So THAT's What Self-Soothing is!

Little Bean fast asleep

The last 4 nights Little Bean has been waking up at 1 and 4 AM consistently. The Little Bugger decided to spoil me by sleeping through for a good three months. I’m not used to this!

The first night I hopped up because something MUST be wrong. He just doesn’t wake up anymore.

His diaper was clean. No arms or legs stuck in his bumber-less crib (I haven’t looked into wonder bumpers yet!) He could be teething but I’ve been using that excuse to explain every bad mood and no. teeth. yet.

I’ve been weaning him or should I say he’s been weaning himself, but I decided to nurse. I didn’t know what else to do.

He dosed right back off.

Last night, the 4th night, I decided not to continue this cycle.

At 1:22 I hear him fussing. I look at the monitor. Side note: LOVE having a video monitor for this reason alone!

I watch and listen instead of running right in. He fussed, tossed and turned. Found his fingers, turned again, found his finger again and then everything just stopped.

I watched the clock. It took him exactly 3 minutes to fall back asleep.

Unfortunately, it took mom a little longer.

When I heard him again at 4:15 I decided to take the same approach.

This time I could see on the monitor that his eyes weren’t even open. He was fussing but not crying. He’d suck his thumb on and off and kick his legs a little.

Again I decided to watch a little before running in and again he self-soothed! It took 5 minutes this time. My limit for cry–or fuss–it out in the crib. I was about to get up and then like magic he fell back into a deeper sleep.

And again he did better than mom. It took me at least a half hour to soothe myself!

I don’t know if letting him self-soothe will help get through this phase or not. But I do know I don’t want to make a habit of nursing in the middle of the night at 7 months!

Did you baby go through a stage where they woke back up? How did you handle it?

Article Posted 5 years Ago

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