Lexandry started to sleep through the night before he was two months old. His sleeping cycle changed, once he started teething. Lexandry started teething at 6 months and started waking up again during the night. He would wake up sometimes up to 3 to 4 times during the night. I spoke to his doctor about Lexandry’s sleeping problems and what I could do to help him sleep. His doctor explains to me that Lexandry wakes up crying because he didn’t know how to fall asleep on his own. he also told me that I had to let him learn, even if it meant to let him cry. I know it sounds cruel because I used to think so too. Getting him to sleep through the night as an infant was actually easier, than getting him to sleep through the night when he was older.
The first step to take when setting up your child’s bedtime routine is to teach him/her when is time to play or be awake and when is time to rest. During the daytime I would open the curtains, to let him know it was daytime. Whenever he took a nap, I continued with my daily routine. The idea is that during the day is play time and during the night is time to rest. At about 6:30 p.m. I would start getting the room ready for bedtime, by closing the curtains, setting up for his bath, and preparing his milk. At 7:00 p.m. I bath him and around 7:20 to 7:30 p.m. I feed him. At 8:00 p.m. he was already asleep. He would wake up to feed again at around 11:00 p.m. but he wouldn’t even open his eyes.
I went back to college when Lexandry turned 4 months and had to get a babysitter outside of our home. Lexandry leaves at 8 a.m. and doesn’t come home until 8 p.m. Lexandry is usually picked up at 6:30 p.m. but does get home until 8 p.m. His bedtime got a bit mess up since he gets home at 8 p.m. but I manage to set up another bedtime routine that works for the both of us.
When lexandry gets home, I usually play with him for about 30 minutes. His babysitter baths him before he comes home, so I only change his diaper, brush his teeth, and put on his pajamas. I usually have his dinner ready when he comes home, as well. I start to get him ready for bed at around 9:30 p.m. Before bed I usually read to him and give him a bottle.
By 10 p.m. I lay him down in his crib and let him fall asleep on his own. It was not easy at first since he didn’t know how to fall asleep on his own. I started by letting him cry when he would wake up in the middle of the night. I would be awake but I wouldn’t pick him up. It was painful for me as a mother to hear him cry, but I knew that my son was ok and I needed to let him learn to sleep on his own. It literally took only three nights before he stopped waking up during the night. By the second night, he only cried for a minute, before falling back to sleep, and by the third night, it literally took him seconds.
After about two weeks of him sleeping through the night again, I started to lay him down in his crib, once he was sleepy, to let him fall asleep on his own. Now when I put him down to sleep, he just accommodates himself and closes his eyes.
Being a busy mom can make it difficult to set up a bedtime routine. I started with the cry out method at 13 months because I was not comfortable with the method. I am positive that now that he is older he feels better about falling sleep on his own, and he is definitely more rested in the morning.
As always thank you for stopping by and reading my post. I wrote it in hopes of helping other parents out there who want to help their baby sleep. Feel free to leave any questions or comments down below.