pregnant again and 1 year old not sleeping

Ashley - posted on 12/30/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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i recently found out i'm pregnant again. we were not trying but are still very happy:) my 1 year old is not sleeping through the night:( he'll have great nights where he'll sleep from 9-9 but the majority of the time he's up quite a few times, he doesn't have a bottle anymore so it's not cuz he's hungry. i don't know what i'm gonna do when i have to getting my up at night. i've tried everything with my son a night light, no night light, a fan, music, even me rocking him and he'll go to sleep he just doesn't stay asleep. i just really need to find something to get him to sleep all night before the baby gets here in august

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Ashley - posted on 01/02/2010

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thank you all for your wonderful advice. i decided one night to let him cry it out to go to bed and he cried for all of 5 minutes and slept all night from 9-9:) i've been doing that now and it's been amazing. he did get up last night but he went right back to sleep, so for now letting him cry it out has helped a ton though i will remember all of this wonderful advice for my next one:)

Julie - posted on 01/02/2010

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hi there, i am preg again too! and we were not trying as well !
hoping you find something , maybe by august, it won't be an issue

Hanna - posted on 01/02/2010

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Our fourth child is now 13months and he´s onlyone who hasn´t slept good. Other children have slept whole night since 6months old. He only sleep with me, and close. I think it´s only some kind of growing period. I hope so... I´m also pregnant (16weeks) and tired sometimes, but it´s getting better! Congratulations for your pregnancy! Hanna

Christina - posted on 01/01/2010

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My daughter Jenna started sleeping all night FINALLY at 11 months...She turned 1 on Nov. 27th. She also makes noises at night sometimes and I just let her work through it without intervention. One thing I did to get her to sleep all night was I filled her 8 oz bottle with 5 oz. whole milk and 3 oz. whole milk Keifer( an organic liquid unsweetened yogurt). This seemed to work keeping her belly full for 8 hours. Good luck~

Caitlin - posted on 12/31/2009

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I was told night waking at this age is quite normal, the seperation anxiety stage can start between 12-18 months. My daughter has little bouts of it on and off, I find a routine is great and she finds comfort in it, if she cries more than a minute or two, I go in, pick her up, rick her for about 30 seconds, kiss her and put her back down in her crib, say goodnight and leave. She usually continues to cry, and it's hard to wait before I go back, I usually wait between 10-15 minutes, depending on the cry (if it's frantic I go back, because then it's usually teething issues) if I go back I do the exact same thing, and repeat until she goes to sleep. When I first started to do this, it took 2-3 hours to get her back to sleep, which was really long, but worth it in the long run, she's been pretty good at sleeping through the night from about 9 months old.

Congrats on the new baby! We've got our next one due March 1, and we're excited as well! I can tell you the sleeping through the night helps a lot later in pregnancy!

Jamie - posted on 12/31/2009

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Oh, another idea (just read your previous post) What about moving his crib in your room next to your bed, so that he can see you and is not scared? Another idea.... is he getting close to walking? Whenever my kids got close to a developmental milestone, they would get all out of whack and would wake at night to "practice". They also had similar problems to what you describe when they were going through a major growth spurt. Just about when I was ready to pull my hair out, it stopped. When he's waking, if he's wanting to play, just make sure you are not interacting/playing with him so that he sees waking up at night is not fun.

Jamie - posted on 12/31/2009

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I'd check for signs of teething, ear infection, etc..... It's hard, but at the same time, that is pretty normal for a baby. They don't have our sleeping patterns, no matter how hard we want them to! I would just not stress it. Keep being there for him when he wakes. It will pass. I also recommend reading The No Cry SLeep Solution by Elizabeth Pantly. It's a great resource on getting them to gently sleep longer :). Good luck!

Ashley - posted on 12/30/2009

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thank you so much for your advice. he was sleeping through the night at 7 weeks and at 6 months he got a double ear infection and stopped and hasn't really been sleeping through the night since. the week of chirstmas he slept til 9 am:) but now he's back to getting up all hours of the night. last night he wen to bed at 9 woke up at 12:30 and didn't go back to bed until 4:30 and then was up at 7. every time i leave the room he screams like he's scared and i can' t let him cry, we live with my parents and they both work full time and if he cries then they don't sleep either. thanks again and hopefully something will get him to sleep through the night again.

Jayme - posted on 12/30/2009

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My daughter still won't sleep through the night either. We've tried everything. I did not want to do the let her cry it out approach but nothing else works. I will go in her room and make sure shes ok and lay her back down but I don't get her out of the crib I just make sure shes ok lay her down cover her back up, let her know mommys still her and then I leave. We've been doing this for a few nights now and shes been able to put herself to sleep after alittle while crying. Its getting less and less time every night. I don't know if this is the best way. But sooner or later mommy and daddy need sleep too. Both me and my husband work full time and we are exhausted getting up all night. You especially need sleep if you have another on the way

Irina - posted on 12/30/2009

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Congrats to you! We're trying for a second one now.

My daughter (born nov 24'08) has been letting me sleep through the night since 11 month old. She still wakes up time to time to roll over and get comfy, during which time she might babble or even cry a bit if she woke up unexpectedly, but she settles back down within seconds. I'm not telling you to let him cry-it-out, that's a terrible approach that makes them feel abandoned, but see if he will settle down on his own after being awake for a bit. My daughter always sleeps with 2 or 3 plush toys, she cuddles with them all night long. It's quite funny. Good luck to you with this one and the new baby.

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