For two beautiful months, I got to sleep. At three months old, Olivia began sleeping through the night.
And not just a five hour “sleep through the night.” No – I had a star sleeper! Olivia would sleep at least eight hours and usually ten hours. Often I had to wake her up after eleven hours!
I was in nighttime parenting bliss. It was incredible. But deep down, I was worried. This couldn’t be real – it couldn’t last…
And it didn’t.
A month ago, Olivia started to wake up. Phil would try to rock her back to sleep (from 3-5 months, when Olivia did wake up in the night, Phil just rocked her back to sleep,) but she wouldn’t have it. She wanted mommy!
So I gave in and nursed her back to sleep.
And now she is waking up to feed every three hours! It has been a month of it now and I don’t know what to do.
A similar pattern happened with Jackson. After successfully dropping his 3am feed, at four months old Jackson started to wake up again to nurse every few hours. Finally at nine months, I tried to put a stop to it. I stuffed him before bed with cereal and a bottle in addition to nursing. And then when he woke up at 3am, I didn’t feed him. I would try to rock him back to sleep, but it wouldn’t work. I ended up walking the floor with him, even putting him in his stroller and walking up and down the hall in my house until he eventually went back to sleep at 5am. (I guess some would have said to let him cry it out. But I didn’t have the heart.)
It went on for over two months until he finally learned to sleep through the night. But ladies – I just can’t do it again. I am exhausted just thinking about it. Back then, I had only one child to deal with and I was on maternity leave. Now, I just can’t imagine fighting with Olivia for two hours every night.
(Susan co-sleeps with her kids, so her babies always continue to nurse at night. But Susan is half asleep and barely even remembers feeding them, so it doesn’t really bother her.)
So ladies – I need your advice! What do you do to get your babies to sleep through the night? Is it normal for a six month old to feed two or three times during the night?