Lindsay - posted on 08/16/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )
My son, Stone, just turned 1 a couple of weeks ago. He was a very small baby when he was born, and also battled reflux for the first 9 months of his life. With that being said, up until about 10 months, he was still waking up to take a bottle midway through the night. I allowed this to happen because he had so much catching up to do and I just wanted to insure that he was getting all of the food/formula he would take. After I stopped giving him a bottle at night, he seemed to be fine, but would still wake up 2-3 times a night, sometimes with gas, sometimes with tooth pain, and most of the time for no reason at all! He is a very strong little guy and is very capable of climbing out of his crib and hurting himself, otherwise I would be open to letting him 'cry it out' to an extent. But I just can't chance it. He cries usually until I make it to his room, and once I've exhausted all of my options (patting him on the booty, rubbing his back, talking/singing, .....) I then pick him up and walk with him. He only allows me to rock him sitting down if he's taking a bottle. NOW I am up 5-6 times a night, sometimes for over an hour at a time, trying to get him back to sleep. He's not fussy until I put him back in the crib and walk away. Ok, so I realize that part of the problem is some sort of attachment issues.....but how do I help him get over this without letting him cry it out?? He just switched to milk from formula, but I've been making the change gradually. He's teething. And he is with me ALL DAY and EVERYDAY. Although I know I can't make too many changes at once, I'm also trying to figure out how I'm going to wean him off of the bottle, especially before his naps and going down at night. He hasn't always needed a bottle to fall asleep, but we seemed to fall into the habit of doing so. I would also like to figure out how to get him to go to sleep on his own. Any suggestions for ANY of this? Or even an example of a system/schedule of which change to make first? Thank you Moms!!