Baby sleep advice needed!

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Sounds like teething. 

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

oceanblue: Check out troublesometots.com. It’s the best baby sleep website. It condenses all the baby sleep books and has tons of info on cry-it-out and every baby sleep problem. I used cry it out with my daughter and I couldn’t have done it without that website! 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Unfortunately it’s pretty normal that age, there’s a lot of development that goes on between 5-12 months and it can really do a number on sleep!

I’m not really a fan of CIO so I’d be more inclined to try re-settling your LO in his cot or other gentle methods before going straight to CIO. You could also try keeping a record of all his feeds, naps and wakeups to see if you can find a pattern for the night waking.

Post # 5
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Busy bee

Cry it out is just ignoring baby’s needs. Way too little for that. Babies sleep routines change all the time. As pp said they go through developmental stages which effects their sleep. You may need to wear baby out more during the day and make sure night time is as boring as possible. 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Has he ever self-settled? 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

oceanblue:  How are his naps during the day? Is he swaddled? We had a lot of success with the merlin magic sleep suit. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Is he in the same room as you still?

I tried to stay within the same room for the first 6 months of both my children, but with my daughter, I found that I was disturbing her. She would wake up at night, I’d wait a little bit and see if she would settle down by herself. Sometimes she would, other times I would get up and reassure her by rubbing her back and then go back in bed. But the sounds of me moving in my bed were enough to prevent her from going back to sleep or would even wake her up during light sleep.

When I moved out of the room she started sleeping from 7:30 to 4:30, then 5:30 and 6:30 within a month or so.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

We had the same thing begin at 5.5 months. Little boy just wanted to hang out with us and did not want to be put to bed.

Can you tell me exactly what happens at bedtime? Are you nursing to sleep or even being present in the room when he falls asleep? 5 1/2 months is a tiny bit early, but not too early, to be hit with object permanence. Basically, if you’re there when he falls asleep, he expects you to be there when he wakes. If you’re nursing when he falls asleep (or on the bottle), then that’s what he’s expecting when he wakes.

There is some possibility it’s teething. You might try Tylenol for a night, but if it doesn’t make a difference, then it’s probably not teething. 

I think you have a lot of things to try before CIO, though I am not opposed to its use in babies over 6 months where deemed necessary. I also second Troublesometots. She’s just finishing a book that I intend to purchase for all new parents I know. For now, her website is brilliant.

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

oceanblue:  He could be teething, but there is also a sleep regression around 6 months, since there are so many big milestones around that time (namely object permanence).  If you are using a pacifier, it might be time to ditch it.  We kept ours until about 10 months, and it was pretty easy to get rid of.  I used a lot of information from the troublesome tots blog which has already been suggested.

Evaluate your bedtime routine and check any major milestones that might be happening, and of course he could be teething.  Good luck mama!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

oceanblue:  The Troublesometots website also has a G+ community filled with incredibly knowledgeable women, and Alexis weighs in most of the time as well. That’s a great place to get support/answers from people who have been through the sleep wringer.

And teeth are so mysterious. I’d say my little guy has basically been teething the entire last year. Just when one pops through, the next set starts. I’m not sure why we call it “teething” instead of “being alive from 6 months to 2 years.”

If he’s not falling asleep on the bottle anyway, I’d just remove that from the occasion by having the bottle before the rest of your routin. For some babies, it needs to be as much as 20 minutes before you put them down. It seems counter-intuitive, because you want to “fill him up” before bed, but it really helps with object permanence.

Post # 14
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Busy bee

I remember this happening actually. The whole waking up every 1 hr continually- just when you think he’s a sleep whammo! In my case it ended up being the bedding. He needed a heavier cot blanket that he didn’t wriggle out of all the time. I know you had a magic sleep suit before, have you tried a lighter one? In Australia we have gro bags for warmer weather. 

Also he had a blanket with a soft textured edging on it which he would rub in his fingers, self soothed himself with it. He carried that blanket for 4 years lol 

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