Sleeping patterns have changed! :o(

Monica - posted on 02/09/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My little Alexia started sleeping right through the night from 4 months... at 10 months she got an ear infection and was up for 2 nights without sleeping... now she seems to have changed her sleeping pattern since then and is waking up 2 to 3 times a night sometimes...Is this normal? How can I get her back to sleeping through the night?

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Ez - posted on 02/10/2010

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Babies' routines and patterns change regularly, whether it be due to illness, teething, holidays etc. It's normal for that to happen. My daughter slept through the night from birth, and 12 hrs by 8 weeks, but that all changed when she started teething at around 6 months. Suddenly I was getting up over ten times a night, either to feed her, cuddle her or just put her dummy back in.

When you say your daughter is waking, do you mean you are getting her up? Or can you settle her while still in her cot? If she's waking just for her dummy I don't think 2-3 times is unusual. There are many nights my daughter calls out because she can't find her dummy. But if she is wanting to be fed, or you have to get her up to settle her, you probably should look into ways of resettling her while still in her cot. You may get people suggesting you let her Cry It Out, but I don't agree with that method. Whether she is waking out of need or habit, she still needs your assistance in finding a way to get back to sleep. Letting her cry herself back to sleep will not teach her anything except that you won't come when she needs you.

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Chantal - posted on 02/17/2010

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i cannot get him to sleep in his own bed in his own room at all. he sleeps in a pack and play in my bed room i finally got him to wear he will a few nights ago so co sleeping is over!!!

Katie - posted on 02/12/2010

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routine, routine, routine! lol. My 5 year old daughter slept through the night from 6 weeks on, never looking back. She's still a great sleeper and sleeps from 7p.m. to 7 a.m. every night. My 12 month old son is MUCH different though. He did not sleep through the night ALL night until 11 months. We finally found a bedtime routine that works for him, and now he falls asleep very easily and if he does wake up, he puts himself back to sleep! We have dinner with 8 ounces of milk around 6 p.m. then we have a bath with Johnson's bedtime calming bath. Then we sing songs while we put lotion, pajamas, brush hair. Then we read a quick calming bedtime book, I cuddle him for 5 minutes while singing softly to him, then I lay him down between 7:20 and 8 depending on how many naps he's had that day. Just be sure your baby gets plenty of time to wear himself out during the day and that should work! Good luck!!

Ez - posted on 02/11/2010

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Monica ~ good for you for sticking to your guns with the CIO thing. It goes against our instincts (or some of ours) for a reason! I know it's hard and frustrating when you're sleep-deprived, but it has always been worth it to me to know that my daughter's needs for comfort are met :)

Chantal ~ you said you tried co-sleeping with your baby but it didn't seem to work? But then in this last post you said he would only settle in bed with you. Do you like co-sleeping? Or are you wanting to encourage him to sleep in his own bed?

Chantal - posted on 02/11/2010

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he can he just wont. he does some. but i think he would rather crawl cause he can flat dig it. lol,,, well lastnight kaleb wakes up in his room right when im about to lay down i tryed everything i gave him a bottle i patted his back and nothing he stood up and started SCREAMING the only thing that stoped him was me picking him up and i knew if i would have sit down and rocked him he would have woke up and we would have been up until 6 this morning. so i put him in bed with me and he went to sleep but i dont understand why he is screaming through the night could it be cause he knows daddy is at work??

Monica - posted on 02/11/2010

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Alexia is also turning 1 on the 17th! I know it is not easy. She has a 1 year check up with the doc on Wed and I will also ask him for suggestions...If he tells me anything useful, I will certainly let you know. In the meantime be strong... Is he walking already?

Monica - posted on 02/11/2010

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Hi Erin
She literaly stands up in her cot and will not stop crying until she is picked up, what we usually do is we pick her up for a minute to calm her down and then lay her back down in her cot, give her some water or milk depending on what she wants, sometimes she seems to calm down other times I have to pick her up for longer...She doesn't have a dummy, at 3 months she just didn't want it anymore, I tried to give it to her to see if it soothes her but she doesn't want it at all. I don't agreee with letting her cry it out, my husband seems to think it would help but it breaks my heart and I cannot bring myself to do it. Thank you for your advice I suppose its a process of trial and error and hopefuly it will all fall into place... :o)

Chantal - posted on 02/10/2010

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he will be one the 17th ive tried the co sleeping cause my doctor recommended it cause he thinks it could have been where me and my husband split up when he was 6 months old and we didnt get back together until he was 10 months but the co sleeping dont really make a differance. i dont really know why he is doing it ive took him to the doctor over it and he just said its a stage but who knows

Vanessa - posted on 02/10/2010

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my son started doing that aswell and we also think its partially cause of the new baby but all we do is grab him half a bottle of milk and toss him inbetween us in bed...he will drink his bottle and once its gone we take him back to his crib kiss him goodnight and tell him we will see him in the morning he looks at us as we cover him up then he goes back to sleep once we leave the room..the 1st few times he kept waking up now he pretty much sleeps all through the night again only waking up 1-2 times a week.

Monica - posted on 02/10/2010

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Hi Chantal, Is this your first baby? How old is he?
It's a nightmare, I really don't know what to do... I've even thought of taking her to sleep next to me but am worried she will get used to that... :o(

Chantal - posted on 02/10/2010

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my kaleb does the same thing. and when he does go to sleep its forever in the morning =/ im not use to this and it kills me that me and him pretty much sleep through the day

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