Help! My 8 month old twins are no longer sleeping through the night...

Kimberly - posted on 04/15/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My boys have been good sleepers pretty much since the beginning. Now at 8 months, 1 of my boys refuses to go to sleep when we put him down. It takes at least 2 hours to get him to go to sleep at all, and then he's up about every hour or 2. My boys share a room, so when Dean is up screaming, he is waking Max up too. We've tried letting him cry it out, but it doesn't feel like it's fair to Max, who always ends up screaming too. I don't want to interrupt Max's sleep, but I don't want to keep giving in to Dean either. I've thought about moving Max into our room temporarily, but I don't want to start a problem with him when we put him back into his room. Anyone else run into this problem? Any suggestions? Thanks in advance for the help!

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Kimberly - posted on 04/20/2010

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Thanks for the responses.... it's great to know I'm not alone! He's been doing a little bit better, he's slept through the night 2 out of the last 3 nights without interruption. If he starts up again, Jocelyn I'll try your suggestion. I could set the pack & play up in our office. All the rooms in our house are close together, but at least he'll be a little further away than right next to Max. Thanks again :)

Jocelyn - posted on 04/17/2010

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One of my boys decided he would wake up in the middle of the night and refuse to go back to sleep. They were about 7 months (they started sleeping all night at about 4 months) After trying everything we couldn't figure out what his problem was and he almost always woke his brother after a while. We moved him to our room too but didn't want to get into that habit so I set up a pack and play in the spare room and put him in there when he woke. I put a few stuffed animals in with him so he could entertain himself if he wanted or cry or whatever but he couldn't bother his brother! We did this every night (no joke) for 4 1/2 months. 95% of the time he would go right to sleep and stay sleeping until morning. Everyone always asked me why I didn't just put him in there in the first place. I wanted him to know that his bed is where he should be sleeping. One night something just "switched" inside his head and he slept all night in his crib. That was about a month ago. Now he sleeps 5 out of 7 nights all night in his crib. I don't know why but he's starting to sleep all night again.
I recommend trying this. He can cry it out and not bother his sibling. If you don't have a spare room get creative. We had a guest stay with us for a few weeks so we set the pack and play up in our room but hung a sheet around it (like the curtains in a hospital room) so that he couldn't see us. If he saw us, it was over and he'd scream all night. How big is your closet? Don't shut him in it or anything but if it's big enough for the P&P then put him in there so he's at least by himself. The thing I think that got my son to just go to sleep when I moved him was that he knew once he was in there he was staying there.
I don't know how to get him to stay sleeping but try separating them however you can and let him figure it out! It may sound mean to some people but he has to learn to sleep on his own and better teach him now then when he's 3 and isn't confined to a crib! Good luck

Divya - posted on 04/17/2010

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I have twin baby girls who are 8 months old. They sometimes sleep through the night..sometimes one or the other doesn't..There's no predictable pattern as such..am at a loss about what is to be done..

Carla - posted on 04/16/2010

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I have no advice, I just wanted to tell you that I feel your pain. Exactly the same at my house. My girls are 9 months on the 30th and one sleeps great, the other.....well she does NOT. lol

CHERYL - posted on 04/15/2010

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hi mine are nearly 10 mnths my son started to wake up a couple of times a night at 6mths i put them in seperate rooms so my daughter isnt woken. he still wakes up from time-to-time i never feed him and i just think its a habbit or he is just bored of sleep i hope he grows out of it.

Jennifer - posted on 04/15/2010

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It's "sleep regression" a stage that a lot of kids go through around 9 months give or take and generally goes along with growth spurts (learning milestones, cutting teeth, etc.). We just did the minimum to keep night time as dull as possible. Got them up, changed them, tried to feed them, then put them back down. The hard part is that when one was over it and back to sleeping great, the other would start.



Google "sleep regression 9 months" and you should get a lot of information about it.



http://moxie.blogs.com/askmoxie/2006/02/... is a good article on it~

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