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 ;)