6 month old not sleeping through the night

Andi - posted on 04/21/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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So... I am trying the "put your baby down while drousy but still awake, let him cry and go back in every 10 min to pat/sush/kiss but don't pick up" problem is, he keeps rolling over and throwing a HUGE fit! We have a good day routine that he is used to and does really well. Then we have a bedtime routine of bath, song/rock then I lay him down. I used to get him whenever he would cry and rock/breastfeed him or just let him sleep with us but I am trying to make him sleep on his own without getting up so much during the night. I just started trying to put him down while still kind of awake and leave. Then he starts crying. ALOT!Whenever I go back in hes on his tummy, turned around, and trying to sit up. I just don't see how he could possibly fall asleep that way. It seems like he is getting too worked up and letting him "cry it out" is not going to work. HELP!

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Andi - posted on 04/21/2009

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Quoting Sarah:

You just described my life about a year ago. My baby did the EXACT same thing and I am very tender hearted towards babies so it was really hard for me. I think that if you keep with the routine he will understand eventually. Especially when you go in to comfort him every once in a while, he'll get the point that you love him, but needs to sleep. Maybe just pay attention to the intensity of his cries. If you can tell he is wearing out or calming down, don't go in; but if he is no where near calming down and getting more hysterical do what you need to do. You are the nurturing mother that has to go through this, so you have to do what is comfortable for you. You know it's best for him to be able to comfort himself to sleep, so be strong. You also know it's important for him to feel loved and safe, so try to find a happy medium. I said that my little boy went through the same thing and I just wanted to say that he is great at sleeping now. So just remember that it will get better if you stick to what you believe in.


Thanks. After 1 hour and 15 minutes of crying/ me soothing he finally went to sleep tonight. I hope this works

Sarah - posted on 04/21/2009

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You just described my life about a year ago. My baby did the EXACT same thing and I am very tender hearted towards babies so it was really hard for me. I think that if you keep with the routine he will understand eventually. Especially when you go in to comfort him every once in a while, he'll get the point that you love him, but needs to sleep. Maybe just pay attention to the intensity of his cries. If you can tell he is wearing out or calming down, don't go in; but if he is no where near calming down and getting more hysterical do what you need to do. You are the nurturing mother that has to go through this, so you have to do what is comfortable for you. You know it's best for him to be able to comfort himself to sleep, so be strong. You also know it's important for him to feel loved and safe, so try to find a happy medium. I said that my little boy went through the same thing and I just wanted to say that he is great at sleeping now. So just remember that it will get better if you stick to what you believe in.

Kylie - posted on 04/21/2009

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LOl sounds like my son (he is nine months old now) we have a good routine and I have persisted with it for months now and he still has his dummy spits! LOL

Most of the time I can just put him in his cot and he will go to sleep easily but maybe once every 3 days he will do exactly what your son does except he stands up and screams or gets his leg stuck in between the cot slats. I usually pick him up to calm him (I cant calm him in cot anymore coz he is too mobile) and once he is calm I put him back down. the trick is not to leave the room. He screams as soon as I put him down but is usually asleep within minutes. U will be suprised how tired they get with all that crying LOL

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