HELP 4 SLEEPLESS NIGHTS!!

Bianca - posted on 05/19/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

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HI,M A NEW MUM TO A 6MONTH OLD BEAUTIFUL BABY BOY. HE IS AN ABSOLUTE DREAM DURING THE DAY,BUT AT NIGHT HE MOANS AND CRIES IN HIS COT,ONCE TAKEN OUT AND PUT IN BED ITS A BIT BETTER. PLZ HELP NEED ADVICE ITS AFFECTING MY RELATIONSHIP WITH MY BOYFRIEND!

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Mel - posted on 05/19/2009

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oh gosh leave him to CIO Bianca. hes 6 months he can handle it do not let it affect your relationship, as this will just give you more stress and you dont need that. he will learn they say it takes about a week but he will cry less and less each night. sometimes you got to do whats best for you and baby and help you both to settle down and him by himself in the cot :)

Bianca - posted on 05/19/2009

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Hi. My son was like that i was told but the early childhood nurses lots of people thinks if they have less sleep during the day they will sleep during the night as they feed all day they will think they need feeding all night etc. i beleved that as well but found that different with my son who will be 7mths next wednesday he ended up sleeping all night at the age of 2mths! There is light at the end of the tunnel

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Emma - posted on 05/21/2009

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iv tried the cereal and baby rice but still nothing i put him in his cot for all hs naps today and he cried but went to sleep and iv also given him a bit more food than usaul today so im hopin that will help, thanks for all the advice

Hollie - posted on 05/21/2009

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Have you tried to give him cereal in his bottle? It works like a dream. I started with my little girl at 2 weeks old and she has slept all night since then. Let me know if you would like more info!!

Erin - posted on 05/21/2009

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What worked with us was a very stricked routine of bath bottle and bed the three b's my little man has slept through the night since he was bout 4 1/2 months i used control cry now he goes to bed at 730 and wakes up at 730-8. if he wakes during the night i wait at least 15 min and 9 times out of 10 he goes back to sleep on his own. if not he has a night light sound mobile that i turn on which destracts his mind onto it and he falls back to sleep on his own i only will ever get him out of his cot if he is screaming really bad give him a quick cuddle dont talk or make eye contact put him down and walk out and it works! i dont know if im just lucky but he has been a good sleeper from when i started this. Good luck.

Emma - posted on 05/21/2009

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glad im not the only one wel after another restless night iv decided that i have come to the conclusion i have to be cruel to be kind and im going to let him cry it out all this waking up hes doing cant be doing him any good so a few nights of crying i am hoping will help. Did u keep him up all day?? I gave tyler a nap this morning i usually bounce him to sleep but i thought id put him in his cot and let him cry it out, he cried 4 20 mins the worst 20mins ever but he went 2 sleep and slept 4 10mins longer doesnt sound much i know but im hoping its a start. I give him supper at 5 a bath at 5.50 and milk just before he goes into his cot.I also use Johnsons bedtime bath bubbles, wash, shampoo and body lotion so cant get any calmer than that really. I just think he has got into bad habbits wel i kno its bad habbit really he used to sleep thro the night from 7weeks til about 3 months and then he started waking up so i ended up putting him in bed with us........about a month ago maybe longer i struggled for about a week and got him back in his cot ands that where he sleeps now. But i think my biggest problem right from when he was born as soon as he made any noise i comforted him

Bianca - posted on 05/20/2009

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hey emma,i knw da feelin,ive tried leavin him to cry it does help nw and again, but like u said they put up a big fuss so u cnt do it. my baby the same he gets up every half to an hour 4 no reason. i give him a bottle at 10 and then again at 1,he baths bout 4:30 and has some porridge at 6:30 wit some milk after. i tried keepin him up yesterday, seems to work, he slept without moanin,yippeeeeeee!

