It seems like every time we get Avery into a sleeping groove and he finally starts sleeping through the night – BAM! We are hit with something new that throws him off and we are back to middle of the night feedings.
Within the past months we instituted some ‘tools’ that we used to help Avery sleep better. Here’s a look at his nightly routine that we keep consistent to help him sleep better….
5:45-6:30PM: Playtime (AKA wear him out! Take him for a walk, go to the park, play inside)
6:30-6:45PM: Quiet Time & read books
7PM: Bottle & Bed
We put Avery down asleep and after fussing sometimes for a few minutes and checking on him once or twice, he fell asleep. When we check on him we never pick him up, just lay him down with his bunny and pacifier and pat/rub him for a minute.
This was all well and good until this past weekend. He went down at 7PM, but woke up and proceeded to cry, even after we kept checking on him, until 10PM!!! We tried everything until he finally passed out. He was up again in the middle of the night for a bottle. This has continued for this week, but has improved. Took 2 hours Monday night, and hour Tuesday, 45 minutes Wednesday, and last night just 15 minutes.
So, even though we have an arsenal of ‘tools’ and a routine that we stick to, Avery just decides to switch things up right when he’s ready to fall asleep well and sleep through the night. So what was it this time? Well, in California, Avery took his Army crawl and advanced into full-fledged crawling, and began pulling up on everything! So when Avery was having a rough time going down this week, we realized it was because now he can do this…
(no worries. no babies were disturbed in the middle of the night for these pictures. I had our Model, Avery, reenact our nightly adventures during awake hours)
We realized that Avery’s mobility was what was making bedtime so much harder now. Well, we lowered his crib so he wouldn’t be climbing out in the middle of the night (yet!) and we’ve been giving him some tough love and letting him cry a bit before we check on him (3min, 5 min, 7 min, 10 min intervals). It seems to be working, but he’s still waking in the middle of the night to eat and seems to want to wake up much earlier (530AM instead of 6AM).
Oh well, he’s just keeping us on our toes!
More pictures AND VIDEOS of Avery’s new moves: CRAWLING! …coming tomorrow!
How does/did your baby sleep? Were there stages, do you have any tricks to share? Our next step is to get him out of that nightly feeding (again).