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tgr042708

I NEED SLEEP

My 6 month old son started sleeping through the nite when he was 3 months old. But in the past few weeks he's been getting up three and four times a nite. This is driving me crazy. He doesn't take naps during the day like he used to either so I know he's exhausted because I am. Anyone with any advice feel free to HELP before I go totally postal!!!!!



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acitez

Check with your pediatrician or clinic about adding rice cereal to the night-time bottle. Consider co-sleeping unless you are obese or take drugs--and I mean prescribed or non-prescribed--that make you too heavy of a sleeper. Reduce the level of light in his bedroom--try to find a 2 watt nightlight so you don't stub your toes when you get up with him.


But first, find out if he has a sore throat or ear infection or tummy ache or something physical--get him to the clinic.

My 17 year-old son didn't sleep through the night til he was 3. In desperation, we started co-sleeping on the couch, which was just comfortable enough for me to be able to function through the day, but not comfortable enough for me to sleep so deeply that he was in danger of suffocation.

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concerned mom

Talk to the pediatrician for sure. Is your son eating well during the day? Also, when is his last feeding/bottle? Maybe you can readjust his schedule a bit.
I was told by my sons' dr never to put cereal in a baby's bottle b/c it can promote obesity, and it can also be a choking hazard. My MIL said she used to do this w/ her kids, and their all fine, but I'd still listen to what you're dr advises.
As for co-sleeping, I dont believe it's a good idea. I've heard stories of parents who did this w/ their children, and yrs later, they still wanted to sleep in their parents' bed. It also can be a safety issue. Cribs are designed especially for babies so they don't fall out or get smothered (whether it be by a person or a blanket).
Some suggestions: talk to dr, change feeding/sleeping routine, keep baby as busy as possible during the day to tire him out, try soothing baths, music, etc.
My oldest son started sleeping through the night around 6 mos. He used to wake up and want to eat, then play. We did the mean thing and put water in his bottle. This is supposedly a no-no too, but we were exhausted, so we had to do something. My son didn't like this very much, but after a short time, he realized that he wasn't going to get anything else. Things got better after that.
Is your son very active during the day? Some kids that have a lot of energy don't need a lot of sleep. They just keep going. Also, you might want to monitor your son at night, as well as his behavior during the day. Does he appear irritable or is he generally content? If your son's waking up crying, and he's crying during the day, maybe something's bothering him. He cld be sick or just have gas pains, but definitely have that ck'd out as well.
I hope my advice has been helpful. Hang in there.

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acitez

Just personal experience, my "little guy" has been sleeping alone just fine for the last 14 years. However, it is not his ambition to do so for the rest of his life;-) And I wouldn't have suggested cereal in the bottle, I've never done that for my children, but a 6mo. old baby of my acquaintance who was recently endoscopically treated for reflux has been recommended that by the pediatrician.

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tgr042708

I don't agree with co-sleeping either it becomes to much of a habit i've seen the effects of it from my 3 yr old sister. But he's active during the day but you can seriously tell he fights his sleep. He is very active at night though he is constantly turning over in his sleep. Which wakes him. He usually sleeps on his belly which I know is a big no-no but it used to work. But now when he rolls over to his back he wakes up. But he's been checked my his pediatrican and he said he was fine but I still worry about him. I'm a first time mom and don't really know whats normal and what's not.

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acitez

Do you have somebody (your mom or dad, a sibling, or the baby's father) who can take him for one night so you can get caught up a little on your sleep?

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concerned mom

Have you tried a swing or driving around to get your son to sleep? Both of those worked for my son during the day. At least then you can catch a nap since you're not sleeping well at night. Otherwise, resort to coffee, if you're not nursing that is. It got me through some rough days where I felt like a walking zombie. I never cld understand those mothers who have 3 or 4 kids, and they're out and about looking fresh as a spring day. I cldn't even tell you how exhausted I felt the first few months. Hang in there. It does get better.

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Carebear5

start putting him to bed earlier instead of later.

I found that when my babies started waking again, I needed to change their sleep patterns.

I also learned that two of my kids needed white noise to lull themselves back to sleep. So, I got a sound maker.

Last - when it comes to your mental sanity from lack of sleep, pick up your child and put him in bed with you to sleep. I know others will argue "you're starting a whole new set of problems" - but honestly, I've been there. My sleep was more important. My son started moving to our bed about 5 nights a week for 6 months. It was totally worth it for me and wasn't that hard to break later on.

We moved the recliner into our son's room also. My husband would occasionally help as long as he could snooze in the recliner with the baby.

Another thing that may be an issue is your son may be going through a growth spurt. Try upping his food intake... several meals throughout the day. OR - he may be disagreeing with something you recently started, causing him indigestion at night when he lies down.

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firsttimemommie...

when my daughter was a newbie I always laid her down in a very active environment so that when she was a little older I wouldn't have any trouble with her sleeping if we had company or if we were on a road trip you know you will always have an occasion where you are gonna be in public or have company so I did that for one. also now that she is 13 months old; She wakes up about 9:00-10:00 and she will eat her breakfast and she will brush her teeth then she takes about an hour nap. she will then wake up and stay awake for about 4 or 5 hours eat lunch (if she will eat lunch) and take another nap, they last anywhere from 1 to 2 1/2 hours. If i nap with her she they are about2 to 3 hours if not they are short like 1 hour. any ways when she wakes up from that nap she has her snack and then she's awake till anywhere from 8 to 10 depends on if she fights sleep or not. when she fights her sleep i just let her play and play till she can't stand her self...she will go to sleep by her self most night with just laying her down and giving her a bottle with no problem... As for those cereal bottles I never not one time done that I felt like a bad mom or a lazy mom if I did that. I tried it one time to see if she would sleep better she was about 4 months old and she slept the same so I didn't do i again... My brother and his wife always made there little girl those darn bottles it used to make me so mad, cause she was about 10 or 11 months old and they were still only giving her cereal and baby food bottles instead of feeding her at eating time so now she's 12 months old and she doesn't even know what a spoon is for... anyways i don't so it but if it works for you then go for it. basically what I am trying to say you can sit on here for days trying everything that we have all done but every baby is different you just have to get to know your baby and how there ways are if anything change your sleeping routine to his routine like take a nap during the day with him and sleep at night when you can.. oh yeah about the whole sleeping in your bed with you, she slept with us from the very first day because it was easier at night to have her a bottle of water and her formula sitting right by my bed with her laying beside me so that when it came time for her mid night feeding i didn't have to get up shoot I would sometimes sleep and feed on accident n wake and burp her. I do not think that it's a bad idea to let your baby sleep with you. if anything it just brings your mommy baby bond closer. teagan (my daughter)she like i said is 13 months old and she sleeps with me or in her bed either way if she has her bunny, blankie, bottle or sippy with a soft pillow she is happy as a pig in the mud. you have to establish your own ways of how you want to raise him.. If when she turns 3 n 4 and she wants to come climb in bed with me I'm not gonna get mad or aggravated with her cause you never know they may have a bad dream or woke up scarred cause you weren't there so I do think it's OK. I do not believe in my heart that sleeping with you child can cause SIDS(sudden infant death syndrome) I feel as though there is something else that is involved with that.... nobody will really ever know what truly causes that but i dont feel like sleeping with your child will cause that cause you have your instincts that tells you hey your baby is beside you dont roll over on him or her ya know