Tracy - posted on 06/19/2010 ( 21 moms have responded )
Hi everyone. I'm looking for any advice you may have on some sleep issues I'm having with my son.
He has always been quite a good night time sleeper, and got even better about a month ago when he started (finally!) taking a nap in the day time. He goes down without a fuss at about 7pm, and doesn't wake up for a night feed.
The problem I'm having now is that he wakes up quite early (between 5 and 5:30) and will not go back to sleep. Most days this isn't a huge deal, since I get up for work at 5:45. But then there are the days when he'll wake up between 2 and 4, and will NOT go back to sleep. My husband and I have tried everything we can think of:
- Change him
- Don't change him
- Give him a bottle
- Feed him
- Leave him in his crib at first (until he's pretty much in hysterics, at which point it just seems cruel to leave him any longer)
- Bring him into our bed
- Put him back in his crib and let him cry (again, until it seems cruel to leave him any longer)
- Walk him
- Sing to him
- Take him for a drive
When he is out of our bed or his crib, he is happy and bubbly and just wants to play. It's only when we try to get him to sleep that he gets upset. Right now, he's playing happily on the floor with his toys. It's almost 5am, and he's been up since 3:20.
Sorry for the length of this message, I just wanted to try to be clear about what he and we are doing :)
Thanks for any suggestions you may be able to give :)
PS - We've tried putting him to bed later, but he either gets up at the same time, or even earlier.