Alice in Dreamland.
Last week in my class one of the moms asked our instructor about dream feeding and when it can be implemented to help baby sleep a bit longer at night. Our instructor said there isn't a specified age to introduce the dream feed but that your baby will let you know if she's ready based on if it works or not. Wanting to know more about this magic baby sleep increaser, I went home and did some Google research. And I loved what I read about it! More sleep for mom? Sign me up. Since I am no expert, you can read more about the dream feeding concept here. And here is how it worked for us this past week.
Night One: Bedtime around 8:30PM (it can be hard to get this chick to sleep). Dream feed at 10:05PM. Results? She slept a total of 6 hours, 4 hours from the dream feed, giving me 4 solid hours of sleep. Success!
Nights Two & Three: Bedtime around 8:30PM. Tried to do the dream feed around 10:15PM (it's not recommended to do it past 11PM) but she was already stirring and sort of awake. Woke up at 12:30AM = dream feed FAIL!
Nights Four & Five: Bedtime 8:15PM. To beat her to the waking up too early punch, I did the dream feed at 9:30PM to assure she was still in a deep sleep. And guess what? She slept till 2AM = 4 hours of solid sleep for mom AGAIN! I felt like I could conquer the world.
So what does this all mean? Is it a fluke or does the dream feed really work? I say it does. But who knows. All I know is that I function much better on 4 solid hours rather than a measly 1.5 hours of sleep. So we'll keep the dream feed around for a little while.