Since the day Baby MPB was born he loves to sleep. So, we have never had to sleep train Baby MPB.
He goes down for his naps and for bedtime rather easily, and maybe one night a week he’ll cry a bit until he puts himself to sleep. His one crutch is his pacifier/soother, he basically needs that to fall asleep at night peacefully (we are already dreading the day we have to take it away from him).
He loves sleep so much that to this day at 6:00pm we have to pull every trick in our book to get him to stay awake until 7:00pm. (And often we fail and he falls asleep at 6:30). His little body just loves sleep and he obviously functions better when he has his sleep. I’m not complaining, I truly think his love for sleep has helped keep our house somewhat sane while Mr. MPB and I are both attempting to work and deal with our crazy schedules.
Anyways, we’ve been experiencing a particular problem for the last month of so – at 3:00am (or 5:00am on a good day), Baby MPB wakes up screaming. Inconsolably screaming.
We’ve tried every single thing we can think of, including the Ferber method, the plain old cry it out method, etc. But, I’ll admit at 3am, it’s rather hard to patiently wait for him to calm himself down and fall back asleep. And honestly, there seems to be a point that we realize he simply isn’t going to be able to calm himself down. The only thing that is working is snuggles and a bottle. Then he goes back down until sometime between 6:00am and 7:00am. (This 3:00am wake up isn’t as big of a deal for Mr. MPB, he can go right back to sleep. Me on the other hand, I don’t. Lately my sleep pattern is 9:30pm until 3:00am, then I’m up for the day. But I digress, my sleep problems are actually not the point today).
What’s frustrating is that any other time during the night that he wakes up he is able to self-sooth and put himself back to sleep. But this 3:00am wake up is a a full on catastrophic meltdown.
I am honestly not convinced that he’s hungry. I think he’s just using the bottle to calm himself back down.
I just don’t get it. Any ideas?
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