Need Sleep Remedies...

Sam - posted on 02/14/2012 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My son is 10 months old and wont sleep through the night...well not on his own...if he sleeps with us he will sleep all night but when I try to get him to sleep on his own he wont sleep longer than an hour... is there anything I can do to help him sleep better?

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Firebird - posted on 02/14/2012

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Please please please talk to a doctor before drugging an infant to sleep! Does he have a bedtime routine? Bath, bottle bed etc. Do you put him to bed awake or after he falls asleep? What time do you put him in bed?



Have you tried wrapping him in a blanket then laying him down? You can put a fan in his room for some white noise, it can help. I would advise against putting a tv in his room, that can stimulate him further making it more difficult for him to sleep. Does he have his own room? If so, moving his crib into your room may help.

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Mitzy - posted on 01/04/2013

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Elizabeth - posted on 02/16/2012

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We had an issue with our daughter not wanting to sleep on her own and I can't bear to hear my baby cry especially when I know I can make it all better. A mom from a different group on here gave me this link on how to side car a crib. It has been wonderful for our family, she sleeps in her own bed now and even puts herself to sleep. It was a lifesaver for my husband and me. http://www.freewebs.com/sidecarcrib/inde... I hope it is as helpful for you as it was for us. :)

Firebird - posted on 02/16/2012

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I know exactly what melatonin is, and Sam should still talk to her doctor about giving it to an infant. The child sleeps perfectly well when he's in his parent's bed, he just doesn't want to sleep alone, and I really doubt that giving him melatonin will be a long term sollution to her problem.



Sam since you said you wait until he's asleep before putting him in bed, you can try putting him to bed awake, so if he does wake up later, he won't be surprised to find himself in his own bed.

Catie - posted on 02/15/2012

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Melatonin is a completely all natural sleep aid, that just regulates what your child could be missing. A routine is very helpful. 'Waiting him out' can be effective, and I know it tears on our heart strings as moms to let them stay in there and cry, but sometimes you have to do what you can. Self-soothing is so important. Does he have a favorite toy/blanket? Or even try leaving on of your tshirts in his bed with him, after you have worn it. Your scent could be a great help.

Firebird - posted on 02/15/2012

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Yea, there's no overnight solution to this, you can try using a lavender bath, it has calming and relaxing properties. Basically, he's just going to have to get used to sleeping in his own bed. As long as you're consistent he'll get there eventually. When he wakes up how long do you wait before going in to check on him?

Sam - posted on 02/15/2012

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I don't want to drug my son to get him to sleep. It will just make him "need" it to sleep for then on. The only time I give him medicine is when he needs it, like with teething or what not. I have started doing dinner bath bed. He has his own room but there is not a tv or anything like that in it. We dont have a night light right now so we have is closet light on with the door almost shut. He has his crib toys that light up too but when there are on he just watches them and screams because he knows we are not in there. I wait for him to fall asleep before I put him down. Last night he did better he slept for 3 hours by himself but after that every time I put him back down he woke up screaming.

Catie - posted on 02/14/2012

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There are several things you can try. Depending on how 'involved' you want to be. You can try melatonin. It's an all natural sleep aid. Or, you can try benedryl. Try staying with him until he falls asleep. Or, putting a small television in his room, with the volume low, or even some music.

In my opinion, make sure there is a night light, and the closet door is closed. Those are little comfort things, that can be a huge help.

There are many 'tricks' to getting you little one to stay asleep, just have to find the one that works for you guys! Best of luck, I know how hard it can be!

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