earlier - she's now settling for the night by 8pm. Over Christmas this time was creeping up till 10 or even later sometimes.
- And her night-time sleeps are steadily getting longer each night. From 4 to 5 to 6 hours at a stretch. And last night... drum roll please... 9 hours without waking! Woop woop. Unfortunately though she was as bright as a button at 5 this morning and wouldn't go back to sleep. Oh well. Can't win em all :)
So yeah. Real progress and we've only just begun. And no crying! It's probably too early to say "I told you so" so I'll save it up.