Typically I start Lil's bedtime routine between 6 and 7 PM, and she's in bed between 7 and 8 PM. She cluster feeds before bed. This is a great thing because she initiated it on her own, and it helps her get the food she needs to sleep through the night. So usually I won't hear her again until between 6 and 7 AM.
Recently though she's started waking up around 4 AM. I have no idea why. She eats for about 10 minutes and then goes back to sleep. (This started about a week and a half ago. It's not a growth spurt!) And oddly enough, when we were out of town this last weekend, she slept right through without a 4 AM wake up. I was hopeful. But then last night at 3 AM I heard her (and checked on her via video monitor), and to Lil's credit, she tried to self-soothe. She tried until 4 AM, when she woke me up. She ate 10 minutes, which comforted her, and then fell asleep.
Another note: She doesn't depend on nursing to go to sleep. I put her down at night awake, and she talks for about 15 minutes before falling asleep. At her recent 4 AM feedings she's drowsy but awake when I put her down.
I don't know what to do! Because she's already tried to self-soothe, I'm not comfortable with cry it out.
Moms out there in blogland, any thoughts?