HELP! My now 1 year old boy still doesn't sleep through the night.
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User - posted on 05/28/2013
In order to better understand as to how to let babies to enjoy going to sleep and staying asleep. infants in the initial months enter sleep through an initial period of light sleep. After twenty minutes or so they enter into the deep sleep slowly, from where they are not so easily aroused. Since the time of moving from deep to light sleep is a vulnerable period during such time many babies gets awakened by any upsetting or uncomfortable stimulus, such as hunger, as tiny babies have tiny tummies, and mother's milk is digested very rapidly, after digestion babies can again feel hungry . Babies don't sleep as deeply as we do. Not only babies take longer to go to sleep and have more frequent vulnerable periods for night waking; they have a twice active, or lighter sleep, then adults have. If a baby's urge for food could not easily arouse her, this would not be good for baby's survival.
Sophia - posted on 04/23/2013
My 13 month old daughter has the same problem. We have been trying and trying but nothing worked. We have started to train her again since two weeks ago.(because the doctors kept telling us that she should be able to sooth herself back to sleep)
The first day, we let her cry for 15 minutes when she woke up (in her crib), comforted her for a few minutes and then lay her down. We repeated doing this three times till she finally fell asleep.
The second day is pretty much the same.
The third day, we let her cry like 20 minutes but this time she lay down and fell asleep by herself (only woke up once )without us comforting her.
The fourth and fifth day, she still got up once or twice in the middle of the night but she just cried for 5-10 minutes or so and fell asleep. We didn't get up at all.
Little tip: (Make sure that she is tired enough and eat enough before she goes to bed. She is doing much better now. )
Vanessa - posted on 04/18/2013
Yeah, "sleep problems" is the most popular googled subject for kids. They're sleep patterns are going to change. For instance, they may sleep longer with a growth spurt then sleep less after the growth spurt, or urinating during sleep will begin to wake them. It's just the beginning. I know when our kids wake up, if they won't go right back to sleep after we attend to them, we bring them to bed and they pass right out. The cheese sounds like a good idea. If it's possible, take naps....on the weekends, after work. And rest assured (no pun intended) his sleeping habits will continue changing.
Nicole - posted on 04/17/2013
Actually my daughter had this problem. Her teacher said to give her cheese especially cottage cheese, it naturally induces sleep. Then a few years later the doctor had me give her melatonin which is a natural sleep remedy in 1,3, and 5 mg but double check with your little ones doctor before trying that. Good luck!
Mariane - posted on 05/06/2013
I sympathise! Neither of my kids (now 4 & 6) slept through until they were 2. I tried everything! Sleep whisperers, sleep methods, techniques, even medication! They just didnt! My youngest would be awake for at least 2 hours every night, and I was exhausted! Nothing changed their behaviour and in the end even the experts gave up on them. Now you may not be able to change the behaviour (as night waking is common and normal), but you do have a choice in how you deal with it. Yu can choose to get up to them and meet their needs in the hope that they will go back to sleep (food, drink, play, whatever), or you can go in, soothe them, not make them any more alert (i.e. dont change the lighting, temperature etc), and then leave again. You will probably need to keep doing this several times, before your child eventually settles, but over a few nights (or weeks!), hopefully they will realise that night time is for sleeping, and although they may still wake, will not need you to do too much before they go back to sleep. I know it is torture at the time, but hopefully it wont last much longer - at least when baby #2 arrives you will be so exhausted you will sleep through the older ones night times noises! Good luck!
Susan - posted on 05/05/2013
Hi there, something what really helped my son was taking his naps. If he doesn't have a long nap during the day, he will not sleep at night. It's because they are sleep deprived. We have a routine, he takes 2 naps a day (both 2 hours) his last nap is by 7. He has dinner. I let him run around and get tired. Then it's bath time and he's ready for bed. The late dinner helps because he doesn't need a bottle to put him to sleep or wake up at night for one. He now only wakes up at 5 am for one. Hope this helped :)
Brittani when I was pregnant I played classical music insperational and Inigma music on my belly and found my daughter slept alot while Icarried her. The doctors got worried but I never worried I knew she was ok. When she was born I played the same music softly and she has always slept the night. Now my baby who I am adopting she was born aday before Ava and wouldn't sleep. Everytime she tried to sleep during the afternoon from 5pm on I'd wake her up then when 9pm came along I gave her luke warm formula and now she sleeps the whole night. If she does wake up I never turn on the lights I have a soft night light on the floor so she doesn't see it. For Ava I give her a soother and she goes right back to bed for Gracie I give her a 6 ounce bottle and she goes right back to bed. Each baby has something that makes them feel safe we have to figure out what. Both my girls are different and both are now just over a year old. You have to be consistant with naps and sleep time both my girls go to sleep around 9:30pm and never nap after 4pm I put them to nap at 1pm I don't believe in letting my baby just cry but everyone's methods are different. Good luck
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