HELP!! - Advice!

Katrina - posted on 08/20/2009 ( 24 moms have responded )

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My little boy who is 6.5months old and is teething at the mo! He wont sleep in his cot, only wants to be with us at night...! For the past week we have bought him in with us??? What do i do???

He will sleep in his cot till about 11pm then wakes up crying, crying and wont go back down in it....!

Anyone else have this prob?

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Amber - posted on 08/25/2009

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I am in the exact same situation. My son just got his first tooth a week ago and for a couple of days I ended up with him in bed with us. As soon as his pain isn't so bad though he goes right back to his bed. Now he just got his second tooth and he is back to the same getting up and crying at night. I just use some orajel and teething tablets and then he will fall back asleep then I pick him up and bring him back to his bed and he sleeps again. I do give him some infant tylenol sometimes too if he seems to be in a lot of pain. Other than that I mostly use the teething tablets sometimes orajel. I know everyone says don't let them in your bed, but I work and I need some sleep so if that is the only way I can get it that is what I do. As soon as the pain is down I put him right back to his bed or when he falls asleep if I am still awake I put him back in his bed and am not having problems with it.

Vanessa - posted on 08/23/2009

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I was told never to use orajel. My doc didnt recommend it. It freezes there throat and makes it harder for them to swallow. My lil guy started teething at 2.5 months and the doc told me to use tylenol or motrin to calm him. i give it to him before bed and now at 4 months he only wakes up once. Try very hard not to co-sleep with your baby. I know its hard but in the future its going to be the best thing for you and your baby if you go through the tough times now then later on hen habits are harder to break.

Good luck, be consistant and have a schedual and life will be so much easier.

:)

Leonna - posted on 08/23/2009

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Do not bring him into your bed. This habit will continue after the teething is done! I gave my son Tylenol before bed and if he woke up crying durning the night, I laid on the couch with him until he fell back to sleep. Not the most restful night of sleep, but teething only last so long! Good Luck!

Lauren - posted on 08/23/2009

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had that prob wen my daughter was younger she got sick and wanted to sleep with us now finaly 2 years later shell acually sleep alone but has to be in the same room on the floor wont slep in her bed either put a stop to asap before t gets to be a big problem lay with him after he falls aleep try to put him back to his bed

Jessika - posted on 08/22/2009

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Keep him in his own bed or you'll never get your bed or privacy back! I know its hard, I do, but you have to just keep putting him back in his crib. Unfortunately there isnt alot you can do; i was recommended this and that (eveything under the sun) but its just something that happens with babies(orajel releves pain for about 10 minutes, try tylenol. My son was sprouting teeth for a consistant 6 months- still is, but those first few months, some nights are good some are bad. It'll pass hun. Just be consistant and keep him in his bed:)

Morgan - posted on 08/22/2009

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teething tablets, orajel and freezing invisible koolaid onto a washcloth. those are what saved me in teething times. as for sleeping my suggestion is to keep putting him back in his crib cuz if u start brining him with u its a hell of a habit to break.

Kristi - posted on 08/22/2009

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What ever you do, do your best to not let them sleep with you unless you want that to be their permanant sleeping area. I have given in to all 4 of my kids comming in bed with me and it is a hard habit to break. Right now my husband and my 4 and 2 yearold sleep in our bed and I sleep on the couch because there isn't any room in the bed. Tylenol and orajel are your best bets and try not to give in to the suggested sleeping arrangement unless you are ok that it's like that for a long time.

Kristen - posted on 08/21/2009

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Try Vanilla extract, like you use when you bake. I used it, and it helps- not like the orajel does, but it helps for a little bit. Put it on your fingertip, and rub it on the gums. My babies liked the flavor, and it works. Remember this is just a phase, and it will be over before you know it.

Sarah - posted on 08/21/2009

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They also make a night time formula of the Baby Orajel that works really well too. It's formulated to last longer than the regular stuff. Baby Motrin is also good just for the pain releiver...it worked wonders on my little girl who cuts 2 teeth at a time. My sister-in-law had this same problem with her son when he was little...the only problem with allowing him to sleep with you is that when he gets older it's going to be even harder for him to sleep by himself. Even though it's hard...they still have to learn to self soothe...making him sleep in his own bed will make bed time easier later.

Lori - posted on 08/21/2009

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Definately Hyland's Teething Tablets. They are a godsend!!! They are between $6-$7 anywhere I have found them except at www.vitadigest.com they're $3.95/bottle. Good luck!!!

