Easton has never been a "good sleeper." Honestly, I alway get a pang of jealousy when someone tells me their baby sleeps through the night. He has slept through the night maybe 10 times in almost 11 months. Yes, I'm being absolutely honest. That's equivalent to one time a month. I know that I have a huge part in his night-time waking. I have been feeding him EVERY time he wakes since he was born. I guess your not supposed to do that forever.....
His sleep has never been great, but it was getting REALLY bad last month. I'm talking, waking up 6-8 times a night, kinda bad. I've never been so close to an emotional break-down in my life. I just couldn't understand why my baby was waking up so much. I visited this website, which gave a few simple tips on how to get your baby sleeping better. One of the tips was to put your baby down earlier (instead of keeping him up late to tire him out, which is what I started doing out of desperation- I thought, the more tired he is the better he should sleep....WRONG). I started putting him down AS SOON as he showed signs of "sleepiness." Easton rubs his ears, pulls at the hair behind his ears, starts getting clumsy, and spins in circles on the floor (he'll crawl in one direction and quickly change to the other direction, so on and so forth).
The nightly routine and 6:15 bedtime helped A LOT! He went from waking up 6-8 times to 3 times with that little change. Then, Tony and I started the Ferber method, on my friend's recommendation. The Ferber Method has helped exponentially! Baby E is not quite sleeping through the night, but he only wakes up once before morning!! Usually around 4am. So, he goes down around 6 or 6:30, he wakes around 4am (I feed him at that point) and then he's up for the day by 6:30am.
Here is my next problem....he's been staying awake during one of his normal naps. He gets pretty cranky and just doesn't sleep!! Yesterday I said to my husband, "maybe I'm just not a good parent." Well, I was doing some reading last night and came across this article. It literally said [in reference to the normal change in nap schedule], "Doubts can mount during this time and you might lose confidence in your parenting ability." The article talked about the 8,9,10 month Sleep Regression. The end of the third nap is super normal and happens to [all] babies but they get a little cranky while going through that transition!! Duhhhhhhhhh.
Parenting is hard, people!!! (But sooooo worth it)
Our Nightly Routine goes like this:
-Bath time with Daddy
-Lotioned and dressed in jammies with Mama
-Book time (Daddy reads the book), while Mama nurses.
-Crib time, lights out, door closed...GOODNIGHT!
-Mama and Daddy high five each other- another successful day at keeping a tiny human safe and alive....HOORAY!!!
Here are the links once again for your reference, these articles are chalk full of information about sleeping:
The Baby Sleep Site
8,9,10 Month Sleep Regression
5 Reasons Why Your Baby Is Night Waking