Having survived the first 6 months of Mazen’s life and talking with so many of my mom friends (both in person and online ones) I am convinced that Mazen was a typical newborn who slept in 2-hour stretches at night and only napped when held.After turning 6 weeks old, he started to nap in the swing, in his crib and in the stroller and at night started sleeping 4-5 hours for the first stretch followed by a few 2 hour blocks.
I feel that all of his sleep behaviors up to 6 months, while frustrating at times, were normal and typical.
I could sit here and analyze what I could have done differently, but I don’t regret much.
Maybe I could have let him cry a little longer during the first 6 months in hopes that he would learn to sleep, but as a new parent to a first child, I don’t think I ever let him cry for more than 2 minutes before I went in to get him.
Writing about crying is never going to be accepted by all.
Ultimately I decided to share because I find reading blog accounts of baby events before I attempt them myself to be SO helpful. If you don’t agree with sleep training, you might want to just skip this one!
I once heard that over 80% of families do some kind of sleep training.
I have no idea if that statistic is true, but I believe it.
During the peak of the regression, he was up as often as every 20 minutes!
When things seemed to get a little better, he was still waking up every 1-3 hours all night, every night.
As a 5 month old, he was a fairly good crib napper when he learned to roll onto his tummy but rarely slept for more than one sleep cycle of 35-40 minutes.
He was a huge fan of the pacifier, and while it helped us tremendously during this time, it did end up being a big obstacle to sound sleep when it became a sleep association he needed to dose off.