My 5 month old won't stay asleep at night

Donna - posted on 06/07/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter started sleeping thru the night when she was six weeks old. It wasn't consistent, some nights she would wake a couple times for a feed and back to bed. When she turned four months old she started waking consistently around the same time each night a feed and back to bed then about a week and a half ago she suddenly started waking after being in her crib for only a couple hours and when I would feed her and try to put her back in her crib she would wake again as soon as she touched the mattress. So out of desperation I started bringing her into our bed. That was going fine, sort of. I didn't want her to be sleeping in our bed to begin with. Now she wakes constantly. I'll get her to sleep for twenty or thirty minutes and then she's awake again. My husband and I have noticed that she wakes herself up by rubbing her face. So we put a sucky in her mouth and we each hold a hand until she falls asleep again. Now we have to hold her hands or one of us (always me) has to keep an arm on her at all times. I am lost for what to do. I don't like the cry it out method, it just seems so mean to me. But she won't sleep at night. She has difficulties napping during the day too but i usually lay next to her to get her to nap and that has been working.

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Donna - posted on 09/26/2012

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Well... a lot has happened since i posted this. For one thing she has never stopped sleeping with us. I got her used to her crib again for about a week and then we went on vacation and the disturbance it caused her has finally started to wear off. I found that I just had to be there for her. I breastfeed so having her sleeping with me made it really easy to just pop out a boob and let her do her thing until she went back to sleep. She wasn't a good napper during the day, I found that the only way i could get her to nap was either to hold her while i was sitting up or lay down with her and stay there. In the past two weeks or so she has finally been able to nap without me staying with her the entire time and she is finally sleeping for more than forty five minutes at a stretch. She usually only wakes up once during the night now but she hasn't slept in her crib since the middle of July... I refuse to us the cry it out method. I tried once and it broke my heart, i just cannot do it again. I keep telling my husband that she might stay with us until she goes into a big girl bed and even then... who knows. There was one thing that we noticed about our daughters sleep and food. We tried, unsuccessfully, to feed her solids early because all of our parents were telling us that she wasn't sleeping because she was so hungry. So we gave in and started rice cereal early and it made her so gassy that she couldn't sleep at all. I gave up on solids until she was closer to seven months and it started going better then. She really wasn't ready for it. Some babies are, one of my cousins kid started solids weeks before my daughter and he is three weeks younger and he was just fine. Honestly I think it is some kind of development thing. Hang in there and ride it out. Oh and i used to use different things to get her to go back to sleep, i would use the sucky, rubbing her back, rubbing her cheek, singing, even kind of jiggling her butt so she was moving just a little bit to feel like being in the car, lately rubbing her ears helps, and gripe water became my best friend.

Lisa - posted on 09/25/2012

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Any luck with your situation? I'm going to the same thing right now with my six month old son. I put him down at 7 pm tonight. He Slept for 45 minutes and then woke up crying I was able to calm him down but now I can't get him back to sleep. This is been going on for the past month. I tried different bedtimes I tried waking him in the morning i tried letting him sleep in the morning. I don't know what else to do. We have not tried CIO To the full extent. I am still nursing him. He has been sleeping in my bed for the past two weeks I do not like it I feel that it is dangerous But I am so desperate I don't know what else to do.

Kelina - posted on 06/08/2012

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grab a seat and get ready for hell. You've got two choices-continue to co-sleep, or prepare for several nights of no sleep. She's too young for CIO. don't try it. What you can do, is settle her to sleep, then wait till she wakes up in her own bed. Wait 1 minute. If she's still crying, go in, settle her back to sleep. Put her down and wait for her to wake up again. Lather rinse and repeat lol. When my kids started getting too used to being in my bed I made it a policy that they had to go back to sleep in the crib 2-3 times before I'd bring them into bed with me. After a few nights of that, thye both started sleeping all night in their own cribs again, although not sleeping through the night. It took time and made me incredibly tired, but it was worth it!

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