- 6 years ago
Much needed advice!
DS is 6 months old. First 3 months he had bad reflux, so sleep was tough, he was very colicky. We finally got it under control, but his sleep was still terrible. He would wake every 1-2 hours. Putting him to bed was always the easy part, he would go right to bed, but staying asleep was the hard part!
Naps were awful, I would try all day long to get him to nap with no luck.
At about 4 1/2 months we decided we need to try to sleep train. DH and I are not fans of CIO, so we started with modified, go in every 5, 10, 15. Didn’t work. It would just make him hysterical.
We finally decieded we needed to let him cry for a little bit. Our max was 15 mins, after 15 mins we would go in. It was the hardest 2 weeks, though FINALLY he made process. He no longer woke every 1-2 hours, he was sleeping straight though, sometimes waking at 3/4 for a feeding but then going right back to sleep. We were thrilled!
This lasted 3 weeks, and then DS started to teeth really bad. He was super fussy and really hard to put down to sleep and started waking constantly again. We then started over. His crying now would go way past 15 mins to 45 mins to hours. We couldn’t let me cry that long, it just broke our hearts. After a few weeks of trying modified again, we go thim in a good place.
This only last about 3 weeks. Due to DS reflux we slept him in a carseat the first 3 months ( only way he would sleep) well this flattened his head and he now needed to wear a helmet. DH and I were not happy about this but we knew it was the best move. However, he has the helmet for a month now and his sleeping is the worst it’s ever been. He just can’t sleep, we NEVER had issues with him going to bed, and now we can’t get him to bed. It takes hours of rocking, and then we put him down and 30 mins he wakes up screaming. If we don’t rock him, he screams and screams. DH and I don’t know what to do, I honestly don’t think we have it in ourselves to go through another cry it out. And at this point my DS gets to worked up he starts going into coughing fits and spits up.
He isn’t like this EVERY night but I would say we get 1 or 2 good nights and the rest are a mess.
Does anyone have any suggestions? I feel so pressured to have a baby that sleeps wonderful, and I feel like everyone I talk to has these babies that sleep great and then I feel like WE are doing something wrong. I just don’t know what else to do.
My husband has been rocking him and holding him for the last 2 1/2 hours.