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Discussion: Sleep regression?

in: Samantha; Samantha > 2018-05-20

May 22, 2018 11:02 PM # 
lady00shalott:
I don't know if they are bogus, but I have read about sleep regressions at four, eight, and 18 months. They tend to correspond to physical and or mental developmental growth. Inara definitely had weeks around eight months where she woke up and wanted to play/chat rather than sleep. Along with my lyme disease, that is how we decided to move her into her own room.
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May 23, 2018 6:48 AM # 
Samantha:
I can imagine! For the past two nights I've also stopped nursing her at night. Ross has a packet of oatmeal she can have if she's hungry. It actually seems to be working ok overall, so we'll see what the rest of the week brings!
May 23, 2018 12:51 PM # 
slauenstein:
Interesting, Lena stopped sleeping through the night at 8 months (she slept well early in life...) and it took until 2.5 years until her night were uninterrupted. I assumed it was because at around 8/9 months they develop the sense of "me" and understand the whole at a different perspective than before. I'm convinced we "missed the moment" to let her deal with falling back asleep on her own at this time because we were taken by surprise by it and I started giving her milk during the night (I wasn't nursing anymore) and it may be the reason why she learned to need someone during the night to fall back asleep after being able to do it as a baby.
May 23, 2018 4:21 PM # 
AliC:
Interesting...! I'm trying to wait out Sylvia's wimpers/cries a little longer at night, which last night only resulted in one nursing instead the usual 3 or so. Sounds like that's a helpful thing to do, if she can keep just getting herself back to sleep...
May 23, 2018 4:43 PM # 
cwalker:
Someone told me about this explanation of how at eight months they develop object permanence which leads to them freaking out when they wake up and something's different from how it was when they fell asleep. Seems like an interesting theory but I have no idea and the four month sleep regression totally beat us so I can't really talk. I also have not successfully taught my baby to fall asleep on his own.
May 23, 2018 8:04 PM # 
Samantha:
Interesting. Sofie just turned 8 months and she is currently sleeping better than she has since before 4 months. Since it's been pretty bad since then maybe this sleep change will make it better :) That's how it works, right?

Sofie can't fall asleep on her own (I should say, in her bed. She falls asleep in the stroller just fine these days, though the stroller motion is acting as the comfort there). She doesn't need to nurse to sleep fall asleep, but she needs someone to lie next to her, and then hold her hand as she drifts off. It's just about the cutest thing ever, so for the moment I'm not regretting it too much. During the night when she wakes she was inconsolable (screaming and thrashing for 20+ minutes) unless she nursed, so that's what we're trying to fix now. Small steps! Last night I nursed her at bedtime at 7:30pm and then again at 5:30am. She woke a few other times, but went back to sleep easily. She's no where near sleeping through the night, though!
May 23, 2018 8:24 PM # 
Cristina:
Someone will post the answers for everyone else to copy once they've figured it out, right?
May 23, 2018 8:25 PM # 
Samantha:
I'm sure hoping so!
May 25, 2018 3:30 PM # 
JennyJ:
Haha, Alex has only just started sleeping until the morning in his own bed and he's nearly six so don't expect any advice from me!! Good luck everyone x

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