Emma - posted on 02/03/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )
Can anyone offer any advice or just simply share their experiences with this?
My son is now 16 weeks old. Lately his sleep seems to have gotten worse. There was a glorious point in time ( a few weeks around Christmas) where he frequently slept 6-8 hrs straight a night, woke for a feeding then went down for another 2-3 hrs. Lately he's started waking in the middle of the night, often having pooped (he never used to do this in the night before) and then again at 4-5 (I usually feed him for about 45 mins to an hour when he wakes), then 6-7. It doesn't happen every night. Some nights he manages a long stretch of 5 hours, sometimes 7 but it's just so sporadic now and the pooping in the night is new (he's also pooping less in the day).
He's also very difficult to put down for a nap in the day. Ive only just started paying attention to this since he was getting grouchy and I figured that's what it was - he was tired. He used to just sleep in the day on people/in his stroller and occasionally his crib but I'm trying to make a concerted effort to work out a rhythm for him and get him used to sleeping in his crib for naps. He's a cat napier and seems to only manage 1 hrs sleep max but that's when we're lucky. I try to follow his cues and look for signs of tiredness but he seems to need do much help getting down now. I sometimes nurse him to sleep (I always nurse him down at night) but sometimes that doesn't work and he just wants to be rocked to sleep with music. I try putting him down when he's drowsy but he just wales right up and gets fussy. I try laying hands on to soothe him but this doesn't work and he becomes more awake. I try holding him till he's in a deeper sleep then laying him down and sometimes he still only sleeps for 15-30 mins. The last two days I've tried nursing him lying down on our bed then letting him just sleep next to me but yesterday I was so tired I really fell asleep and I'm so worried I could roll on him so I really don't want to co-sleep.
Does anyone else nurse/rock their baby to sleep and have similar issues? Is anyone with the same age baby also having issues? I don't really want to have to nurse him to sleep at night but this is the only way he'll go to sleep and leaving him to cry it out is just not an option for us.
Thanks in advance