Re: Reverse Cycling, Night Waking, and Needing to Be Functional
I agree that it is less safe for you to be on the couch with baby than on the bed. My DH wasn't into co-sleeping, so I ended up sleeping in the guest bed with baby after her first night-waking.
My dd also slept through the night until I went back to work and then reverse-cycled. If she took 2 oz from a bottle at daycare it was a good day. She continues to night-wake now, even at 2 yo, even though she doesn't really co-sleep or night-nurse anymore. Some nights she'll sleep through, some nights she'll wake once, some nights 3+ times. It's still quite unpredictable. I guess I've just come to live with it and it doesn't really bother me any more. If I'm not waking to nurse her, I'm still waking for something else!
Also, now that she can talk to me about it, I know that there really are reasons that she's waking up - like sometimes she needs to potty or she's already wet, or she wants a drink, or she's hot or cold, etc. She's at an age where she can finally tell me what she needs, but she can't take care of her need on her own yet.
Sorry I don't really have advice, just commiseration!
Mommy to Cadence (5/19/06) and Tessa (4/25/09)