Re: Almost 9 Months - Still Night Nursing... Sighs/Help?
This thread makes me laugh because just the other day DH and I were talking about how awesome it is that DS (9 months) only wakes up once at night now, and we feel like we're drunk on sleep!
On a good week, DS will sleep completely through the night without waking up maybe two or three nights. The rest of the week he usually wakes up once sometime between 11pm and 1am. We have a routine: DH gets up and tries to get him back to sleep, because sometimes he just lost his binky and wants it, or he just needs a pat on the back. If DH can't get him to sleep within a few minutes he brings him in to me and I nurse him. He usually gulps sleepily for about five minutes and then he's fast asleep. DH puts him back in his crib and we all sleep through until morning.
I hear about parents trying to get their kids to sleep through the night completely at this age, and it always sounds like it involves a lot of crying and lack of sleep for everyone. I've discovered that the 5-10 minutes of quiet nursing it takes to get him back to sleep is preferable for us all.
When DS does wake, he always gulps greedily if he nurses. My feeling is that he's probably thirsty and just needs a little drink. That usually happens to me, too, so it doesn't seem unusual for a baby to do it either.
First-time mom to Markus, August 17, 2011.