Holly - posted on 05/20/2009

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well if he is taling a late nap i would stop ,may push a little earilyer ,my son is 20 1/2 months and still wakes up now adn thean .what is the boy eating for dinner ?if my son dont want to eat is ok to but i put bbay rice in a bottle and give it to him i know a little old for bottle but he was just verry verry sick and he only gets one 2 times daily nap and bed ...have you taken him to a doctor laeley he might have a small ear infection or may be teething .teething tabulets work well kinda pricey but well worth the $ ..try may be a nice warm bath and rub down with calming lotion and hold rock read a book ,nice warm bottle with some baby rice !!should be off to bed ...if you know that all is ok with him cleen diaper shouldnt be hungry let him cry for a bit i was told for how ever old they were let them cry i know its tireing listening to him cry but it will be ok ....good luck stay calm

Emma - posted on 05/20/2009

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well i think i will try that it its gonna be hard but hopefully worth it gonna start 2moro night, his belly is always full and i dont think he can sleep any less in the day really, thanks 4 the advice x

Jennifer - posted on 05/20/2009

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My little girl was terrible at around 5 months (after being fab upto that point), i lived on my own with her and had to work full time and found that i just couldn't function without sleep, so i went to my sister for advice, who has 4 children, all of whom slept through from a few months old. This is the advice she gave me and after a few weeks it worked and i now tell everyone who has the same problem:



Routine is very important so always do the same thing every night...mine was play, bath, bottle, story, bed. Also if you do have to go into your little one's room, do not speak to him, it's hard but it will let him know that this is bed time and not time to be with mummy. Also leave the gaps by which you go in his room longer each time, say leave him cry for 5 mins before going in, then 10 etc etc. For the first few days it took me an hour and a half to get my little girl to stop crying but after that it gradually went down day by day as she learnt that i wasn't going to go in there straight away. After only a few weeks she was fine and sleeping through from 7 till 6:30. The points that other people have made about sleeping less during the day and having a full belly are, i feel, quite important too.



I hope this helps you like it did me.



Good luck, i have my fingers crossed for you :-)

Hazell - posted on 05/20/2009

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i found best johnsons do a bedtime baby bubble bath and lotion i used that before bed but my twins hated being in there cot as it was big so i used to roll up towels an lay along side then to make them feel more secure at night and that worked wonders hope this helps good luck

Nicola - posted on 05/20/2009

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Is it all the time? Coz my bub slept through from about 8 weeks and has given me a few sleepless nights lately coz her teeth are coming through, maybe hes getting some teeth, give it a few more days they might come through, if not try what other mum's have suggested

Emma - posted on 05/20/2009

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i have tried and tried to make him nap longer than that but its impossible he also has to be bounced to sleep for his naps. Yeah he is over tired but i have found that as long as i can get him into his cot by 6.30 hel put himself to sleep any later than that and there are tears. I have tried the dummy thing but he cant manage to put it in byhimself yet so this results in me putting it in his mouth up 2 10 times a night. Also im not sure wether hes waking up for milk in the night out of habbit, he has 3meals a day and approx 4 70z bottles a day so surely he cant still be hungry

Jenni - posted on 05/20/2009

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To Emma, I think he may actually be over tired when you put him to bed at night. Our doc told us that letting them nap any less than 45 minutes at a time does more harm than good. They have to sleep at least for 45 minutes to get any of the restful cycle of sleep that they need. Also, have you tried putting several pacifiers around him? He may be waking up and getting angry that it may have fallen out during sleep. Giving him several will ensure that one is always within reach, and it may help him soothe himself back to sleep.

Emma - posted on 05/20/2009

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hey i have the same problem by baby boy is 6and a half months old hes sooo good in the day doesnt sleep much in the day half hour here and there, at night i give him a bath bottle and then he goes into his cot-he puts himself to sleep but wil wake every half hour or so until about half 9 and then wakes for milk once in the night, and he also just wakes for nothing and sometimes he is hard to settle back putting him in bed seems to settle him and we both get sleep. I have tried leaving him cry but he gets in such a state. I have kinda toughed it out before as he used to go to sleep pushed in his pram every night but id enough and just put him in his cot one night and kept doing it at first id stroke his head rub his tummy but now i put him down and walk out of the room.he didn cause to much of a fuss doing this but now when he fusses between 7pm and 9.30pm iv tried lettin him cry but he gets in such a state

Bianca - posted on 05/20/2009

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tanx a stack everyone, will try everytin most definitely! i love being a mum, its great but can be a lil frustrating at times! i will be asking for a whole lot more advise, im glad to see that almost everyone had the same prob. and i feel much beta knowing that. will update to let everyone knw how it is goig tanx!!!

