I wonder if anyone can assist.
I am having a terrible time at night with my 8 month old. She was a really easy going newborn and by 6 weeks was waking only once at night. By 4 months she started waking every two hour and this continued for several weeks and then things go a bit better for a while but again by 5 months she started waking frequently. She has reflux and at 7 months we changed her meds as she was starting to fuss a lot. Now the past couple of weeks she wakes every two hours from when I put her down. She used to manage a longish first stretch but that is no longer the case. She has always been reliant on a pacifier at night but lately absolutely refused the pacifier and only wants to suckle on the breast. We co-sleep as there is no way we would get sleep otherwise. She has a very regular bedtime and goes to bed at 18h00 with minimal fuss in her own crib but wakes every two hours. By the time we go to bed, we take her with us as otherwise she would be up all night fussing. Sometimes I am convinced her reflux causes her problems as nothing seems to settle her but other nights I know it is because she wants to be on the breast and cant self soothe to sleep. Her voice is hoarse most of the time from screaming to be put on the breast and I am not sure what to do. I am a little confused by the sleep cycles. If a sleep cycle is 45 minutes, would a baby not therefore wake every hour to be settled? Why would she then sometimes manage 3 hour stretches? Would that not mean she has put herself to sleep? I look forward to hearing your advice as I really do not want to head towards sleep training!