I have a little dilemma on my hands, that could turn into a BIG problem. Here's the scoop:
Avery started sleeping through the night at 3 months old and that lasted until she was 4 months, when she started waking up again to feed. The doctor suggested rice cereal, so we added that to her diet. It helped a little bit, but she still wasn't sleeping 9p.m. - 7:30 a.m. anymore. She would wake up around 3 or 4 a.m., I would try to get her to go back to sleep using various methods, but if she didn't go back to sleep, I would just feed her and that always worked!
Now, she is waking up at sometimes 12:00 a.m. or 1:00 a.m., but she's not hungry. I can tell by her actions and her cry. After I put her pacifier back in her mouth and walk away, she starts this "I want attention" cry like she's mad at me for leaving her. I've tried to just let her 'cry it out' but I won't go more than 15 minutes before I go back in her room. I don't want to feed her just to get her to go back to sleep because I don't want her to think she has to eat at night. She's almost 6 months already (this Sunday). Soooooo.....
What I've been doing now, which I never thought I would, is bringing her back into the bed with Michael and me (GASP!! How could you???) I know, I know....I've always been against co-sleeping. But at this point, it's either co-sleep...or NO-sleep. As soon as I lay her down beside me in the bed, she rolls over and grabs my face, and falls right back to sleep. It works every single time. It's like she just needs to know I'm there, and will sleep the rest of night (and so will I).
I don't want to keep doing this because I want her to sleep in her own bed, and I don't want her to form a habit that continues until she's 4! Any advice you have from your own personal experience, I will welcome. We go for her 6 month check up tomorrow and I'm going to ask the doctor about this, but sometimes their advice is weird. I'd rather here it from some moms who've been there, done that...or been there, CONQUERED that.
Anyway...here's some pictures of Avery standing up with the help of a prop. She's not pulling up yet, but will balance once I place her there.
This was our first attempt. Can you tell she's on her way down!