Jenni - posted on 05/19/2009

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He may just not like his cot, if he's better in his crib. It may not be comfortable for him. Each baby is different. As far as sleep scheduling goes. If it helps, my son started weaning off the day sleep. He naps for 2-3 hours during the day, and sleeps about 12-14 hours overnight. I'm sorry, I'm probably not much help, he started sleeping through the night at 1 month.

Bianca - posted on 05/19/2009

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im sorry melissa but that is what i found work with my son who is now up to have 2 sleeps a day which are 2hrs long. but each child is different and need different care. sorry but i was just sayin what helped me

Katrina - posted on 05/19/2009

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Hi, i am not sure what you can do. I agree with Jessica on her points, less sleep in the day may help at night, maybe a nice warm relaxing bath also before bed then followed by a warm bottle......!! My baby does not sleep much in the day but goes well at night, does not sleep through but sleeps from about 7:30-8pm to 5am......! We give bath, bottle,bed.......and lots of play!!



Good Luck :)

Jessica - posted on 05/19/2009

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Welcome to parenthood. Babies unfortunately don't sleep right through the night. Those sleepless nights are hard but we all go through them.



Some tips to help him sleep a bit longer are:



How much does he play during the day? If he sleeps lots during the day then he's going to sleep less at night. When he's up during the day try keeping him awake just a little bit longer might help him to sleep a bit better at night. Also making sure he is eating well during the day could help him sleep better at night too. Is he on solids yet? If not talk to your health worker about starting him on some. Vegies are a good starting point when introducing solids. If his tummy is full he is more likely to sleep better.



I sure hope you and your boyfriend get some sleep too but this shouldn't affect your relationship as he is just a baby and what's happening is no one's fault. If you find he is awake a lot at night and you don't think it's right you could go see your local health worker.



Hope you can get some sleep soon.

Jessica - posted on 05/19/2009

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Welcome to parenthood. Babies unfortunately don't sleep right through the night. Those sleepless nights are hard but we all go through them.



Some tips to help him sleep a bit longer are:



How much does he play during the day? If he sleeps lots during the day then he's going to sleep less at night. When he's up during the day try keeping him awake just a little bit longer might help him to sleep a bit better at night. Also making sure he is eating well during the day could help him sleep better at night too. Is he on solids yet? If not talk to your health worker about starting him on some. Vegies are a good starting point when introducing solids. If his tummy is full he is more likely to sleep better.



I sure hope you and your boyfriend get some sleep too but this shouldn't affect your relationship as he is just a baby and what's happening is no one's fault. If you find he is awake a lot at night and you don't think it's right you could go see your local health worker.



Hope you can get some sleep soon.

Jessica - posted on 05/19/2009

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Welcome to parenthood. Babies unfortunately don't sleep right through the night. Those sleepless nights are hard but we all go through them.



Some tips to help him sleep a bit longer are:



How much does he play during the day? If he sleeps lots during the day then he's going to sleep less at night. When he's up during the day try keeping him awake just a little bit longer might help him to sleep a bit better at night. Also making sure he is eating well during the day could help him sleep better at night too. Is he on solids yet? If not talk to your health worker about starting him on some. Vegies are a good starting point when introducing solids. If his tummy is full he is more likely to sleep better.



I sure hope you and your boyfriend get some sleep too but this shouldn't affect your relationship as he is just a baby and what's happening is no one's fault. If you find he is awake a lot at night and you don't think it's right you could go see your local health worker.



Hope you can get some sleep soon.

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