I was wondering if anyone had any similar experience or advice..My DD is 5 months old next week (born 5 weeks prem) and for the past few months has been pretty set in a routine:
Breastfeed roughly 3 hourly through the day Naps at 9am, 12pm, 3pm roughly and a small (half an hour) nap at around 5/5.30 to see her through to bedtime. Naps are always on me as she wont sleep on her own during the day Formula feed at bedtime around 7.30, asleep by 8-8.30 One wake in the night for a feed (or has on occassion slept all the way through.)
My question is about settling. She can clearly self settle through the night and has sometimes been able to self settle when being put down to bed but often is too tired/cries and I will just rock her to sleep.
A couple of nights ago I decided to try her in the cot. It wasnt very successful - she woke hourly. The same the next night and I ended up putting her back in her basket. Now she wont settle whatsoever in her basket and appears to want to be held all night! She isnt hungry - if I feed her, put her back in asleep she immediately wakes up and then settles when I pick her up. Last night I spent 2 hours settling her with a dummy in her basket and she finally went to sleep (she wasnt crying just being noisy/winging a bit). I have attempted PUPD with her day naps in the past but with no success. My question is shall I perservere with this (ie soothing with the dummy) during the day or shall I stick to what I know during the day while I attempt to get her back to some sort of normality at night? I tried it for her morning nap just now and she cried so she ended up in the sling as normal..
Sorry for the ramble. I am a bit stuck as to what to do for the best. Has anyone else had similar?
I remeber 16-22 weeks being rough for sleep due to a lot of inner and outer development/growth happening, I'd wait a bit longer until you're through this unsettled stage. Your LO sounds perfectly normal.