Please help me!!!

Laura - posted on 05/26/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Stryder will be 5 months old this week. Since he was 10 weeks he has slept through the night unless he's sick or something. Well at about 4 months he started napping for shorter periods and fighting his naps. That has just gotten worse and worse to the point where I hate naptime. Well now he's fighting going to bed at night. Over the weekend he was waking up 1-2 times again and one of those times he was just cooing and playing!! After like 15 min. he would get fussy and I would have to go get him and nurse him and put him back to sleep. Before this weekend he didn't wake up and if he did I could nurse him and he would go right back to sleep, or would put himself back to sleep within a few min. Last night at bedtime I nursed him to sleep twice, picked up/put down, patted/shushed, rocked, stroked his cheek~ nada. I finally had to just leave the room. He cried for 15 min and I finally had gathered enough sanity to go back in and I put the paci in his mouth, stroked his cheek and he was out.

During the day, it will be soooooo obvious he is tired- red eyelids, yawning, droopy eyes but he fights like hell as soon as I try to lay him down. I have started to rock him to drowsiness, but that only works part of the time. Ideally I'd like to be able to lay him down and leave and him go to sleep.

I am so, so, SO torn on CIO. But I am starting to see no other way. All the other things I do seem to just make him more demanding the next time around. Please help!

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Alicia - posted on 05/26/2009

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My little guy who is almost 9 months did the same thing. Every couple of months he would stop his current sleeping pattern and start to jump all over the map. It was so frustrating. It could be that he is teething, or just about to hit a major milestone (rolling over, crawling, etc). Also, he could be starting to get separation anxiety, as he starts to realize he is a separate being from you.

Just keep trying, and hopefully this is just a phase, and he'll go back to his good sleeping :)

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Jessica - posted on 05/26/2009

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If he seems to be comforted just by your presence, try putting something in his crib that smells like you.

Elizabeth - posted on 05/26/2009

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I have had great luck with the book "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" by Marc Weissbluth, M.D. He has some great insights into child sleep patterns and establishing healthy sleep habits. I have used it from day 1 with my 3 month old and my sister used it with my niece to remediate existing sleep problems and it has worked very well for both of us. I hope this helps.

Sarah - posted on 05/26/2009

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my youngest went through a phase of not taking her naps and then waking early in the morning. it's so hard when they were doing it so well before!! i did let her cry it out a bit but if it was obvious she wasn't going to nap, i just got her up again, this went on for about a week and a half and then one day i put her down for her nap, and she slept for 2 and half hrs!! now she's fine with her naps. if your son was sleeping well before then i expect it's just a phase.....be strong, keep going, follow your instinct, and remember, it won't last forever! :)

Jennifer - posted on 05/26/2009

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have u tried bathing him before bed time or reading to him and singing songs my six month old has problem sleeping wen his tired he has to lie in the middle of my n my bf bed and we have to pretend to go to sleep wid him or sing to him while he drifts off and then he goes into his cot n that wud be from bout eight pm til half four am then every hour after that he wakes, so dnt worry ur not on ur own.

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