Reversing a Sleep Trend – Advice Wanted!

Houston, we have a problem.

Plum is a bit confused.  She seems to have forgotten that night time is for sleeping.  She was doing really well until we hit the 4 and a bit month growth spurt and since then her sleep pattern has changed. Whilst she’s quite comfortable with it, it’s killing me.

She doesn’t go to sleep until 3am, sometimes 4am.  When I say this, I don’t mean we can’t get a sleepy baby to settle, I mean she is wide awake, playing, singing, experiementing and very happy until about 5 minutes before she falls asleep, at which point, she’s usually out like a light until she wakes for the first of her two quick feeds.

She has a feed somewhere between 6 and 7am and another one between 9 and 10am, and goes straight back to sleep until she wakes properly at around 1pm, sometimes as late as 2pm.

Waking her up earlier – as I do on the two mornings a week we go to baby groups – makes no difference to the time she falls asleep the following night.  She seems very happy with this routine, and were it not for the fact that I need to be able to operate as semi-human during the day, it would be fine. However, I’m not coping well with not getting to bed until gone 3am every day.  It’s killing me.

We really need to get her back to something like the routine she had before.  She still didn’t go to bed til about 11pm, but I could cope with that. Bean was the same at this age – he was awake late into the night, but as he got older, it was easy to bring him down to the 7.30pm bedtime he now has.  This is a bigger job though, and I don’t know where to start with it.

Do you have any advice on how to get Plum into a more sensible routine at night – without using controlled crying?  I’d love to hear from you!

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