sleep issues 3 month old

Kathryn - posted on 02/24/2016 ( 1 mom has responded )




This might be a little long sorry. I have a 3 month old that we are trying to transition to a crib. He used to be in a basinette by our bed but now he's too big for it. We have some nights where he sleeps for 6-7 nights straight and other nights he wakes up every 2 to 3 hours. He has also learned how to roll recently and wiggles all over the place in his crib. Our other issue is that he can't seem to fall asleep without either a pacifier or a bottle. He spits out the paci about 20 times before finally taking it but he will just fuss until he can finally keep the paci in his mouth and then he'll fall asleep (or he will fall asleep during feeding ) During the day, he takes very short naps (about half an hour ) sometimes he has longer naps of about 2 hours or so. He also takes them at inconsistent times. We will help him fall asleep when he starts rubbing his eyes. Lately in the past couple of days he is going to bed earlier in the evening about 5 or 6 pm, he used to go to bed at 8. And now he's waking up at like 4 am. I heard they go through sleep recessions so I'm wondering if that's what it is? Also shoukd i get him out of the habit of sleeping with a paci? I don't know how to do it because he will fuss and I'm not a fan of CIO. Can anyone help me my husband and I are ready to rip our hair out! TIA


Raye - posted on 02/24/2016




Babies should not sleep with pacifiers or bottles. It's bad for their teeth. The pacifier can change the growth pattern of the teeth, and the bottle can cause tooth decay to start even before teeth come out of the gums.

You should try to get him to a little more consistent schedule. If he's waking from his nap after a half hour, then it probably hasn't done him much good. Keep an eye on him... if he starts to sir, then rub him or pat him to try to get him to transition into deeper sleep. Put him to bed drowsy, but not yet asleep so he learns to fall asleep without mommy. At 3 months old, it's normal for him to wake 2-3 times a night. Make sure he's fed and dry and put him back to bed. Make sure he's getting at least 14-15 hours of sleep during 24 hours. If he's not getting enough sleep, that could make him fussy and restless.

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