Wants To Sleep With Mommy

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H - January 30

My son is 10 months and he has been sleeping in his crib since birth. He has slept well staright thriought he night(10pm-9am). Recently he will wake up at 5 am and will want to sleep in my arms. I put him in the crib as soon as he falls asleep but he just sits up and cries when I put him back. During the day he is doing this too at his noon nap. I don't want this to become a habit and for him to expect that he will always be sleeping with me and never consider his crib entirely. He is also showing preferences in not wanting to be with other members of the family for nap time but only wants me. He cires if I leave the room even though he as family there with him. He cries for me and crawls to find me and pulls on my leg for me to pick him up. I think he has grown very attached to me and I can't get things done in the house anymore. Anyone gone through an attached baby and how did you manage to get him to sleep on his own?

 

Sarahsmommy - January 30

Is something different going on with him like maybe cutting teeth, being weened off the b___st, having a new care giver? Just thinking all of these could make him want more mommy attention.

 

Christy - January 30

Maybe he is experiencing separation and stranger anxiety?

 

H - January 30

Christy I think your right. I'm his main full-time caregiver and I think he has grown very attached. This afternoon he had a nap and as I was leaving he could notice and he got up. As soon as he checks to see I am back next to him he goes right back to sleep but its on my bed. I lifted him and put him in his crib and up he goes. He is bottle fed. I don't think its teething. He has 4 bottom front teeth. Nothing on top yet. No fever. He's not cranky when awake. So my worry is I don't want this co-sleeping during the day or night. I can't relax next to him because I fear squishing him and I don't want him used to this. He was always fine with sleeping on his own after I helped him to sleep. But now I think he realizes who is taking care of him a lot and wants me there like a teddy bear during nap.

 

Christy - January 30

Does he have a security object like a favorite stuffed animal or a blanket? I know a lot people who said that it helped them, and considering his age, I don't think you have to worry about SIDS. Just a thought.

 

H - January 30

He might roll off the queen size bed which I have to keep aware of where he is while I'm sleeping. Last night he got up and slept sitting up leaning against me. Its cute how he snuggles against me, I love it as he does but I don't think its a good thing in the long run. He has a blanket but he takes it off because he gets hot while asleep. I think I'll try the stuffed toy idea and get him used to sleeping with it as he goes to sleep. He has a pacifier but that seems not be enough.

 

Barb - January 30

I went through this with both of my older children....they will grow out of it. There could be a number of things that's setting him off, but I would suggest just going with the flow and leting him get his comfort from you....after all, you're his most favorite person in the whole world..mommy! : ) he WILL grow out of it...give it a week or two and try to lay him down in the crib again = )

 

katie - January 30

you know, i agree with barb. the same thing happened with our daughter and we just went with the flow. within time she was back to being her own independent self again - she just had some issues at the time that she needed mommy for - teething, separation anxiety, who knows? but i will tell you that once your son is old enough to want to sleep on his own, you will SO miss the cuddly times you had with him. it all goes by so very fast - almost painfully fast. i find myself being brought to tears so often just remembering the baby i once had and now seeing the big girl she's becoming. :(

 

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