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trixabell Sat 30-Apr-05 09:52:58

My DD is 6mths now and used to be a wonderful sleeper - until she was 15 weeks. We have been through a period of waking after 12am - usually 2am 4am and 5am. I usually put her back to sleep with the dummy which on a good night dosen't take to long. The last week she has been waking up more. Last night she woke up every hour from her bedtime at 7.30pm until I fed her at 11am as usual and then it was every two hours. She is I suppose relatively easy to settle and I don't feed her after her 11pm fed until 6.45am. I have tried feeding her when she woke at 2am - but she woke again at 4am!! I know sleepless nights come with the territory but this hourly thing can't be right. The length and quality of her daytime naps has no relationship with how well she sleeps at night.

bakedpotato Sat 30-Apr-05 10:09:02

have you looked at richard ferber's book, Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems?

trixabell Sat 30-Apr-05 10:16:55

that's the CC method? Not overly keen to try that yet - just worried that this hourly thing is becoming a pattern - curious what has caused it - maybe she has become dependent on the dummy?

ghosty Sat 30-Apr-05 10:21:01

It may be the dummy trixabell, DD used to wake up for her dummy until she was about 9 months old which was when she could find it herself ... I put 3 by her head and she just reaches up to find one of them ...
15 weeks is far too young to do CC ... IMO ...

trixabell Sat 30-Apr-05 10:33:36

thanks ghosty - dd is 6months now - I am begining to think the dummy is the problem now after the last two nights - she has basically slept with the dummy in her mouth the whole night - which I never let her do before - I always went in after she went to sleep to either remove it more often she had spat it out.

ghosty Sat 30-Apr-05 10:42:25

Doh, sorry, just read the bit about 15 weeks ... silly me ...
When DD was 6 months it did become a bit of a pain to be honest but I had done CC with DS and just couldn't face doing it with DD ... so I kept plugging the dummy while thinking of inventing some ingenious contraption that would strap the bloody thing to her head . In the end I used to put a few dummies around her head so that I could find them in the night to give her one ... then I would stumble into her room in the dark, find a dummy and plug it in then stumble back to bed without even thinking about it ... then on the day she turned 9 months she slept all night and when I went in in the morning she had one dummy in her mouth and was clutching the other 4 in her hands ....
Even now she sleeps with one in her mouth and one in each hand .... bless!

trixabell Sat 30-Apr-05 11:37:41

DD did actually put the dummy in last night once - accidentally - but it was one of those ones that turn up at the end and the poor little thing was sucking away with it upside down - I don't mind using the dummy but with her waking up every hour I don't think I could cope with the lack of sleep!!

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