sleeping and teething?

Heather - posted on 03/31/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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my daughter is 6 months old on the 7th april, and has been sleeping through (for the most part) for a few months now.

The past week or so, shes just simply refusing to sleep when we try to put her to bed where it had previously been a great routine that we never vary from...bath, feed, bed. I usually cuddle her a little and then put her into her cot, where she'll settle herself., but the last few nights its been awful.

Last night there was ltterally nothing more that we could think of to do, she had cuddles, feeds, gripewater, a little calpol (just in case) and then eventually we had to let her cry herself to sleep which took a further 2 hours with me and her dad camped outside her bedroom door practically holding our breath .

Ive heard that teething can disrupt sleeping patterns, and we're expecting teething any time now , but has this happened to anyone else, or does anyone think it could be anything other than teething? is there anything I can do, because Id rather do anything than let her cry herself to sleep :( any suggestions would be appreciated :)

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Molly - posted on 04/05/2010

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My daughter will be 6 months on the17th of May. She started this not sleeping through the night thing as well. Where as before she was perfect sleeping 9pm to 9am. I got advice from the doctor and the ladies at my mothers group and breastfeeding group. Turns out that she was just ready to start eating more foods. I had been breastfeeding exclusively. I have started her on some baby rice and introducing slowly some vegetables and fruits. This seems to have helped cut down on the amount of times she is waking through the night. (this advice was from the doctor and mom's groups we go to.)

The doctor also said it is time for her to be in her own room and there are several methods that you can use for this. This had helped tremendosly as well. II hope that you can get back to your sleepful nights and things start getting better for you. Hope this information helps.

Natasha - posted on 04/03/2010

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hey my little man is almost 6month on the 9th and has 6 teeth we have been lucky and it hasnt effected his sleepin much but with the first 2 top teeth he wasnt happy at all but we gave him panadol when he was running a temp and this one nite he woke up and then wanted to be on me all nite i did let him sleep with us but im rite against that bit then we gave him bonjela and he settled right down some ppl say dont give bonjela and all that but when speaking to all the older mothers and my mum they did it to all of us and we turned out okay and the other thing i did my little boy played up when they were trying to cut through the gum so i gave him rusks. i always sit with him when he has it and some times it made them bleed but never hurt him and always the next day they cut through. my little man is both breast and formula feed and has solids but all i can say is work with her and just go with the flow i had an unsettle nite and went against everything i said i wouldnt do but now he is back in his own routine and its like it neva happened.

Patrizia - posted on 04/03/2010

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My girl is teething and instead of going to sleep at 7pm she is now falling asleep at around 9 pm, it is frustrating but there is not much we can do. She sleeps with us and I am breastfeeding, therefore I lay her down, feed her and she was usually going to sleep the last 2 weeks or so she just fusses , cries and don't want to sleep.
I am just with her, let her do her thing and when she feels like eating or sleeping again I help her and eventually she sleeps.
Because she is in our bed I don't have to get up, as soon as she moves a little I feed her and she falls asleep and I do too. That happens around 11 pm and 5 am.
I have only troubles putting her to sleep I hope the first tooth will come soon grrr. I can't wait.

Christina - posted on 03/31/2010

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I'm going through something similar with my daughter right now. Her pediatrician is fairly certain it's only teething, but it can be frustrating and tiresome, not to mention heartwrenching. Up until 4 weeks ago my daughter slept through the night, and now we struggle to put her to sleep and to keep her down for the first 2 hours. And then she's up every 1-3 hours all night long. We give her some Tylenol about 30 minutes before we plan on putting her to bed, and feed her right before we put her down. Feeding her and holding her while we do so usually has her conked out in our arms. Putting her in her crib is usually easy enough, but she does wake up every 15-30 minutes for the first 2 hours she's down. However, we just go in and pick her up before she wakes herself up all of the way and rock and shush her back to sleep. As long as she's had her Tylenol before bed, she'll conk back out within 5 minutes. It's a back and forth process, but I find it works much better than making her cry it out.

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