Soother And Sleep

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CWeber - November 17

I hate to even complain as my lo (who is 7 1/2months old) is just wonderful going to sleep. I lay him down for bed or for his naps and he NEVER fusses! I lay him down awake, pop his soother in and he goes right to sleep within 5 min without a complaint. Now my question is when he goes to bed at night he is great about going to sleep. However, he is waking up sometimes up to 4 times a night (used to be only once) and wanting his soother put back in. If I pop it in he goes instantly back to sleep but if I don't his whimpers get progressively louder. So do I "humour" him and pop it back in as he is so good all the other times it is hard to complain or do I nip it in the butt and say "sorry" once you are in bed I only put in the the first time? This is my first lo so I don't know what the norm is. So far I am putting it in as it only takes about 30sec (he is in the bedroom next to me) and we both go right back to sleep but just wondering if I should be or not. He is sleeping about 11-12hrs at night but it would be nice he was not waking up so much. He is also teething right now (has 3 teeth and working on 4th) so not sure if that has anything to do with wanting his soother more often. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks!

 

yogi - November 17

first of all i am so jeluse of you, you are very blesed. if it was me i would let the teething pa__s and then do something about it.and would you pleeeeeeeeeease :) share and tell me your secret. was he always agood sleeper you had to sleep train him to be able to self sooth.

 

DDT - November 17

I just wanted to mention that teething can last months and months...so its not like its just going to pa__s. It's not a phase. I think at 7.5 months old your lo should be able to put his own soother back into his mouth...BUT I have no first-hand experience with this at that age as I have a thumb-sucker (9 months old). He rejected the soother at 3 months. I have heard of other women leaving like 4-5 soothers in the crib with their lo so that if #1 falls out they can easily search and pick up another one. Is your lo rolling & crawling?

 

CWeber - November 17

Thanks, he is indeed a great sleeper. He has most of the time been so and I have not really ever had to let him cio. When he was younger and used to fuss a bit all I did was leave him in his crib and go into his room every minute or so (less if he was getting upset), stroke his head and say "sshhh, go to sleep". I did not pick him up or let him get out of napping. Gradually I could extend it to a few minutes, then 5. By the time I hit 5 min he was usually asleep anyhow. Now I just lay him down awake, give him a kiss and tell him it is sleep time. He just rolls his head to the side and goes to sleep. RARELY do I ever have to go back into his room and if I do it is just to replace the soother because he knocked it out of his mouth. I do love to cuddle my son but I am not one to pack him around all day. If I am busy I tell him so and he has to manage on his own even when is awake. But I think he is really agreeable. I also think this independence has helped him sleep better at night. Everyone that meets him always asks whether he his always this content and the answer is yes. He rarely cries and really only if he is hungry or really tired. I can leave him playing by himself in the other room for 15 min (though I am watching him) and he never fusses. We do lots together as well but he is learning mommy is not always available to play right then and is content to amuse himself for a bit. As far as putting his own soother in he does sometimes but most of the time if falls alongside his head by his ear and he can't find it there. I have thought about safey pinning it to his jammies to find it easier but I am not sure that is safe so any comments on that would be appreciated. Mine didn't like the soother until about 3 months, rejected it the first while and started to like it when teethings started. He had 2 teeth by 4 months. I guess I could try leaving more soothers in the crib, never thought of that one. My lo is rolling and JUST starting sitting on his own (though will still "tip" occasionally, especially if the cat walks by and he tries to nab it ;-) But he does not crawl yet. He kicks like heck but hasn't figured out the arms at the same time. He is a big guy at over 21lbs so I guess that is a LOT of weight to move ;-)

 

DDT - November 17

Leaving more than one soother in the crib is worth a try. Eventually he will learn to pick one up himself. It's not impossible or unheard of at this age. At 7 months my ds weighed 19lbs. Big boy to! At 8.5 months he started crawling...he weighs 21lbs at 9 months. He was always a little crazy devil in the crib though with his rolling, shuffling and such from about 5 months on. I would advise you not to pin a soother to any of his clothing...especially at night when you can't keep an eye on him at all times. If he rolls the "string" could get wrapped around his neck. Good Luck!

 

CWeber - November 17

Thanks, so far he has not rolled over in his crib unless playing. When he sleeps he stays on his back the whole night. Hates tummy time so I don't see him wanting to sleep that way but I could be wrong. If he is fully awake he will pick his soother up and put it in his mouth. Not sure if he would sleeping as it is dark in his room (I don't have any nightlights or anything) and he also doesn't seem to fully awaken. Just whimper and whine with his eyes closed. But it is worth a try. My lo was 21lbs at 6 months and hasn't been weighed since. He is 97% range of both height and weight on the chart. Dad is 6'4 so I imagine he will be a good size!

 

KimS - November 18

Hey, my ds (9 months) sleeps with a soother, I'd say it was right around 7.5-8 months that he started really putting it in himself in his crib. Logan is very mobile mind you, so maybe that helps? I do put 3-4 soothers in his crib, often when he's going to sleep, I'll hear 1 hit the floor, then 2... I wait until the 3rd one hits before I go in, 9 times out of 10 he gets the 3rd one in his mouth.. I think he just likes to play with them too... a friend of mine took the hard approach and it really worked for her. Good luck!

 

Terio - November 19

I've heard of people buying a thing called a Pacifier Place. You put them in the crib and when they lose their pacifier, you guide their hand toward the thing holding the pacifiers and they pull one off. The idea is that after they do it a few times, they can learn where it is on their own and grab one and go back to sleep. I don't know what age a baby would need to be to learn this, but it's not a bad idea if it works.

 

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