Should I Pay for Baby Sleep Advice?
August 13, 2013 10:11 AM Subscribe
I'm considering paying for a sleep consultation (examples here
) because we are getting pretty worn out with Baby Tafetta and her sleeping issues. Has anyone tried these? Is there someone else to recommend? Should I continue just reading random experts and waiting for things to get better? Is all of this really just because of the recent events of the past month and now we're just trying to get back to where we were?
posted by tafetta, darling! to human relations (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
In the spectrum of sleep problems of the 9 month old, Baby Tafetta is right in the middle.*
We moved her to her permanent room next to Big Brother about a month ago because she was consistently waking only once a night. Since then, she has started teething, probably hit the 9 month sleep regression, had a mild stomach virus, got a cold with fever and at least one ear infection. Girl has had a rough month.
She now wakes at least once a night and takes a giant feed. She may wake other times, but we try to let her cry it out because she will usually go back to sleep .... except that she's now right next to Big Bother and we don't want her to wake him up too. Last week, she was up twice at least two out of three nights.
At daycare, her naps during the day have gone to almost non-existent (which might be related to the fact that they have them sleep in swings while at home she sleeps in a crib - I may ask them to let her sleep in a crib rather than a swing since she's not swaddled anymore). At home, she does better with naps. She's still in a good mood, but she's become a lot more picky with solids and so it's harder to get her little tummy filled with things that will keep her full longer.
My mind is becoming a soup of the advice that I've read over the years and I'm beginning to think that I'm just missing something that only an expert can impart. Is this just sleep deprivation talking or can this person actually give me concrete steps to take to get her to where we want her?
*She has slept through the night on a handful of occasions. I fully recognize that her sleep habits are probably still pretty normal, but we are big on sleep training and want her sleeping through the night as soon as possible because we are both super tired and she needs that time to grow, recharge, and just be her awesome little self more.