Sleep as always been hard won in my household. For about the first 4 months of Porgie's life, I was unable to get her to nap. As soon as her little head hit the mattress, she was wide awake and ready to play. Eventually I got her on a schedule by napping with her in our bed. Yes, I took three naps per day. At about 7 or 8 months of age, Porgie started napping independently in her crib. Porgie slept horribly at night too. She got up 3 or 4 times per night until she was a year old. Although I hate to admit this, the only thing that really produced effective results in the nighttime sleep department was crying. I know, I am a horrible mommy. But after enduring a year of sleep deprivation, I was willing to give anything a try. And crying worked for us.
But now Porgie is a great sleeper. She goes to bed at 7:30 pm and sleeps until 7:30 am. And she takes an afternoon nap for an hour or two. I really have no complaints about her current sleeping habits, which is WONDERFUL.
However, my friend K is having lots of sleep trouble with her two year old little boy. He goes to bed around 6:00 pm, wakes up and plays for an hour or two in the middle of the night, and is up for the day by 5:30 am. Also, he will no longer take his afternoon nap (hence the reason he has such an early bedtime). K is adamant about not letting him cry, so I have no real advice to offer her. When she tells me that he was up running around their house for THREE hours in the middle of the night, I just want to say, "Put him in his crib, shut the door, and turn down the baby monitor." I am not a huge cry-it-out advocate, but for some babies it really does work. Obviously, I am of little help to her.
This is where you come in, dear internet friends. Do you have any advice for my poor friend. She is exhuasted. I think she is getting less sleep than me - a woman with a newborn who wakes up every TWO hours all night long. Please share any tips or advice that might let K and her little boy get more rest. Thanks!