8 month old won't sleep. Any advice?

Jodie - posted on 12/29/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My 8 month old used to be a really good sleeper and only woke up once at night. But for past 3-4 weeks he just won't sleep and cries every time he gets put down, day and night. He goes to bed at 7 every night and as about 7/8oz of milk, my partner then feeds him about 10ish and he has about 5/6oz when we go to bed, he then wakes up between 12-1am and as about 7/8oz, he then wakes at 5am and as about 7oz milk, but doesn't go back to sleep so me or my partner fetch him downstairs about half 6. I've tried rocking him to sleep which he does go to sleep but then wakes straight back up crying, tried tapping/rubbing his back which sometimes work but then he''ll cry when I stop or cry wanting to be picked up half way through. I can't let him cry it out cos he'll wake up his 4 year old sister and I don't feel comfortable co sleeping. My partner used to get up in the night with him but my son would stay awake more as he'd think it was a game or just want me. He's already got 6 teeth and no sign of others coming through at the moment. It's so tiring and I don't know what to do anymore.

Any advice would be very much appreciated.

Many thanks in advance x Jodie x

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Eileen - posted on 02/27/2013

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Hi Jodie,
I know this first year is so hard, hang in there! Hope your son's pacifier helps to soothe him when he needs to fall back asleep. I allowed my daughter to cry it out for a maximum of 10 minutes for a couple nights which drove me crazy so I gave up on that method and just pick her up and nurse her when she wakes up. I too have no idea what else to do. I tell myself this stage will soon pass as you and I know, since we both have our older children that got through that first year. Hope you have someone at home to give you a break during the days so you can nap and take time for yourself. You need it in order to be able to care for your little one. Ill pray your son and my daughter sleep through these nights soon:)

Eileen - posted on 02/21/2013

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My 9-month old daughter does not sleep either, she used to but not anymore. She wakes up 3-4 times per night. We co-sleep since I'm nursing her still but I have no idea how to get her to sleep either. I've heard two stories... Let her cry it out for a couple nights, and the other is don't allow her to cry since babies need to feel they can go to you for comfort when they are scared. I feel you and wanted to let you know you are not alone. Is your son on solids yet? My daughter eats oatmeal, chx and rice and fruit, and if she eats well for dinner, she only wakes up once, maybe. Does he have a pacifier to soothe?

Jessica - posted on 12/29/2012

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Let him sleep up right if possible. Sounds like his ears might be bothering him. My daughter slept in her carseat alot at that age cuz her ears bugged her alot.

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Jodie - posted on 02/28/2013

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Thank you so much. It does help him eventually. I tried the cry it out method a while back but like you it drove me and plus I couldn't allow him to get too loud in the night with my 4 year old asleep. So true, and thank you. Hope it soon hurries up for us both, a full nights sleep would be bliss :) x

Jodie - posted on 02/27/2013

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It's so hard sometimes, especially when he stays up for so long in the night. He's on 3 meals a day and eats really well, eats whatever I give him, very rarely wastes any food. He does have a pacifier x

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