Waking to Sleep(5 Posts)
Anyone done this? My 15m wakes early every morning. It's killing me! Back to work FT in 1 week - does waking to sleep work? CIO doesn't, not does feeding or anything else - any advice??
yep - have done it on 12 month old DS (over a year ago) and it worked
took 6 nights
A PLAN: Nine times out of ten a child who wakes habitually doesnt need more food (unless shes going through a growth spurt; see pages 115119 and 197 TBW SAYP). Instead, Re-swaddle, if necessary, give her a dummy to calm her, and comfort her with the shush-pat. Keep stimulation to a minimum. No rocking or Jostling. Dont change her unless her nappy is soiled or soaking wet. Do the Four S routine and stay with her until shes settled into a deep sleep. Youll also need to take steps to break the waking habit.
So, lets say youve ruled out other causes such as pain or discomfort. Youve also eliminated hunger by both upping her food during the day and tanking her up at night. This is what I call my wake-to-sleep technique: Instead of lying there waiting for her to wake up, set your clock an hour earlier than her habitual waking time and you wake her (see bottom of this page). She probably wont wake up completely, but her little eyes may dart back and firth under her lids, shell murmur and move a bit just as an adult would if you interrupted his deep sleep. Do this for three nights in a row.
I can just hear your response: You must he out of your mind! I realise that wake-to-sleep is a shockingly counterintuitive suggestion, but it does work! Sometimes, in fact, it only takes one night to break the habit, but I recommended that you keep it up for three nights nonetheless. If it doesnt work, you have to reevaluate whether her habitual waking is due to another cause. If youve ruled everything else out, do this wake-to- sleep technique for at least another three days.
Wake to Sleep? Tracy, Youve Got to Be Kidding
Parents are often shocked when I suggest the wake-to-sleep strategy for habitual night waking. Set your clock an hour earlier than your baby usually wakes and go into his room. Jostle him gently rub his belly a bit and stick a dummy in his mouthall of which will help stir him to semi-consciousness. Then, leave. Hell fall back to sleep. This gives you the control, rather than your sitting around hoping that your babys habit will magically go away. (It wont.) By waking him an hour early youll disrupt his sleep pattern.
and have a look at this thread
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