Sleep training 5 month old

RYLIE - posted on 05/01/2015 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My 5 month old has been sleeping 10-12 hours straight every night since he was 3 months old, it's wonderful. The problem is that getting him to bed is such an ordeal. He will fall asleep perfectly at bedtime but between 15 and 30 minutes in he wakes up screaming and refuses to go back to sleep. Another problem I'm having is that he refuses to put himself to sleep, I have tried everything I can think of but ultimately have to snuggle and nurse him to sleep and then wait until he is in a deep sleep to move him into his own bed, sometimes it takes an hour or more. Also, when I started having set nap times, after a couple weeks of adjusting, he would take a 2-3 hour nap in the morning and a 2-3 hour nap in the afternoon. I expected his naps to get shorter as he was able to stay awake longer but recently he has only been napping for less than an hour for each nap. I wouldn't mind so much but he is so tired and crabby all day and refusing to nap at all sometimes. Every morning he wakes with cute noises and talks to himself but every other time he wakes up he is screaming, no warning, no fussing, no crying, just screaming. I don't know what to do.

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Yesenia - posted on 05/04/2015

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With him playing in the shower he is tiring himself out but with the calming shampoo it calms him and he'll be sleepy once you know it

RYLIE - posted on 05/04/2015

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Showers and baths make him excited, he loves to play in them so it doesn't really calm him. I make sure that he is good and full before I put him in bed but he still wakes up. When he wakes up he resists settling again.I wish he would take a pacifier and pass out but he just spits it out and starts crying.

Yesenia - posted on 05/03/2015

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My daughter slept all night at 3 months as well but now is getting out of it. Here's some things I would try.. Try taking your baby a shower in calming baby shampoo it works great and nurse till he is full he'll sleep so good. And if he wakes up pat his but, sooth him pass him a pacifier and he'll knock rite out.

Dove - posted on 05/02/2015

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:( ♥ I'm sorry. I'm bumping this up for you in case someone else has any better suggestions.

RYLIE - posted on 05/01/2015

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It's the same process whether he sleeps with us or in his own bed. The only difference is I don't get any sleep.
He will nurse back to sleep sometimes but it's a fight to get him to sit still, he fights going back to sleep. Sometimes he just flails and holds his eyes wide open and sometimes he screams.

Dove - posted on 05/01/2015

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Aw... I'm sorry. He won't nurse back to sleep again? Does he sleep well if you bed share?

RYLIE - posted on 05/01/2015

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I don't mind nursing him to sleep, I enjoy it most of the time. But once he wakes up after I put him to bed he screams and wont go back to sleep. Bedtime is a 2-5 hour process most nights full of frustration and tears.

Dove - posted on 05/01/2015

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There is nothing in the world wrong w/ nursing him to sleep at 5 months old. It is perfectly normal. The fact that you were getting 10-12 hours out of him at only 3 months old is quite out of the ordinary actually. It is much more common for babies to wake during the night than it is for them not to do so.

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