It can get better.

(8 Posts)
BloodysocksAndGore Fri 11-Oct-13 09:51:33

I just wanted to give a little bit of hope to others although I know I've been lucky so far!

Since moving 6 month old dd into her own room her sleep has gotten much better. We DH's snoring must have really been disturbing her.

We have finally managed to move her bedtime to 7, and the past 2 nights she has slept through. She also self settled twice last night. I heard her cry but have been waiting a couple of minutes before going to her, within 10 seconds she was fast asleep again!

We have done no sleep training yet and I know its early days but after 2 nights sleep I just wanted people to know its not all bad forever and they do sometimes give you a break!

I was dreading moving her, thought I was going to miss her terribly and she would be all alone but it is the best thing we have ever done!

Awaits reality check and realises she's going to be up all night tonight now!

BloodysocksAndGore Fri 11-Oct-13 09:52:44

Sorry meant to say, she has slept better since the first night she went in her own room. she was waking every 2 hours!

AidanTheRevengeNinja Fri 11-Oct-13 12:15:11

Thanks very much for posting! You have instilled hope in me grin

<plans how to move DS's cot into spare room this afternoon>

CityDweller Fri 11-Oct-13 19:07:31

I could have written that post! We moved DD at 5.5 months and saw an immediate improvement in her sleep. Last night she slept for 10.5 hrs solid! of course I still woke up evey 2 hrs and had to go and check she was still alive, so am knackered today. But, hopefully one day soon I'll sleep more than 3 hrs in a stretch

AidanTheRevengeNinja Fri 11-Oct-13 19:24:50

Bloodysocks and City - did you see an improvement the very first night, or did you have to persevere for longer?

CityDweller Sat 12-Oct-13 13:45:17

We did in fact see an improvement the first night. She probably woke up and I fed her something like three times the first night (massive improvement on 6+ wakings when she was in co-sleeper crib next to me). Then we decided to try to reduce night feedings, so if she woke up before 1am, my DH would go in and settle her. Likewise, any wakings sooner than 2.5ish hrs after I'd last fed her, I'd send DH in (sometimes successfully, sometimes not). Over the course of about 10 days, we went from her waking 3ish times (being fed once or twice of those) to sleeping through the last two nights (7/8pm - 6am).

It may very well have been developmental. Or it could have been the combination of moving her, reducing the night feeds offered and also, teaching her to self-settle (something I'd been working on for several weeks prior to moving her by not letting her fall asleep at bedtime feed, putting her down awake and using a sort of improvised sshh-pat routine). It may also very well not last.

How old is your DS Aidan?

AidanTheRevengeNinja Mon 21-Oct-13 19:37:41

Sorry CityDweller I thought I'd replied to you but it looks like it hasn't posted! Thanks for your message. My DS is almost 8 months so well able to be in his own room - I just can't be bothered mobilising my backside more than a metre for night feeds so will need a rapid result in order to persevere grin I'll give it a go!

We have been doing gradual retreat and seen really good results with self-settling so the night wakings have already dramatically reduced. Just to add an extra bit of hope to this thread!

BloodysocksAndGore Mon 21-Oct-13 23:41:32

Dd slept through on the first night and has done most nights since! From taking her up to bed at 7 and still feeding at 12 when she was in with us, she is now asleep by half 8, 9 at the latest. Sometimes she wakes an hour or so later but only a 20 min feed is needed and she's down for the night. She self settled again tonight when she woke up but I wish I could get her off feeding to sleep initially but it's working at the minute so I'm going with it.

(I'm only awake now as I've got a cold and can't sleep. She's sock on next door and has been since half 9 so far!)

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