Help! 6 1/2 month old will not sleep!

Ashley - posted on 10/05/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Hello! My son is 6 1/2 months old. He usually sleeps through the night, but lately it has been terrible trying to get him to sleep. He will just scream and scream, and when I go to comfort him, he wants to play! I check his diapers, burp him, nurse him, cuddle him, you name it! I am not sure if at 6 1/2 months babies can "trick" you into thinking they need something? I just think it is weird how he will cry and then as soon as I pick him up he smiles and tries to play. And if I put him back down, he does it all over again. And I know he is tired because he rubs his eyes.

As I am writing this, it is 1:27 am and he is still screaming. I am exhausted, and not sure why he is doing this...maybe another growth spurt?

My husband works swing shift (right now 6pm-6am) so I am on my own. Oh, and I don't like the cry-it-out method...

Any ideas? Seems impossible!

Thank you!!!!!

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Meagan - posted on 10/06/2009

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My son got his two bottom teeth in at the same time for his first teething experience. It took him the longest time to get them - he was chewing on his finger for the longest time. But got real fussy right before they came in. We didn't know what was going on until I felt them poking through a few days later. You might ask your dr what he suggests. We use baby orajel applied with a q-tip. Another thing - you asked about tricking...my son picks up bad habits really quickly. My doctor said to go in, show him you're there (I change his diaper) and then put him straight back to bed. Unless he's teething and needs more than that, there's really not much else you can do.

Jackie - posted on 10/05/2009

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Babies can sometimes have phases like this. Try wearing him out, lots of play and stimulation. Then a warm bath and a massage before bedtime. My daughter went through a little phase of waking in the night (not quite as bad as you're experiencing) and this seemed to do the trick for her. Good luck!

Lauren - posted on 10/05/2009

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Unfortunately if our babys don't want to sleep they won't! I have tried to let my daughter cry it out she is 5months old...but it doesnt work she will cry and cry till she makes herself sick. Don't let him have a nap late in the day...it may sound mean but by the time bed time comes he will be so shattered he'll just want a cuddle from his mum and to be nursed. Have you got a door bouncer? I put my daughter in there for half an hour or so before bed time so she can jump around like crazy and tire herself out and then I give her a bath and then a bottle and she will go down.

It may just be a growth spurt and in a week or so he may go back to sleeping normally! Good luck and hope you manage to get some sleep!

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Nicole - posted on 10/06/2009

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Maybe teething? My 91/2 month old just started going through this AGAIN. I've heard that when babies reach milestones (mine just started to crawl) they will practice every chance they get and that's exactly what she does - gets up and whines and crawls around and wants to play. Or, maybe he misses you. Alot of people are against it but try laying down with him and nursing while laying on your side in your bed until he falls asleep. Either way, it won't last forever. Hang in there!

Ashley - posted on 10/06/2009

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Thank you Meagan! I am kind of hoping I see a tooth soon...poor baby drools so much and loves to chomp on mostly my fingers! Althought THAT might stop once he gets his first teeth, haha!

Ashley - posted on 10/06/2009

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Well, he has been teething I think since he was two months old...but this is kind of out of character... I am just trying to tire him out, we went from 2am to midnight last night, so that is an improvement! Not what I want yet, but it's a start I guess!

Melissa - posted on 10/05/2009

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try keeping him up more during the day and about 30 minutes before bed give him a bath and play with him for a bit. That way he will be more ready for sleep when bed time comes. I had a baby that fought sleep really bad when he was little. I also felt like he would trick me cause he would scream but as soon as he seen me by his bed he would start laughing. when nothing else worked I would put a chair right beside his crib and just sit there. sometimes if they can see you they will go ahead and go to sleep and then you can sneak out. There were times Iwould lay my hand on his belly just so he would know I was there and then carefully replace it with a blanket after he fell asleep. I hope this helps.

Candice - posted on 10/05/2009

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my daughter went through a phase or two like this. she still does it occasionally (like 2 nights ago...ugh..what a night). i thought maybe it's insomnia? it's an odd situation. usually i can just say "go back to bed buddy" and she lays back down...but sometimes she's WIDE AWAKE in the middle of the night. since i have a history of insomnia myself...i sort of understand it.



in order to keep myself from going insane, when she's like that i just let her play for an hour and try to put her back to bed.

Ashley - posted on 10/05/2009

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He usually doesn't take a nap, ugh. I don't have a door bouncer...just the regular bouncer (no wheels or anything). I am contemplating giving him a bath...although my luck he will want to play more, haha.

I hope it is a growth spurt!

I think once he does go to sleep...I will only let him sleep for like seven hours (he usually sleeps eight to ten), and maybe that would help...

Thanks for your suggestions!

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