My husband and I were tricked by the apparently age-old ruse of “our kid is a good sleeper” at 4 months. At 4 months Brady was a dream. He went to sleep around 9pm and stayed asleep until 3 or 4 then got up to eat and went back to sleep for the rest of the night.
But at around 6 months or so it was over. No more sleeping until 3 or 4. Noooo. Now it’s wake up around 12 or 12:30. No more going right back to sleep. Noooo. Now it’s let’s play at 3am. This sucks!
Some people tell us it’s because he’s teething. He currently has 0 teeth. Some say it’s because he’s started crawling and can move around more now. I don’t know what it is, but I want it to stop.
Now, please don’t tell our pediatrician, but we are bad bad parents and we break all of the “good sleep” rules. We don’t put him down awake, I nurse him to sleep most nights, he sleeps in bed with us. There is a TON of emphasis on good baby sleep habits these days and it can be downright terrifying for a new parent. No matter what you do it feels like your child will be ruined forever.
The funny thing is, I haven’t talked to one real-life parent who didn’t break the sleep rules. I’m sure there are sleep commanders out there who strictly follow the guidelines and maybe they do have the friggin “happiest baby on the block”, whatever. My mother assures me that although I was nursed to sleep and shared my parents bed I still learned to sleep on my own before I went to college. So there is hope.
My goal in all of this is for the baby to get sleep and perhaps, if possible, for mom and dad to get to some sleep as well. So however it is that that miracle occurs is fine with me. But please please, if you’re reading this, send out some good sleep vibes to Brady. My husband and I could really, really, REALLY use one night of rest.