I used to talk about Roweyn's sleep habits quite a lot, but honestly there is only so much I can say about them. Ha! But now that she is going to be 7 months old tomorrow, it seems like there is a lot more to think about when it comes to her sleeping habits.
Lately Roweyn goes to bed between 10 and 11 at night. I know right?! Far too late! But if she goes to sleep before that she usually wakes up by 9 and then won't fall back to sleep till then. When I finally get her down, she usually sleeps around 4 to 5 hours then fusses till I pick her up and feed her. She then wakes up about every 2 to 3 hours and does the same thing till she is ready to be up for the day.
She naps anywhere from 2 to 4 times a day, anywhere from 15 mins to an hour usually. But the past couple days she WILL NOT nap unless I am holding her. Every time I have put her down in her crib when she falls asleep after breastfeeding or while holding her, she wakes up! I'll pick her back up to make sure she doesn't have a burp, then usually she falls back to sleep in my arms. I then put her back into her crib in hopes that she will stay asleep or fall asleep. I think she has only fallen back to sleep in her crib a couple times but its rare and this is the first week that she has ever done this!
I feel like there are numerous reasons as to why all this is happening. The first being, she is majorly teething. She just got her 2nd lower tooth in and I can tell she is having issues with it. I've been giving her some all natural teething tablets but when that doesn't work I give her some tylenol. I try not to do that too often because I'm really not a fan of pain killers. Second, I think she is overly tired. She's not getting enough sleep during the day therefore she is waking up constantly at night. Which studies say is very common when babies are overly tired. Third, I just moved her into her crib. She is still in my room, but not right next to my bed. Fourth, I am working now and she may be having some separation anxiety. I have been working for over a month now and only two times a week, but she was used to always being around me for the first 5.5 months of her life and now there are times when I am not there.
Even though I'm sure all of this plays a part in why she is having issues sleeping, I don't want them to get any worse. So what advice do you have for me that is helping or has helped you get your little ones down for a nap or to bed for the night? I would love to hear your stories!