8 month old baby not napping and waking in the night

Shannon - posted on 04/19/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son is a little more than 8 months, and for the past 2 months, he's been waking more in the night then when he was a newborn. i've tried getting him on a good routine, i've gotton his room all quiet and dark with a loud(not too loud) humidifier running for white noise, and he's awake about every 2-3 hours. i like to think he's teething, so i've tried mortin, but he wakes up about an hour afterwards. i dont take him out of his bed so he maybe learns that its sleep time, or sometimes i'll take him out and put him back to sleep(no feeding) but he's up again anyways. he also refuses to nap in the day. i've been letting him cry himself to sleep to nap, and if he does that its never more than an hour, if i'm lucky. but he was sleeping through the night at 2 months until 6 months, and i thought he was having a growth spurt he would grow out of, but this is getting really hard. idk what else to do. i try walks, and music, and quiet time....changing his diaper,....he doesnt seem to be having nightmares...but idk. dr. said to let him cry it out, but i feel this is wrong.

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Heather - posted on 04/19/2009

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One more thing,
Once he has fallen asleep for the night, my husband and I give him a small bottle (4-6oz) of milk just before we go to bed (3 hours after him). By doing this he can last the whole night without waking up hungry....(the best tip ever)!
Good luck.

Heather - posted on 04/19/2009

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Once you have eliminated all the possibilities, and the Dr. says there is nothing medically wrong, it's okay to let him cry.
We did it with our son cause he did what your son is doing now, the first time we let him cry to sleep it was a long, heartbreaking 45 minutes. If my mom wasn't present for it, we probably wouldn't have done it. Still, we have no regrets, he is sleeping 10-12 hours again (even though he is teething), and has learned to fall asleep by himself.
On occasion when he is really cranky, he will take a long time to settle, but if we know nothing is wrong we let him cry......now it only lasts about 5-10 minutes max.

Can't hurt to give it try.

Danielle - posted on 04/19/2009

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Hey Shannon, Sleep is one of the most important issues with us mom's huh? I have been there, sometimes I still am, and I feel your pain! lol. I dont know if he is teething or not, but, usually, when my boys dont sleep, they are teething or have an ear infection. Have you noticed if he is eating less during the day? If so, he may simply require more liquids, resulting in a mid of the night bottle. My son, who is a good sleeper usually, wakes to drink on nights that he has not eaten much the previous day. It makes sense, he is just hungry. He may do this for a week or two sometimes, but then, just goes back to sleeping all night. Also, he may just be going through seperation anxiety. My oldest son did this really bad. It was just a faze, and he eventually got over it. But, I tried nearly everything during this period with him, and nothing really worked. How do you get him to sleep, initially? If you are putting him down awake, then that is good. I am sure you know to try and wind him down somehow, and then put him in. I just know that when I was putting my son in bed after rocking him completly to sleep, he would wake up in the night and expect me to come and rock him again. So, I stopped that and now only rock him to wind him down, then put him down awake. Now, he doesnt expect me when he wakes a little at night. Oh, well, I have rambeled. But, I hope some of this helps. Hang in there. It will pass! Hopefully soon! But, i would def. try just one time, to give a bottle or breast when he wakes the first time, and then if he keeps it up, you know he isnt hungry. But if it makes him stop, and he sleeps the rest of the night, you know he was. Good luck!

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