Sabrina - posted on 01/16/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )
Since the Christmas madness and with it getting darker earlier, my 3 month old has started wanting to sleep at 3pm. For the first few weeks I thought, great - she's having a good afternoon nap. She usually sleeps so soundly in the late afternoon I have to wake her up at 5 or 530pm and get her dressed for bedtime. At this time she is so tired and sleepy it is easy to put her in her bed for the night.
The problem is that she wakes at 4am or 5am and there is no way I can get her back to sleep. Some nights she lies next to me singing to herself in the dark (whilst I try unsuccessfully to block it out). Other nights this escalates into a cry for attention and play. Sometimes I try breastfeeding her back to sleep and she refuses, or else she takes the breast but needs it constantly in her mouth for the 2-3h till I can bring myself to get out of bed. If I try to take her off the breast, she starts crying as she is still awake and needing something to do!
This morning when she woke up at 4am I just felt that I had done something wrong along the way and that my hope that things would sort themselves out eventually was really in vain.
What do I do??