Desperate Sleep Question

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JEN - May 30

Ok, my ds is almost 6 months old. When he was around 3 months he began sleeping through the night which lasted for about a month and a half. Then he began to wake once, then twice, and to make a long story short(er), we are up to waking about 6-7 times per night now. I do not feed him at night ( he eats very well durring the day), and for the past 2 weeks I do not pick him up either unless he gets hysterical which is very rare. I give him his binky and he goes back to sleep, but as soon as I doze off he is up again. I thought he might be teething, so I started giving him tylenol before bed, but no luck. I can not do CIO, so what else can I try? Have any of your babies gone through this? I am seriously exausted. Help!!!!!

 

Bonnie - May 30

I can't really answer this well as we did CIO. Personally I feel that sometimes we have to teach them things they may not like. Some babies like to fight sleep and sometimes we have to just do what is right, even if they don't like it. That being said, I know a lot of parents who swear by attachment parenting. Have you tried maybe reading up on some books about this so you can avoid the whole CIO thing? Good luck!! I wish you big sleep soond! ;)

 

Annette - May 30

If it´s teething, try Baby-Kanka. It is the best product I have seen out there.l

 

Sam - May 31

According to Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, this is happening because your baby would rather hang out with you than go to boring old sleep. My DD is 4 months, and she has been doing it the past two weeks. She has been waking up more and more. Last night, we tried CIO the method used in HSHHC. The book makes you feel a little better about what you're doing, cuz you're helping your baby get much-needed rest as well. Anyway, it was rather miserable, but DD cried way less than I thought she would. Something iike 20 minutes when she went down. She cried again and 9:30, but stopped relatively quickly and apparently fell back asleep. I fed her at midnight. She woke up at 2, and DH put her binky in a coupe of times, back to sleep. Woke up at 4 and I fed her, and she woke up for the m orning at 6. Now these things take a few nights, but I know I'll be breaking her of the habit of getting up for the sake of getting up, or habitual feeding. It is tough, but in her case necessary. She had gone from sleeping almost through the night to waking up every two hours or less. It was killing us. So that's what we tried. It is very tough, and a very tough decision, that's for sure. I have working mom guilt already, so I don't feel too happy with myself today.

 

Ca__sieSong - June 1

I'm with Sam. Get that book she recommended. I did and it helped a lot. Good luck!

 

joeysmom - June 1

I completely understand what you are going through. My son is 5 1/2 months and wakes up about four or five times a night and sometimes won't go back to sleep for hours. I am just getting to the point of letting him CIO. I think I will try getting that book also. Joey falls asleep at about nine and then wakes up at 11, 1, and 4. I do not feed him at 11 or 1. I just give him his binky or rock him again. But I feed at four and then he usually sleeps till seven. But it's so exhausting and I am nursing and my husband works really early so I really have no help. But I am just getting ready to try to CIO method, b/c he needs to learn to fall asleep on his own also.

 

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