Worry over sleep training
We started sleep training our 4 month old last week. He is learning and improving but I still have some hang ups. How do I know he isn’t actually hungry? Since he was born he has almost always woken once a night between 2 and 4 to eat. (He is only bottle fed) We started giving him rice cereal in his bedtime bottle so that this wouldn’t be an issue, but I’m still not convinced he isn’t hungry when he wakes. We started the rice cereal at the same time as the sleep training so every time he’s crying after 2 I’m still worried we are ignoring a starving baby. Secondly, and a little less important, is my worry over his need for his pacifier and his inability to put it back in his mouth. He doesn’t have the dexterity to do it yet and he still wants to be swaddled so he doesn’t even have a free hand to attempt it. Has anyone dealt with this and solved the need for us to put the paci back in his mouth throughout the night? We have tried to get him to sleep without it but he screams til he has it. I guess I’m just awake spending the whole night worrying about him because of the sleep training, but I need some reassurance that we should stick with it and that he is actually ok. My boyfriend thinks I am over worrying and I hope that’ he right.