HELP!!! i am turning into a sleep deprived zombie!!!!!

Maya - posted on 08/14/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 5 months old baby boy wakes 5 to 6 times a night. He is not hungry, he is pretty happy during the day; there is no obvious reason. It's driving me bananas. Any ideas????

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Mikkii - posted on 08/16/2009

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i've learned that the best thing that works for me is if pattrik doesn't self settle after about 15 or 20 minutes to go in and pick him up and change him and check if he's hungry but i DO NOT talk to him. Your voice can stimulate them to want to stay awake. it's very hard at first to not talk to your crying/fussing baby, but if i give him bit of a cuddle and then lay him back down he's usually fine and will go right back to sleep. we also have a very regimented and set bedtime schedule so it's pretty rare that he wakes up much during the night and doesn't self-settle

Jackie - posted on 08/16/2009

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When he wakes up, how long does he cry for? Do you pick him up right away? Babies need to learn to settle them selves back to sleep. If you pick them up everytime they make a sound, they will never learn to sleep soundly. It sucks, but try letting him cry it out. I would say let him cry for about 10 minutes...he might cry himself back to sleep. I know of friends whose doctors told them by this age they should be able to sleep through the night so you need to let them cry it out. It may sound like horrible advice, but it won't hurt trying. You need sleep girl!!

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3 words for you.....SAVE OUR SLEEP, by Tizzie Hall. Not being funny and i NEVER thought i'd ever be a text book mum....but.... i love this book, it gave me my life back after my first one was born.

i now have my 11wk old startin the routine and i'm starting to get more sleep.

Go to www.saveoursleep.com trust me try it, stick it out for a least a month, u won't look back i promise.

my 1st started on it at 4mths and my nephew at 9 1/2mths, i doesn't matter when you start,,,,just start. you won't look back.

Victoria - posted on 08/15/2009

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try swaddling him under his arms. I swaddle my son so he has that secure feeling like when they were born but his hands are free so if he does wake up he can suck his hands or i put a little toy in his crib and that usually works. He usually sleeps through the night or will get up once at like 4am.good luck.

Ammie - posted on 08/15/2009

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Self settling is like controlled crying, but it depends on what works for him, you could try a strict bed time routine ( if you don't do that already!). he might just want a cuddle, which is usually what my little girl wants, when he wakes up, don't turn any lights on or say anything to him, just pick him up out of his cot, settle him back to sleep and put him straight back down, that seems to work with mine as shes teething at the moment, it will take a while and it does drive you mad, but it won't last forever! or failing that if he's not on solids already maybe try a bit of baby rice before he goes to bed?

User - posted on 08/15/2009

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is he teething? they could be starting to move in the gums. Try and let him learn to self settle if he is not sick or hungry.

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