not sleeping like he used to...help!

Amber - posted on 07/14/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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my 4 month old son used to sleep in his crib for at least 7 hours then he would be up for a bottle, but for the past 3 weeks he has been only sleeping for 2 hours at a time, like when he was a newborn. I think he may be teething, but doesnt seem to be in pain now, but was when the bad sleep habits started. I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this and has any advice. Thanks :)

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Katie - posted on 07/25/2010

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my daughter is doin exactly de same thing she goes 2 bed easily bt wakes several times during the night she is teething bt doesnt seem in pain during de day just seems 2 b at night wen der relaxed most ive been recently using ashtin & parsons infants powders and touch wood they seem 2 do de treack i give it 2 her just before i put her down in her bad and it lasts for quite a few hours bt she sleeps ryt thru x hope this helps and good luck to you xx

Kaylie - posted on 07/23/2010

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my daughter would sleep from about 9 at night till 9 in the morning. now that shes teething she wakes up anywhere between 5 and 7. she doesnt seem to be in any pain either but she still wakes up early. i just got used to her schedule then she switched it up on me and now we're both all messed up. shes 5 months old.

Michelle - posted on 07/21/2010

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Its normal for babies to start waking during the night at around 5 months because they are hungry perhaps yours is starting early. Try giving a cereal meal in the evenings see if that helps.

Amber - posted on 07/19/2010

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Thanks for all the advice..it was very helpful. I think some of it has to do with the fact that he does want to be close to me or his father because I can lay him down with me and he goes right back to sleep, but wont in his crib. He has been getting better and I just need to stay strong and keep a routine. But thanks again!

Tracey - posted on 07/17/2010

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Something that I don't think anyone mentioned is that your baby may be overstimulated during the day; this can cause sleep problems at night. I spend a good hour winding my Caiden down before bed time. We do a simple bed bath, lotion (i use johnsons with lavendar scent that is supposed to help babies sleep better), massage, we rock quietly until he's ready to eat, feed him, read his bedtime story and put him down. His teething did not interrupt his sleep habits, but if he seemed to be in pain i gave him baby advil at night, not tylenol. it lasts longer and has an antiinflammatory too. Also, try increasing his daytime feedings. 3 weeks is a long time to have been going through that and doesn't seem attributable to a growth spurt or teething :( hope you're getting along OK, hang in there!

Kelly - posted on 07/15/2010

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This seems to be a fairly normal occurrence, and there seems to be a variety of reasons that can contribute. Some of the ones I have heard are:
1-Teething-when they lay down it puts extra pressure on their jaw causing greater discomfort
2-growth spurts-they need the extra feeding for growth
3-Attachment to you-at this age they may be waking up because they want to be near you. As hard as it is when you are used to getting more sleep, it is a good thing because it shows how strong your relationship is with your child. It means that you are appropriately stimulating them and they want more!

My son went through the same thing. He had been sleeping 10-12 hours a night and then suddenly for a couple weeks he would wake up 1-2 times a night. He has now gone back to sleeping through the night again. I just made sure that we kept up with the same bedtime routine we always did, and if he did need a bottle to go back to sleep overnight, then I just gave him a quick bottle with only the light of the night light-changed his diaper in the dark too, didn't talk or stimulate him, and then he would go right back down. Good luck! It will pass!

Heather - posted on 07/15/2010

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My daughter did that, she used to sleep for at least 8 hours straight a night and nbow she has trouble going to sleep and screams and only sleeps for about 2 hours at a time.
She is getting better now because I am trying baby orajel (the nighttime one is stronger than the daytime one) and I got "little tummys gas relief drops" Those drops seem to work better than any type of gripe water or tummy soother.
Your child could have a belly ache or is still really hungry, or teething.
I did the orajel, the gas relief drops, and I started feeding my daughter cereal, or vegetables before bed, she sleeps longer now, so one of them three are helping her a lot.
I hope this helps =]

Lindsey - posted on 07/15/2010

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My guess is that if he's not teething, he's going through a growth spurt and is requiring more feeding because of it. :)

Melissa - posted on 07/14/2010

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Hi there, my son started the same thing around 3 1/2 months He would sleep 7-9 hours straight, wake and eat and then sleep usually the rest of the night. I am exhausted and so is he. I have read that babies 1. have so much development going on at around 4-6 months that it is hard for them to sleep and 2. They start getting into a more adult like sleep pattern.



There could be many reasons why he's not sleeping though. Teething, hitting a milestone (rolling over/crawling etc), lonely, or used to you putting him back to sleep( my sons problem, he whines I come and and rock him to sleep.)



The only suggestion I have is to start some sort of sleep training with him. That way he can learn to soothe himself back to sleep. There are many options, cry it out, no cry method, assisted cry. It is a personal choice you have to make. I am trying The sleep Easy Solution starting Saturday (after I have weaned him off night feed).



I hope maybe I have helped. Good luck

Sarah - posted on 07/14/2010

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I wish I had some advice. My daughter is doing the same thing. She slept through the night from the time she was 1 month and then in the last 3-4 weeks she doesnt go to sleep as easily and she wakes up several times a night...Ugh! It is a little comforting to know that Im not the only one going through this! I have kept her bedtime routine the same bath, lotion/massage bottle, Bed. All I know is that its her teething. She has had one tooth pop through already and this is when the sleepless nights started. Im PRAYING she gets back to normal and soon. Ihope some Mommy's on here have some good advice :) Good Luck to you!!

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