V - posted on 04/12/2013 ( 7 moms have responded )
Lately, I've been really insecure about my parenting skills and my little one. He is now 5 months old and a few days. He is big baby...90% in length and 80% for weight. He is still exclusively breastfed and is not showing signs of wanting solids yet.
He is happy and healthy and I love him to death.
However, he has never been a great sleeper over night. Waking often has been our way of life since baby has come into our lives. However, my baby isn't a fussy guy. He just wants some boob and then he's off to sleep.
We keep a really consistent schedule with him for naps and he has a night time routine and has had this routine for months. It consists of bath, sleep sack, breastfeeding, a bit of a cuddle, and then laid in crib. No major issues with this. He goes to sleep around 7 pm.
Around 4.5 months of age, with no significant sleep training (other than consistent naps and night time routine), he started waking just once in the night. I felt like the heavens opened up! I would wake at that time, give him some milk, and put him to sleep (in his crib), for another couple of hours until morning.
Well, now he is teething. He has up and down days re: pain/fussiness. All in all, he is now waking again every 3 hrs (for the past 2 nights),
I realize this has tons to do with his teething, but realize I have to sleep train him too. At 5 months, the books say he shouldn't even be up at night at all. I know you can't sleep train when a child is going through illness or pain or whatever, but I know I have to make some changes re: sleep, soon.
As a result, I've just got myself in a tizzy and I am now feeling really insecure about his sleep and his b/f'ing at night habits I've established. Stuff like: Is he too big? Is he getting enough sleep at night? Am I creating bad habits with him?
My hubby and I plan to do more sleep training tonight and I hope to get him off the breast during the sleep hours (over night).
Am I doing anything "right"?
Feeling insecure today ladies!