Baby wont sleep

Lp - posted on 11/25/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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HELP!!!!
My son is 3 months old and now insists on being held and bounced in order to sleep. I use to be able to put him down after a few mins when he was not fully asleep yet and he would drift off. Then it became 10 mins, then he had to be totally out and gently laid down. Now if you stop bouncing him or put him down at all he is awake and screaming (not crying, screaming). I made the mistake of reading about 6 baby books and listening to them when they said do whatever it takes to get them sleep because before 6 months of age they can't be spoiled. Well here I am with a spoiled 3 month old who will not sleep, screams all day and has driven me and my husband to our limits. I have tried the CIO method where I start at 5mins, then 8mins, then 10mins and finally 15. But he NEVER stops screaming, gets tired of crying or falls asleep on his own (I have done this for hours and hours). I am need help before I totally lose it and do something like lock the house and just leave and never come back - yes its gotten that bad!

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Charlene - posted on 11/25/2013

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Have you got any family members that can help baby sit for a little while a few times a week?

Like I said, get yourself some automatic rockers/bouncers. I was like that with my Son at the start, he did nothing but scream for hours on end and I'd just cry because nothing I did helped. He wouldn't sleep in anything but his rocker, and that's not healthy.

Try some panadol, just a little bit.
Then if that doesn't work, get a rocker, put him in his room with some repeatitive music.
If that doesn't work, find a family member that has some time to either come over and help you, or you can take him to them and ask to look after so you can come home and get some rest.

Lp - posted on 11/25/2013

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I should add that I have done the CIO for hours upon hours and he never stops crying or falls asleep. His Doctor says he is not teething yet and their is nothing medically wrong with him. But still he requires continuous bouncing or he is screaming at the top of his lungs. I have had several back surgeries and can not continue to hold and bounce him for hours on end. Its gotten to the point that my husband and I don't even like our son anymore, my husband won't even hold him or interact with him because all he does is scream. Really at the end of my limits and need some real help to get through this nightmare.

Charlene - posted on 11/25/2013

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We have the same problem with our Son.

To be honest, it's best to just leave them to cry in their own cots and let them fall asleep on their own. If you keep going back, they will learn that they've got control over you. My Son tries but he tires himself out so much he falls asleep on his own. It's taking a while but the more we leave him, the less time it takes for him to fall asleep.

Keep in mind, he might be teething. Try some baby panadol, it helps babies sleep as well as takes away the pain. There is no harm in giving your son a little bit to help him sleep. You never know, you might find that he's only screaming because something is hurting, and you bouncing comforts the pain. get a rocker or bouncer that rocks/bounces by itself. They'rea a little more expensive, but they are so worth the money.

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