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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Sleep Deprived

Kaitlynn is not sleeping well. I think she is trying to kill me or drive me crazy! Last night she wouldn't go to bed until after 10PM, then woke up a little after midnight. Then was up until 4AM! She slept about 4 hours and was up bouncing off the walls. When she sleeps, she is not sleeping very soundly either. I don't know if it is a growth spurt or if she is cutting more teeth. Whatever it is, I don't like it. I am so exhausted when she is up, then she goes to sleep and then I can't fall asleep. I am not a fan of the CIO method and refuse to do it. I think I am going to have to get the book "No Cry Sleep Solution". I have looked at Dr. Sears' website ( for help and have followed some of his advice this last month, but that doesn't see to be working. I know part of the problem is that we have to stick to a routine, which I am trying really hard to do. Last night was a killer though. I can't have another night like that. A friend from the Nursing Moms Support Group I attend at Kangaroo Kids ( has said that this is how her baby sleeps all the time. I don't know how she does it.


Anonymous said...

Hi... The routine thing really worked for me. If routine is hard try making it as simple as possible. ;) Before bed I give my children a warm bath, put on their pj's and a story, all the while prompting them that after the story it's bedtime. It seems to work. If Kaitlyn is still on bottles a warm bottle after her story and then to bed would work too. I think prompting her is important... they always understand more than we think. A book that I really liked was called "The Baby Whisperer". Hope that helps. I know how frustrating it can be when they don't sleep. If it's any consolation, my children don't sleep well when they are teething or growing either. :( Good luck!

Permission to Mother said...

Thanks for the link to my blog...

Check out the letter to me on this link from "Aimee."

Her daughter has the same name as your daughter but spelled differently. She recieved so much cultural pressure to sleep train her daughter and went to a sleep specialist!

You already know to put away the expecting books and the whisperer books. They won't help your baby.

Dr. Sear's has much better nighttime books. The Family Bed by Tine Thevenin is also great and supports the kind of parenting you are doing.

Looking back, I am glad my kids are flexible. I worked different hours as they were babies.

If we were out they could fall asleep in my arms at the breast and didn't need "their bed."

Dinner, bath, book, and breastfeeding are all a great routine to do when you are home. I may have to post more about this soon on my blog.

Nikki said...

I don't really have any advice for you that you don't already know. I know how much it sucks to have bad nights. I don't know if Kaitlynn has been sleeping through the night previous to now, but if it makes you feel any better, Claire didn't start sleeping entirely through the night until 12 months.