Re: 7 month sleeping pattern
Just want to add that there is a middle ground between the CIO method and totally bending to baby's whims overnight...Pantley's No Cry Sleep Solution was an excellent compromise between myself (feeding whenever DS made a peep) and my DH, who leans more towards a CIO approach. Before enacting her strategies, we were going down around eight pm and waking four or five times before six am. Now, it's twice.
We've also found a lot of success with a pretty consistent routine during the day.
Up at six, nap by eight (1-2 hours depending on his mood)
Play play play (lots of activity) til 1-2, then a 2-3 hour nap.
Lots of activity in the evening (though we try to make it more mellow, with books, walks, etc), bed by 7:30 -8:00
Then a wake-up/feed at 12-1 and 3-4.
It's working for us right now...just wait until DS decides to change!!
DS Ethan 12/16/2008
Breast fed/pumped 11 months as a surgical resident, 80 hours a week at work
DS Abram Daniel 12/20/2012
Feel like we've gotten a strong start