Wednesday, 21 August 2013
Time to Crack the Whip - I Need Some Sleep
Alfie is just 8 days away from turning 7 months old and with a couple of pretty bad nights in a row and no sign of sleeping through the night I know I need to make some changes. This need has been highlighted even more by the fact that I just fell asleep, sitting upright at my laptop! I am tired.
My boy who still needs to nap every 2 hours maximum (he starts to go a little insane at around the 1 hour 40 minutes awake mark), who was able to sleep through contractions and who gets himself to sleep no problem most of the time, just can't quite seem to manage the night through. It's pretty frustrating when your friends have babies who are a month younger and who are getting a full night's kip!
Up until this point, I have always compared Alfie's nighttime habits to his brothers at this age and whilst he is still an absolute angel in comparison, it doesn't mean things should continue on the way they are going.
So. I am going to crack the whip. I am getting strict and there will be tears. Hopefully only from Alfie though! Milo is sleeping at his dad's house for the next two nights and so I will be using the time to make use of having Alfie in a different room. From today onwards there will be no more middle of the night breastfeeds. I am going to give him the bottle 1 time in the night for the next couple of nights if he asks for it (he will) and then that will go too. There is no need for him to actually feed during the night at 7 months. I know this and so I am going to cancel that out. I am just going to do it a bit gradually. It's time. I'm ready. Alfie will have to be too! Watch this space.
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