NewfieBullet: I also feel that he should be totally capable of sleeping at least 6 hours without nursing- I KNOW he can’t be hungry every two hours when during the day he eats every 3-4 hours! I checked out the Troublesome Tots and it had lots of good info, but I’m not sure if cutting down his time nursing will help since he’s just doing it for comfort (I think?)…..when I take him off the breast before he’s ready he keeps trying to nurse and then when there’s no boob there he starts to cry again….:(
Bored6: Ugh. I feel your pain!
pinkcorsage: Mine definitely is not into sleeping. I think he would stay up all day and all night playing if we let him!
sept22insf: It is posts like yours that so tempt me over to the venture to the dark side of CIO (just kidding). I DON’T think it’s bad, I’m just not sure if I could actually do it. If I knew he’d only cry for about 20 minutes or less I think I could do it- but what if he just keeps crying? I am comfortable letting him fuss, and sometimes he will fuss and then fall asleep on his own, but as soon as he starts screaming or crying really hard I feel like I have to pick him up (or my husband does).
BlueEyes222: What you said about the staccoto cry is interesting- do you remember where you read there so I could learn more? He definitely has different cries but I’m not always sure what they mean! I dawdle to get him when he’s not crying hard, but he will kick it up a notch to screams and then I feel I have to pick him up, but maybe not???
MrsWBS: your post is like a reality check for me. I feel the same way, and so far I am just responding almost everytime he cries, because I really agree with your thoughts on sleep and his needs….I am just getting desperate because I am so, so exhausted. Every night I think, ok, maybe tonight will be better, and then when it isn’t (or it’s worse) I feel so defeated.
Katie-Didnt: We JUST started banana, avocado, and baby cereal and so far no change but maybe with time it will help?! I am intigued by the vibrating mattress as my mom suggested it, too, so we might give that a try.
Boston_MrsS_to_be: Ooof. If he still isn’t sleeping well at a year I will DEFINITELY be ready to sleep train!
My son and I both get a fair amount of sleep since he is almost never awake for very long once he cries- I go in and breastfeed him, he falls asleep almost instantly and then I lay him back down. Sometimes he doesn’t fall asleep BFing and then I hate life since I am awake longer rocking him, walking him around, etc. It is just he frequent sleep interruptions (usually 3-4 per night) that have gotten me so exhuasted. Last night we put him down at 6:30 and he woke at 7:30, 9:45, 12, 3, 5, and 7:30, then woke up for good at 9. At both 5 and 7:30 he was able to fall back asleep on his own, the other times I fed him. I am just so tired! He has his 6 month well baby check tomorrow and I’m going to see what the pediatrician has to say. Thank you all for your responses, I appreciate it!