LOTS of progress! Each night I can see that the first half of Mabel’s night sleep – from bedtime (roughly 6:30pm) to about midnight/1am is becoming more consolidated. The second night she woke fewer times for maybe only a couple of minutes, and last night (Night 3) she only squawked a time or two and otherwise stayed asleep.
I noticed on Night 2 that she was still waking or staying awake for periods of time but not really upset… just kind of babbling and blowing bubbles. This meant I didn’t have to intervene at all but it kept me awake a lot of the night! I’d say I was more tired after Night 2’s shenanigans than I was after the first night. So for Night 3 I re-evaluated her sleep environment to see if there were any other changes that could further her progress. We have her close(ish) to a window along the same wall and a little bit of light comes through on the sides of the curtains, so we decided to have her face the other way so she at least wasn’t looking right at any light. There is also a green light from her sound machine that is pretty bright so we turned it around and moved it out of sight. These changes may not have made it completely pitch black in the room, but it did significantly reduce any light in her line of vision which can make a big difference.
So I encourage you all to take good look at your child’s sleep environment and ensure any bright/distracting lights are either covered or can’t be seen by your child when they are lying down. This can make a big difference in terms of how well they sleep.
Here's to another great night of sleep! (Hopefully ;)
I’m going to start this with a sentence I so often hear from many of the families I work with…
Last night went better than expected!
I honestly think having Mabel in a bigger sleeping space and just a little farther away from me (but still in the same room) helped immensely. She did wake a few times last night, but not as many times as she has previous nights and not for as long. We stayed consistent with our approach and she responded as well as can be expected. I was able to feed her twice and put her back down to sleep no problem. There was really only one wake up that was a bit more challenging and lasted longer than the others, but she (we) got through it and it felt like we all had some better sleep overall.
What worries me most about her wake ups is that her noises may wake up her older sisters. I know just about every parent who has more than one child feels the same, but keeping the other children from waking up should not come at the expense of the littlest one learning some very important sleep skills. If her older sisters do wake up (which they haven’t yet!) then we will explain what we’re doing and we know that if their sleep is interrupted it won’t be for long. Sleep training, when done properly and consistently, should not last very long.
Stay tuned for Night Two!
I would describe Mabel as a pretty good sleeper. She does amazingly for naps – she almost always wakes after a 30 minute sleep cycle but will put herself back to sleep for another hour or so. She’s done this since she was four months (** please note we worked hard to help her get here! My Instagram page during her first few months has the proof**). She’s also been very good at putting herself to sleep. All in all nothing to really complain about...