Adams’ Mum reached out to me when he was around 10 months old, she was going to back to work. Adam was going to start a daycare program and she was concerned about the lack of sleep and her ability to function with a demanding job, as well as the changes to Adams day and how he would be able to sleep well in a new environment.
Until the age of 9 months, Adam had been an ‘okay’ sleeper according to his Mum; he was often waking up 1 – 2 times a night to breastfeed and would go back to his crib easily, and sleep until around 6.30am.
She found this manageable, but in his new over night routine, was concerning her, as she was starting to feel frustrated and more exhausted.
Adam was now waking up 3-4 times over night and would stand and cry in his crib until his Mum or Dad would go in, when his Dad would go in, Adam would become even more upset and point at the door.
He would keep this behaviour up until his Mum would come in and breastfeed him.
Although Adams’ parents tried to keep him in his bed all night long, they would around 2.30-3am, being him into their bed, where he would go back to sleep but sleep restlessly until 5.30am, when he would fall back to sleep until around 6.30am before waking up to start the day.
Adam’s Mum was at a loss, she had tried several techniques and strategies over night with Adam, but was not able to change his pattern, in fact she felt like it was the worse, it had ever been.
At the end of her rope, she reached out for help. After a one on one consultation, she was talked through how and why Adam was behaving this way, and with the correct responses, age appropriate recommendations. Adam sleeping through the night 10.5 hrs, and napping twice a day within 2 weeks.
A few weeks later, Adam settled into daycare via their gradual entry program, in time for her return to work.
I followed up with her a few weeks after her return to work to see how things were going and she said “this experience was eye opening, and was money well spent, I wish I had reached out to you earlier”
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