For all the kazillion (okay, like nine) books I’ve read about baby sleep, I haven’t actually done that much to manipulate Boopsie’s sleep schedule, but that might be coming to an end.
When she was about 2.5 months old and about 4.5 months old, Boopsie slept through a few nights. And It. Was. AWESOME. I’ve been surprised at my ability to handle getting up a night, but I’m getting tired. Really tired. My rational self says that Boopsie, who is healthy and weighs a bit over 15 pounds, should be able to take in enough calories during the day to sleep through the night. So I think we should finally do some actual sleep training.
Right now, Boopsie is 7.5 months old. She has a really nice bedtime routine, goes to bed at about 7 p.m. and wakes up twice a night. The first time is usually between 9 and 11, and the second is anytime between 2:45 and 5 a.m. (though lately it’s been about 3 or 4 a.m.). She eats about 4 oz or breastfeeds about 20 min (which I’m guessing is around 4 ounces) each time wakes up.
I can’t quite seem to pull the trigger though… basically I’m afraid. I’m afraid she’ll starve. (Okay, that might be putting it a little strongly, but I hate to think of her going hungry.) If we do the “cry-it-out” method, I’m afraid Boopsie will never stop crying (she’s very determined). I’m afraid it will be so much harder to try and adjust anything than it will be to just ride the inertia of our current situation. I’m afraid that whatever we try just won’t work.
So what to do? What to do? Try some actual sleep training? Or just keep riding along until she stops waking up on her own? (Hmm… I can’t really believe that will happen on its own, but maybe I should take my own advice.)
Do I put up or shut up?