Four nights ago, we started Quinn's 'sleep bootcamp'. She went from sleeping through the night to waking up to six times wanting her soother back. We were going crazy. So, for the last four nights, Teagan has slept in a pack n play in our room and Quinn has had their room to herself.
On Wednesday and Thursday night, I slept in the guest room, which is right next to the girls' room. Jenn slept in our room with Teagan. They had a loud white noise machine playing so that they could get a good night's sleep.
The first two nights were rough. Quinn woke several times screaming. I know that she's not hungry because she has proved for months that she can easily sleep until at least 5am. Before starting bootcamp, we would go in there and put the soother back in her mouth. She would settle within seconds. For the last few nights, we would give her the soother at bedtime but that was it. Once she lost it, she wasn't going to get it until the next day (unless she figured out how to put it in her own mouth). Listening to her cry wasn't easy. I checked on her once during both nights but didn't pick her up. As hard as it was, we had no choice. We couldn't continue getting up several times per night.
By Friday night, I was so exhausted from being awake for several hours on the previous two nights. It was Jenn's turn to take a shift so I could get some much-needed sleep. There was a marked improvement! She only woke twice on Friday night and didn't eat until 7am on Saturday morning.
And now, the news I'm proud to report....Quinn slept through the night last night! She woke around 6:30 and ate breakfast with her sister at 7am! We are cautiously optimistic!
I'm crossing fingers & toes for you. Bootcamp is the only way to go!ReplyDelete
Fortunately, we had another good night! She slept through without a peep! We're going to give it one more night before moving Teagan back into their room :)ReplyDelete
Glad it's going well. We'll probably have to have our own bootcamp before I go back to work. It's tough but necessary sometimes.ReplyDelete
I was sorely tempted to give natural sleep aids to my kid before she developed sleeping patterns. Thank goodness I didn't have to do that!ReplyDelete