Sherree - posted on 06/09/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )
So just recently, my daughter has decided to be bright eyed and bushy tailed after only 5 hours of sleep at night. (Usually she does 10-11 hours a night).
I breastfeed and usually feed her back to sleep at night when she wakes and she goes back to sleep within 10 min. But lately, as I said, she hasn't wanted to go back to sleep because she's slept so well for 5 or 6 hours.
What do people recommend? Just keep her in a dark room and don't talk to her versus let her come downstairs and play with toys to tire her out? Turn on the lights or leave off the lights? Walk her or rock her to make her tired? Let her watch tv (this was a tempting option because I was so tired but I thought it might be a bad idea and get her more entertained).
I opted with leaving off the lights and only talking to her quietly, but letting her play with toys downstairs. I also tried walking her around in the dark but she was too alert and too heavy to do that with for very long - it didn't seem to be working anyways. We ended up being awake for an hour downstairs. What seemed to make her realize she was tired was when I put her on her tummy (she doesn't crawl yet) and made her struggle there for awhile. Then she got all nuzzly into me like she wanted to go back upstairs and nurse. Then 1/2 hr to nurse her back to sleep. All in all I was awake 2 hours at 1:30 in the morning - not fun.