Silja's Sleep Diary: six and a half months old
Written by Taru, Silja's mom
Silja, six and a half months old
now, is practicing her motor
skills intensively and eats solids like a big baby! Her naps are
somewhat short to make it through the full day happily but her nights
are OK ...
Silja is six and a half months old and I'm taking the calculated risk
of writing this as she's working out with her baby gym on the floor.
about and moves a lot now
, but can't proceed in a straight
line, which leads to a lot of frustration as she can't usually reach
the toys she sees right in front of her.
She's also weaning very
and taking three solid(ish) meals a day - it feels like my kitchen is a
baby food factory.
Long days ...
might be better, too - but honestly I'm not quite sure.
are still all over the place and rather short. Mostly it's two naps -
morning and afternoon - but if she misses her morning nap then it's a
longer one at lunchtime, and on a couple of days she's napped three
She's really cheerful and well
rested in the mornings
and is getting up slightly earlier,
say 6.30 rather than after 7am, but then in the evenings she's very
tired and cranky at
have dinner at 7pm, and although I've tried to make sure she's well
fed, bathed and otherwise happy at that point, she's usually too tired
to be pleasant dinner company.
She seems to enjoy bedtime
stories with her older siblings
however, and even if I feed her and cuddle her while I read to them,
she will not fall asleep before the bigger kids are tucked in their own
beds and all is quiet. She then feeds a bit more and nods off in my arms
and I put her in her baby cot to sleep.
Since she's become more mobile we've had to adjust her cosleeper
a bit so that she doesn't roll all over the big bed. We've lifted the
rail up between the cot and the bed just a little so that the lower
side of the cot is resting on the floor.
This is probably not
the official way of using the removable side but it seems to attach
quite securely to the cot, and it's just high enough that she can't
roll over it, but it's still easy for me to reach her. We'll probably
need to put it up all the way very soon.
... long nights
As for nights
I'm not quite sure what's going on, as it seems that although she's
waking up, I'm not! I honestly can't tell what time she's been up for a
feed, as I don't wake up properly enough to put the light on, sit up to
feed her and check the time. I just grab her and lie her down next to
me and feed her lying down.
It probably helps that the summer
is coming, the nights are lighter and there's a good chance of actually
finding a nipple without putting the lights on.
I seem to be
getting better at putting her back to her cot after a feed, too, as I
keep waking up well rested, and she's mostly in her cot in the
mornings. My completely uneducated guess would be that she feeds once
or maybe twice, but not for very long. I'm thinking that, at six and a
half months old, we may well be
approaching the time when feeding
at night is more of a comfort thing and a habit
than her being really very hungry.
now it's lunch time and Silja's done with her exercise. I
figure out if she's mainly tired or hungry. Probably both ...