Is 5 months too young to sleep train a baby?

I’m not a big fan of letting my baby cry, and I think 5 months is too early to do it. But. My baby has been waking up every two hours for the past few weeks. Well, it’s not entirely true: usually, she will start with a 3 hour stretch. But that’s before I go to bed (she goes down around 8 these days). After that, it’s all downhill. And it’s driving me completely nuts. I can’t go through the night sleeping in 90 minutes stretches. I just can’t.

So I’m thinking of letting her cry when she wakes up after two hours, hoping she’ll learn to put herself back to sleep. I mean, she used to go for 8 or 9 hours in a row regularly. I understand that now that she’s more social, she is disturbed a lot during the day and drinks less, which makes her more hungry at night. Which is why I have started isolating myself to the bedroom for feedings, far from her 3-year-old look-at-me-Maman-I-need-to-be-the-centre-of-attention-all-the-time brother. But it’s not working wonders. And really, all I’m asking for is 4 or 5 hours in a row. Is it asking too much?

Did I forget to say that she won’t sleep for more than 30 minutes for naps? Which of course means I can’t nap, since that’s barely enough time for me to fall asleep. I’m exhausted. It’s making me depressed. I need a solution. And the only one I can’t think of is sleep training. I know it’s early, but I can’t think of anything else to do. I’m not sure I can survive this!

And if you think I’m a horrible mother, I’ll ask you this: when is the last time you went through an entire night not sleeping for more than 90 minutes in a row? If it has happened to you in the last year, then maybe I’ll listen to your advice. Maybe.

3 Responses to “Is 5 months too young to sleep train a baby?”

  1. Anne Says:

    I’m not sure I’m allowed to leave a comment, but I think you should go ahead with sleep training. You can’t be a good mother without sleep.

  2. sophie Says:

    Of course you can comment if you say what I want to hear!

  3. Mireille Says:

    Tu sais que ça ne fait vraiment pas longtemps dans l’histoire de l’humanité que les étapes «normales» de développement ont été «inventées»? Si, si : inventées! Tous les enfants sont différents et les recommandations donnés dans les livres ou par les médecins ne sont qu’une moyenne pour aider à suivre le développement. Autrement dit, F*** les livres! Si ta petite est rendue là, on s’en fout qu’elle âge elle a! Empêcherais-tu un enfant de lire parce qu’il n’a pas l’âge? Alors, c’est toi la mère, fais ce que tu penses qui est le mieux (et pour toi et pour ta fille)!