*Even if you are not a mommy, your comments, tips, tricks, theories, sage advice, or magical spells are more than welcome!
Here's the question of the century: Will my chile EVER sleep through the night?!?!
So, Cam is 6 months old. He wakes up *at least* once a night...most nights two, and occasionally three. His bedtime is 7:00, which he's gotten used to. It's pretty easy to just do our routine, lay him in his crib, and walk away. However, he wakes up pretty much every night at around 4:00am and wants a whole bottle (6 oz.). Lately, he's been waking up between 10:00 and 11:00 also wanting a whole bottle. I'm feeding him solid food (1-1.5 oz.) and a bottle around 5:30 or 6:00. He's sleeping consistently from 7:00pm to 6:00 or 7:00am, which is great! But when will his sleep be uninterrupted?
At his recent 6 month check-up, the doctor asked if he was sleeping through the night, and I told her what I've just mentioned. She said that it's probably out of habit that he wants to be fed, and that I need to stop feeding him at night. Yikes! It seems like if I do that, then we'll get even less sleep because when he wakes up and doesn't get any food, he will scream and be inconsolable for who knows how long! Do I slowly wean him off night feedings? Maybe give him one or two ounces less until he's not drinking anymore?
Another question is, how long is "through the night?" I read somewhere that 6 hours is sleeping through the night. If that's the case, 1:00am would be time to wake up and that is just plain unreasonable! Maybe that was for newborns...either way, I don't believe that. How long should a 6-month-old sleep without waking up?
Don't get me wrong; I still love this sweet, precious, little angel face to death! Who wouldn't?!
But what gives??
Just to spite me?
Sincerely (if a little cranky),
Sleepless in El Paso
P.S. Mommies who can say, "My baby slept through the night after the first week," need not respond ;}