my baby wont sleep

Alexandria - posted on 08/23/2014 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My sons bed time is 8:30 to 9. I went to put him down last night (usually he goes down no issues with a bottle and blanket) and he immediately started screaming like never before. I turned on soothing music for him with a hologram that shines on his ceiling above his crib. Rubbed his back, talked to him, sang to him, tried having him fall asleep in my arm, nothing at all got him to stop crying. I gave him teething tablets incase it was teething, felt his belly to see if i could feel any hard stool, nothing. Checked his ears and gave him some numbing drops (he has a history of ear infection). Finally at 4am, he fell asleep from being so exhausted from crying. He woke up at his normal time, 8:30am, totally fine and his happy self. What is going on!? What should i do!?

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Katy - posted on 08/25/2014

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He may be having ear pain like you said, poor baby! Its so tough when they can't tell you what they need but you know something isn't right. Our daughter did this a few times but it was probably bc we forgot to put her in the sleep sack that she is used to. Im not sure if you son uses one but the zipadee zip has worked great for our LO. Check for a spike in fever though regarding the ears bc one time our girl spike a 104 with no warning signs and it was an ear infection. Scared me to death!

Sarah - posted on 08/23/2014

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You can do it different ways. Each child is different and some ways work better then others for different kids. Sometimes it is also just sticking to your guns and knowing what is best for your child and not giving in to the crying.

You can put water only in the bottle and then slowly decrease the amount each day until you just take the bottle away. This allows them to adjust to the change at a slower more gradual rate. For some kids this works best as they are able to transition better and easier. For others it just prolongs the end result and really does not help with the transition.

Another way would be changing up the bedtime routine a bit. Allow for a drink, brush teeth, and a story and lay down with his blanket and maybe a special stuffed animal. At first he may cry and fuss......it is a change and he has to relearn how to put himself to sleep without the bottle. This takes time and he will work through it, but it will be a process. The first few nights will be the worst as he expects to get the bottle because that has been the routine. Once he realizes that the routine has changed and that the bottle is not coming back he will adjust and he will relearn how to put himself to sleep. Sometimes you just have to allow them the time to figure that out.....which sometimes means tears.

Alexandria - posted on 08/23/2014

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Great info. How do you suggest to stop the bottle? Slowly, cut him off completely? We tried to.break him from it as soon as he turned one and we were never successful with getting him to sleep without it.

Sarah - posted on 08/23/2014

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Sounds like ear infection. My suggestion would be to not lay him down with a bottle. Laying them down with a bottle can cause ear infections as the liquid drains into their ear canal when they drink. Especially if he has a history of ear infections this is something I would stop doing.

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