Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Sleep Regression (Part I)

You might remember my STTN (Sleeping Through The Night) post from a couple of months ago. Ah, what I wouldn't give to go back to those days! You don't often hear new parents say that they want to go back when it comes to babies and sleep. Sleep for babies, as we've realized, takes two steps forward and one step back.

Up until very recently, Jenn and I were waking up well-rested after 7-8 consecutive hours of sleep per night. Others were jealous. We were happy as can be! Don't get me wrong, we worked very hard to get our girls sleeping that well. Teagan (still) is our champion sleeper, or Queen Sleeper as Jenn recently named her. Since she was 10 weeks old, she's been sleeping from 7:30pm - 7am. Quinn wasn't far behind. She was sleeping from 7:30pm - 5am-ish. I'd feed her for about 10 minutes and then she'd go back to sleep until 7am. It was GLORIOUS!

Sadly in the last couple of weeks, Quinn has regressed...big time! She has started waking up several times (2-6 times) per night. We know that she's not hungry. She simply wants her beloved soother back. She'll scream and we'll go into her room, put the soother in her mouth and stand with her for a few minutes. We never pick them up during the night. There is no rocking to sleep in this house. We're all about teaching them to self-soothe. Last night was the worst night of all. She woke at midnight and proceeded to wake 6 more times in the span of about 45 minutes. We were losing our minds. We have no problem letting her cry a bit but that means that the Queen Sleeper will most likely be woken up. Ah twins!

And so begins night #1 of Quinn's sleep bootcamp. After consulting with Eva, we've decided to put Teagan in our bedroom in a pack n play with Jenn for a few nights. We'll give her a white noise machine so that she'll sleep soundly. Quinn will stay in her crib and I'll sleep in the guest room with the monitor. The goal is for Quinn to learn how to soothe herself back to sleep by a) sucking on her hand/thumb or b) learning to put the soother back in her mouth.

Stay tuned!


  1. Good luck! Hope things go well for you. We're still trying to get The Bean adjusted to DST.

  2. good luck! I can't wait to hear how it goes. We're still feeding once overnight, but Avery wants her pacifier every 45 min unless she's sleeping on her belly. You can imagine how this goes.

  3. @Allison - Miraculously, DST didn't affect our girls. Although, I imagine it will affect them more as they get older so maybe the spring will be challenging for us!

    @Emily - I definitely feel your pain! Do you let her sleep on her stomach or do you flip her?