my 8 month old wont sleep at night!!!! HELP!!

Carrieanne - posted on 11/30/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My Son of 8 months has been waking up all night since being in his own room.. I am really tired and the lack of sleep drives us crazy. I was just wondering if anybody else had this problem. I know we shouldnt, but we get that tired at the night time, we sometimes put him in our bed. Any tips would be fab.
Thanks :)

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Lissa - posted on 11/30/2010

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He is used to sleeping with you and hearing all your night time noises so it may just be too quiet and a little lonely for him. When he wakes leave him for a few minutes and see if he settles himself if not go to the room but don't give him eye contact, talk or pick him up. Just rub is belly/back gently for a few minutes, he may cry wanting you to pick him up but don't give in he should soon settle. Do not do this until he is asleep, once he settles take a few steps away with your back to him and repeat until you are out of the room. You may have to do this for a number of nights but it should work. Also this may seem a little odd but sleep with a blanket of his for a night then put it in his bed so he has hi Mums scent to calm him.

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Lissa - posted on 12/01/2010

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I'm glad it helped, just keep going and hopefully soon you will have a baby happy to go to bed and sleeping well. Just keep giving him the reassurance, I also forgot to add have a bedtime routine and stick to it so he knows what's coming next. The half hour before bed I have always had no t.v etc, a couple of songs/rhymes, soft lighting and a story.

Carrieanne - posted on 12/01/2010

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im just a bit nervous of him falling out of the bed. I am a very heavy sleeper and he wakes up and crawls about!! I tried that suggestion last night.. I took him to bed and left him for a few minutes. went back in.. then he was still crying.. i never gave in i jusy stroked his belly and walked out again.. it took him half an hour and he fell asleep on his own.. FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME!!! and he slept right through!! thanks for the tip!!! xx

Robin - posted on 11/30/2010

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I have co slept with all three of my kids. It works for us and we know it won't last forever. At 18 months our daughter was fine in her own room. Our twins are still sleeping with us. Does he still eat at night? That can make a difference too

Laura - posted on 11/30/2010

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Don't worry so much about putting your son in bed with you--you aren't the first mom to solve the immediate problem of night waking/crying that way. It's not a bad solution if you don't mind co-sleeping. If, however, you really want him to sleep in his crib and bedroom, then Lissa's suggestion works well. Do what she suggests consistently each time and it shouldn't take that long for your son to sleep all night on his own. Hope this helps and good luck!

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