Yesterday was Little Miss' 4 month checkup. This little lady is 12 pounds (42nd percentile) and 25 inches (85th percentile). Tall girl. She's officially a smaller version of Him.
She also had her 2nd set of shots but recovered quickly. A quick boob and a nap and she was right as rain.
I spoke to the pediatrician about sleeping. She suggested we put her down drowsy but awake and walk away. She also suggested an earlier bedtime. The walk away part is what we haven't been doing consistently. We normally do some rocking and try to put her in asleep and of course she wakes right up as soon as we lay her in the crib. Well, last night we tried it -- walking away and putting her down earlier.
She cried 10 minutes and fell asleep! All this time we've been doing it wrong. We've been keeping her awake with all of that rocking and shushing. She did wake up a lot but fell asleep within 10 minute most times. When I had to go in and check on her, I turned on her seahorse (another Fisher-Price co-mother) and she sorted herself out. She had one 5 hour stretch and 2 hour stretches after that.
What I've learned: It is definitely possible for her to self soothe and putting her to bed earlier will not make her rise earlier.
Also, now that she can eat cereal, I asked the pediatrician about rice cereal before bed. Does it work as far as helping babies sleep the entire night. She said no. It's been proven ineffective. Hmpf! Any moms out there say different? Did it work for you?