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Help a New Mom Out: My Baby Needs His Sleep

By Gwynn Cassidy

Created: 04/06/2009
Last Updated: 02/11/2010

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For the past 19 months or so (pregnancy + my son's current age), sleep has been elusive for me but, through determination and a renewed love affair with coffee, I've learned to live and function as though I've had my full 8. What I can't live with though is the fact that my growing little boy isn't getting the quality sleep he needs.

When he was younger, like most moms, I was up every couple of hours to feed, change and soothe him. During those difficult nights, I was comforted knowing that, by six months, he could easily sleep nine to 12 hours a night. Well, he's 10 months old now and he's still not making it through the night without at least two wakings that demand my, or my husband's, attention.

I feel as though I've done everything right: I've established a regular bedtime routine that includes a warm bath and the reading of a book or two and he has a safe sleeping environment that is quiet and dark. Some nights he falls asleep quickly while other nights, even though he's rubbing his eyes and is clearly sleepy, he behaves as though bedtime is pure torture.

Once down, he sleeps like the angel he is, for about 3 hours and then wakes up screaming. Fortunately, I'm able to soothe him back to sleep pretty quickly and easily. Unfortunately, about 4 hours after that, he's up again, screaming and un-soothable until he's given a bottle. Once the bottle is finished, he's back to sleep for a few more hours until it's morning.

So, I turn to you, dear reader, and ask: Do you have any tips on how I might help my baby sleep through the night?

Comments

I'm sorry you are experiencing this, I promise you it will get better!

I tried to Ferber-ize my baby but, when I couldn't handle it, I read the book No-Cry Sleep Solutions. Hate to say it but it ended up being trial and error...

If you don't already, try to feed him as late as possible. I found that helped. Good luck!

I wish I had an answer for you! Remember though, this time will pass before you know it....

I'm due in just a few weeks and am already tired just thinking about the sleepless nights!! That and I'm just exhausted any way :)

Undereye concealer :) If you don't have any, get some quick. LOL

We never let our baby sleep in our bed in the first place so we never had much in the way of sleep problems.

I wish you all the luck in the world, Gwynn. I'm sad to admit that my 3-year old daughter still has difficulty sleeping on her own and through the night. It has been a strain on my marriage, a strain on my health and a strain on my daughter's confidence and sleeping patterns.

If I could turn back time I would do whatever it takes to instill proper sleeping habits much earlier on. I was never strong enough to let her cry it out and I truly regret that.

You poor thing! I can relate big time. The only thing that eventually worked for me was to let Max cry it out. It was the hardest thing I have ever done.

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