Monday, October 30, 2006

Sleepless nights again

After waking up every sleep cycle and not settling for several night in a row, Elijah's nighttime behaviour is starting to drive us to distraction. Last night we tried a different tactic and went to settle him at the first sign of his waking. I'm not sure if it has helped, but it has definitely made us less frustrated, as he goes back to sleep without fully waking. So far tonight, he has not required a resettle after 2.5 hours, so maybe it did help. Or maybe he's just going back to some kind of normality.

Anyway, I've now bought "The No-Cry Sleep Solution" by Elizabeth Pantley and "Sleeping Like A Baby" by Pinky McKay (although, I worry a little about the name "Pinky" as I associate this name with the very eccentric Pinky Beecroft) as I did not want to do any kind of variation on controlled crying. I will be reading these books thoroughly, in the hope that something will give me a light bulb moment.


Brooke208 said...

We usually settle Gavyn at the first sign of waking. He will sleep 11 or 12 hours every night. Sometimes he'll cry out and go right back to sleep (dreaming) other times all we need to do is give him his pacifier. Either way, we don't ever let him cry it out. I just don't really see the point of that, because at this age, they don't really understand the concept of calming themselves down.

I really hope his sleeping gets better! Let me know how everything is going!

The Mumma said...

We used to wait and see if the grizzles turned into cries (where we'd settle him) or if he'd just go back to sleep. He'd been sleeping so well for so long, this bout of sleepless nights over the last month really shocked us!