Getting baby to sleep through the night.

Chelsea - posted on 08/09/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My 10 month old wakes up at night every 2 hours to nurse. He eats solids all day, has dinner and a full nursing before bed. I do not think he needs the calories at night, it is more bad habit and comfort. I start out nursing him and putting him back in his crib, but by the third time getting up at night I'm exhausted and bring him back to my bed. He then tosses and turns and suckles the breast all night. I'm fed up! I'm ready to make him cry it out, cutting the night feedings cold turkey. Any other suggestions?

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Kelly - posted on 08/11/2010

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Hey Chelsea, crying it out does work. I've had to resort to this with both our sons but its not easy. You will probably feel a sense of guilt through it all, but its worth it in the end, especially if you're struggling as much as you say you are! Some tips I found handy to use in conjunction with the crying it out method, or to put in place before you start are:
- Have a strong night-time pre-bed routine (something that separates it from the shorter day sleeps). We do dinner, bath, massage dress, breastfeed then bed.
-make sure nothing else is waking him up (too warm or cold etc).
- If you have a partner make sure he is ready to go through with it as well. If he has any problems using this method, I suggest that you tell him to get up to your son and try and resettle him. After a couple of nights of this he'll probably agree to give it ago....worked with my husband;)
- Have a clock handy and let him cry it out in intervals. Start with 5 mins before going in, try to settle him without picking him up (may or may not work). Then leave the room again. Next time wait 10 mins then do the same thing. Keep increasing the time by 5 mins and repeat procedure. Some people say to keep increasing the time, but for some reason I found getting up to 20 minutes, then going back to five and starting over actually seemed to be more effective.
- and finally....if it all gets to much, go and jump in the shower for awhile!

Good luck. As I said it's not easy. I still have to do it from time to time (harder when you have two because then there is always a fear they will wake the other one up), but your ability to cope is also affected by how much sleep you get yourself and in the end this is going to have a huge impact on how well you are able to look after your son and how well you relate to him.

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