In search of sleep . . . .
Last week I jinxed myself, I wrote this post bragging about how pleased I was because Beanie Boy had been sleeping through the night for two whole weeks. What was I thinking? I should have known that the little monkey would want to prove me wrong, because that very night began a new routine for Beanie Boy. He has decided that he likes 4am!! Personally I think it should be made law that the only hours of the day that appear twice are 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 – sometimes 12!
I’m totally at a loss as to how to progress and find our way to the ultimate destination, 12 hours uninterrupted sleep for my little man – for more than 2 weeks!!!! During the day he has a 30-45 minute nap around 9am, then 1-2hrs around 1pm. Sometimes if we’re out and about he might have 10 minutes in the car but that’s generally it until bedtime at 7-7.30pm. He is breastfed throughout the day and then his feeds at 7.30pm and 11pm are formula, the 11pm being a Good Night Formula which has clearly been mis-labled because it doesn’t provide me with a good night! At 4am on the dot (my little boy is a one-baby alarm clock he ‘asks’ for feeds at exactly the same time every single day, to the minute!) he wakes up and shouts his little head off until I go in and feed him. This can be anything from 15 mins to an hour and then he eventually goes back to sleep before waking again for his first feed at 6.48am to be precise.
Can you see where I’m going wrong? Please please please can you make any suggestions to help my little fella? He’s not overly wet in the morning and has never done a pooh when he gets up so I don’t think its anything to do with the contents of his nappy. He is nearly 7 months so I know that I’m still getting it easy compared to some mother’s whose babies haven’t slept through until pre-school age but I know that he is capable of it? All help would be most gratefully received – right, I’m off back to bed! Oh no, I can’t I have 2 small children who need me.