Jade - posted on 08/21/2009

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Try using Boiron Homeopathic Medicine Camilia drops, always worked with my little one who started teething at 3mos. When your little one wakes up at 11 just stay in the room with him and calm him down give him the drops and after about two minutes you slowly walk away from him. Do this every two mins until you are finally out of the room. Its a slow process u may want to grab a chair or sit o nthe floor, this way to the child you are still in the room and you can tell him that he has to go back to sleep and that he should lay down. U may even want to stay in the room until he falls asleep since he is not comfortable in his own bed and jsut everyday you move further and further away from the bed...We did this with our daughter when she transitioned to her crib from the bassinet.

Kristin - posted on 08/20/2009

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We just got done with a teething babe! DEF. don't bring him to bed with you. He will never want to sleep by himself again and then it gets harder and harder to break the habit. We gave our little one baby motrin (NOT TYLENOL) and go with the weight, not the age. Works wonders!!!! Orajel and other organic numbers help too.

Tammy - posted on 08/20/2009

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I would use infant's tylenol (ask your Dr. or pediatrician if he can have this first). If it's ok by the doc - give it to him right before bed. I've been told by our doc not to use the orajel or any other products like that because it tightens the gums and makes teething last longer and sometimes can cause teeth to come in crooked. You could also wet a clean dishcloth and throw it in the freezer for a few minutes then let him chew on it.

Tiffany - posted on 08/20/2009

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when my daughter was teething we used baby orajel and tylenol for the pain. we also bought teether pacifiers for her and a bunch of teethers for her gums. try some of that and see if it works because it did for us. and as far as the sleeping with you guys go my daughter was very clengy when she was teething but when we put her to bed in her crib we let her stay in there even if she didnt want to sleep in her crib she eventually gave up and feel asleep.

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Onion chives work great. It's the prefect size for him to bite on and it is not to hard on his gums. It actually HELPS calm the irritation. It's a lot cheaper then buying oral gel or any other stuff out there that only works for a few minutes or not at all. He'll smell (onion breath) but he won't be crying. Or you can use brandy (yes, I know what your probably thinking). Wet your pinky and rub it on his gums. The alcohol kills the irritation. This is something that was used back in the day.

Debbie-shea - posted on 08/20/2009

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I just finished going through this situation with my daughter who is 6 months. I never brought her into bed with me, but she would only sleep while I rocked her in my arms. I didnt mean to let her cry it out (my MIL tried to settle her but she wouldnt go), but she ended up falling asleep after 20 min of crying in her crib. That night she had the best sleep she's had in a month. The next night she cried for 10 then that was it for crying. I think you should leave him and let him fall asleep on his own again. Obviously dont let the little guy go too long or get too upset. Good luck

Katrina - posted on 08/20/2009

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thanks guys, i am just gonna have to be tough and let him cry and yeah will see what happens! As i think his gotten use to it. i do hate to see him cry, poor lil thing but it has to be done!

Collin - posted on 08/20/2009

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Oh Oh...besides that he is teething he might be getting used to be with you guys in bed. Have you try baby orajel? tylenol? try not to bring him to bed with you, unless you want this to be permanent. I know how hard it is to let them cry..

Nikki - posted on 08/20/2009

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yes i had this problem with my son recently we decided enough was enough and done the controled crying tecneake wer u let them cry check on them re settle them and leave again for a bit longer each time it was hard and upsetting but affter a wk he realised bet time was bed time and he had to be in his bed as you see hes a twin so it couldent go on try this method maybe but u need to be strong trying it x

Genn - posted on 08/20/2009

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Unless you want to make his sleeping with you a permanent thing, he will have to stay in his own bed. I had a problem like this with my first daughter. She cut all her teeth almost all at once and was miserable. She would only sleep when she was completely exhausted and then would wake up because she was in pain and refuse to go back to sleep unless she was being cuddled. My husband and I would give her some baby ibuprofen when she woke up and a cool (NOT cold) bottle or teether to soother her sore gums. We NEVER brought her into our bed. We didn't even start. In your case, since you have started bringing your son into bed, I would just stop 100% starting tonight. It might be one of the hardest things you have to do as a parent but you might just have to let him cry once you are sure that he does not physically need anything. He needs to learn self comfort and 6 1/2 months old is a good time to start that. Until my elder daughter got it down I went in to settle her every few minutes, then every 5 then every 10 and after that she pretty much had the idea that it was bedtime and time for her to sleep. It will be hard but as long as you stick to it, you can do it and eliminate the later problem of having a 2 year old that will only sleep in your bed!

Kelly - posted on 08/20/2009

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Have you tried anything like baby orajel? They have cotton swabs that contain the medicine which are easy to use. My daughter is only 5.5months and hasn't broken through with any teeth yet but has had a few episodes with sore gums. If you are uncomfortable with this I would just wait it out. Hopefully it is just a phase.

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