Anna - posted on 02/06/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )
Hi everyone, I'm new on here so I'm hoping someone can help!
My son is 10 months and has been a great sleeper.. he's slept 7am - 7pm from 4 months...we put him down awake and he's always managed to settle himself if he does wake at all in the night... lucky us!!
The problem is, he's just had an ear infection, and obviously when he wasn't well he was up in the night, and we'd give Calpol etc and sometimes feed him as his soliid and milk intake had dropped right off.
The thing is now, for some reason he's still waking up! I don't think he's hungry because that's all back to normal and I don't think he's ill as he's really happy during the day.
I'm just so confused! He naps fine, he goes to bed at 7 fine, and then its later in the night when he wakes up crying... also, its not the same time every night.
This has been going on for abt a week... so for example last night... he woke around midnight crying... he gets really worked up... so I left him to it for a couple of mins, then I went in and ssshhhed him and rubbed his belly, and he seemed to calm down, but as soon as I walked away he started again... maybe I need to stay until he's nearly asleep?? I left him a couple mins again and we decides to give him some Calpol and teething liquid as he's just cut a tooth too.. put him back down but he started again abt 5 mins later. I even tried feeding him, which I know I shouldn't have done, but you start thinking, I wonder if he is actually hungry? Especially at stupid o'clock in the morning! In the end.. which was around 1.30am, I sat with him in the chair, and he started drifting off, so I put him down and thats when he stayed asleep until 7.30 this morning.
Thing is, I don't want to keep doing that or he'll start thinking thats how to go to sleep, but I just don't get it because he CAN put himself back to sleep!!!
So, after that long post... sorry! The question is, do I try something like controlled crying or not, and does it actually work? If anyone has any other suggestions or ideas they'd be much appreciated as I don't really know what I'm going to do tonight... I'm so tired!!!
Thanks in advance, Anna x