Silja's Sleep Diary: five and a half months old
Written by Taru, Silja's mom
At five and a half months old
Silja's sleeping skills suddenly seem a bit lost. Her parents find
themselves cosleeping out of necessity. Traveling with baby and
comfortable sleep appears to be an odd combination too ...
Five and a half months old now
... and I can just about remember the
blissful days when Silja was five
. Since then things went rather
stayed there for a good while.
Right after enjoying a lovely spring day in Regent's Park, the following night was the
She was up at midnight, then at one am, again at three am, and after
that I lost count.
When the day dawned we were all sprawled comatose in a pile across the
Silja had probably helped herself to my milk several times without me
even waking up.
I'm really disappointed as although I was cosleeping
older children for most of their first years, and although cuddling up
to a baby feels delicious when you're tired, I really don't sleep
properly if I have a baby right next to me.
I was hoping we might be able to sleep mostly in
our own beds with
Silja. The following night was better already, although the end result
was pretty much the same.
This went on for about a week I think - my head got rather fuzzy
towards the end of the week - but then gradually settled to a bedtime
around 8.30pm, a feed at 3am, and something of a wrestling match from 5
It's not perfect but at least I know what to expect. Maybe this is the
famous 4-month dip my friend told me about, and we're just a bit slow
on the uptake.
Naptimes are still around school drop-off and pick-up, and sometimes
she takes a little catnap at noon, but they all seem rather short to me
- she may just sleep for an hour each way.
Traveling and baby sleep ...
And as if things were not complicated enough, we found that we had to travel
Finland quite suddenly over the Easter holidays.
To be honest I didn't manage to keep any sort of track of Silja's sleep
during that week. We traveled late at night and very early in the
morning, stayed home and at two different hotels, and all I can
coherently remember is that I just hate hotel cots
I'm sure they work well to restrain two-year-olds, but the travel cots
most hotels have are just not appropriate for babies. I couldn't even
reach the bottom of those cots so Silja had to free-fall down the last
couple of inches.
Not surprisingly, she spent a maximum of two hours in each cot and the
rest of the night next to me. And one of these hotels had a pillow menu
and our room came with a private sauna, so I'm sure investing in one
proper baby cot would not bankrupt them.
But that's enough ranting. Time to feed, and then, with some luck, a
little nap for everyone.