My 20 week old baby is able to fall asleep by herself in her cot when it's bedtime however when she wakes up in the night she will not go back to sleep unless I give her a bottle of milk. She will only have about 3oz and then she falls asleep. I know that she's not that hungry as she struggles to drink even this small amount. She has been waking up just the one time in the night which wasn't too bad but the last two nights she's woken up twice and I really don't want this to become a habit. I know it's good to self soothe but when I've searched for strategies, all I can find are bedtime routines which is a thing that we have already established.
Basically, she wakes up and I start by giving her a dummy. Sometimes she goes back to sleep while other times she starts crying again after a few minutes. After this happens for the 4th time I go down to warm a bottle up and she falls asleep while taking it.
I know I probably shouldn't be giving her a bottle but when I'm tired I just want a quick solution. Im going to try and only offer her the dummy. I am prepared for a few nights of poor sleep as I know I have to think about the bigger picture.
If anyone has got any advice or strategies or similar stories that have had a positive ending please comment. Thanks!