My DD is 6.5 months and has become a pretty poor sleeper. She was excellent from month 2-4 (sleeping 8-11 hours a night!), but now wakes up every 1-2 hours until about 2 a.m., where she will finally sleep a three hour stretch.
My husband begins the bedtime routine at 7 p.m., which involves a bath and stories. She is always yawning and rubbing her eyes by that time. I then take over and breastfeed her and rock her. She continues rubbing her eyes during this and sometimes starts falling asleep.
Lately, she will wake up as I am putting her in her crib, or very soon after. And she's wide awake all of a sudden! She will crawl around, sit up, and smile at me. If I leave the room, she will immediately start crying - hard. I've tried waiting a few minutes outside of her door, but she doesn't give up. I am not willing to do the CIO method, so I go back in and try to just rub her back, hold her hand, and get her go to sleep.
Most times, that is not enough. She is wide awake until I pick her up, then she will immediatly lay her head down on my chest or shoulder and start falling asleep. I lay her down and the cycle begins again. Please help! Is anyone else experiencing anything like this? Any ideas of why it's happenening or what I can do to help?
Thank you in advance for reading this and offering any tips that have worked for you! :)
**Update** - Thank you for all of your replies and ideas! I tried the white noise box and a nighlight last night, and she slept so much better! She slept from 9:45 - 3:30 before waking up! I went in to change her diaper and feed her, and then she slept again until almost 6! :)