how do i get my 8 month old to be less attached to me and to stop crying all the time and sleep better at night?
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At 8 months, it's perfectly normal for your baby to be very attached to you. It can be a challenge, but the best thing to do is let him or her be attached for now -- it will make it easier in the long run! There are times when you'll be able to put him/her down with no problems, and times he/she will cry just for a couple of minutes and then be okay. Great! But there are other times when the baby will keep crying...and those are the times when it's good to give a little extra attention. I did this with my baby, and now she's an extremely independent 4-year-old. Just remember at 8 months they still have needs they cannot express, and a lot of times that just means they need the comfort and familiarity of mom.
Carrie - posted on 10/31/2008
It sounds like teething, or hitting a new milestone, etc. When my little guy was learning to roll over, walk,etc. his sleep suddenly was AWFUL. He just wanted to practice non stop, or else snuggle with me and sleep on my chest. Once he mastered the skill it got better again. Hope she's feeling like herself again soon.
I didn't mean to make any assumptions. I didn't have all the info. :) Yes, 8 times a night does seem a lot. Other people have said it might be teething, and that does sound about right. I did give my baby baby Tylenol every once in awhile when she was having trouble sleeping because of teething. Once in awhile is okay. Is she sleeping in your bed with you? And has she just started waking up so much or has it been going on for awhile? Because it could also be GERD (reflux). If it's been going on for awhile you might want to talk to a doctor.
Catherine - posted on 10/30/2008
I have a 10mt old and a 2.5 yrs old and BOTH did exactly the same thing. I just figured the were clinging to me since I am home all day with them and dad only see them for a few hrs at night. As for the sleeping, I would like to know the answer to that as well :) Devon, my oldest, didn't sleep through the night til a week after his 1st birthday (I can still remember the date lol ) and Justin, my youngest, is so far on the same route.
Laney - posted on 10/30/2008
Is she eating anything other than breastmilk? I found that two of my kids slept better if I gave them a solid snack before bedtime (it didn't matter with the other two).
As far as getting her to be more independent, do you do playdates regularly? Or take her places where there are things for her to do on her own? Can you take a night off every week and have her dad spend one-on-one time with her?
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