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Helping my 8 Month old resettle at night on his own....I am so tired!!!

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#1 babycooper



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Posted 12 July 2011 - 11:29 AM

My 8 month old son used to sleep from 6.30pm till 12.00am have a bottle then sleep through till 7.00am.
In the last few weeks he has started to wake every few hours during the night and will not settle himself back to sleep. I have tried letting him cry but he works himself up and makes himself vomit. When I go in to change him and the sheets he is all smiles and wants to play. I help him fall asleep in his cot by patting the mattress and saying 'sh' i don't rock him to sleep and never have, recently though its the only way i can resettle him once he starts really crying at night.
I have blamed teething for the last month but am yet to see a tooth.
He sleeps well during the day having 2 naps of about 1.5 hours each. During the day i put him down awake and he puts himself to sleep.
Has this happened to anyone else? Any advice? Help...I am so tired!!!!!
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#2 jantastic


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Posted 12 July 2011 - 04:42 PM

what sort of bedtime routine do you have?
If you don't have one, I'd suggest that you implement a bedtime routine and try to stick to a fairly regular bedtime. (We do dinner, book, bath, breastfeed, bed at the moment, but my boy has a late dinner and I think I'm going to have to bring it earlier so I'm not sure what it will become. It used to be walk, dinner, bath, breastfeed, bed). L's bedtime is around 7pm every day. We tried making it 7:30 but found that he still woke at the same time in the morning so we figured that we're better off letting him get that extra half hour of sleep, and we also get our 'no baby' time in the evening.

Make sure that all the things you're doing are 'settling' style things - eg, no dancing around the room to Lady Gaga after bath tongue.gif

If you already have a nice bedtime routine, then I have no idea what else to suggest sorry!

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 08:41 PM

We used the Baby Bliss method by Jo Ryan to teach our baby to settle. (Google it. She has a website and her book is great) It took a good couple of days to get it to work but we've had no problems since.
There is no controlled crying involved.

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 11:52 AM

I have no advice but just wanted you to know that my DD is 9 and a half months and we are having similar problems (I have posted in this section about it to).

Just wanted to send you support and sleepy vibes all round smile.gif
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Posted 13 July 2011 - 01:44 PM

Could he be cold? Just a thought as we are right in the middle of winter...that might be waking him up and he thinks once he's awake it's playtime.

I would suggest giving Tizzie Hall's SOS a read. I have used a fair bit of her advice and have always enjoyed an excellent sleeper.

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 05:05 PM

I think 8 months is a common sleep regression point (along with the 4 month one) which is normally due to growth spurt/development. Maybe google "8 month sleep regression" and see if anyone has any pointers on how to get through it. Hopefully it won't last too long for you. smile.gif

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 11:01 AM

Hi BC, are you sure Archie isn't in pain? Maybe a little bonjela could do the trick?

A few weeks ago things were turned upside down here as DS started waking during the night and was really difficult to put down. I thought he must've been teething, but I couldn't see anything.

After a week or so he settled down, fast forward to a few nights ago and he stuck my finger in his mouth to chew on and I discoved a tooth that had been hiding, but it was in the side of his mouth blink.gif . I though teeth always appear at the front and at the bottom. wacko.gif Since then, he's been unsettled the last week and another tooth has come through, but at the top this time. blink.gif

I would just try and persist with what you were doing, as it seems to be working, and try to ride it out. Though I feel your sleep deprived pain. sad.gif If he's really beside him self to the point of vomiting, I think it's best to get him up, he obviously needs something, maybe a burp or another bottle? In my experience, Spencer might protest grizzle a bit when I put him down, but if he starts wailing, he needs something more.

Just another thought, have you introduced any new foods that might be causing him an upset tummy? I couldn't settle DS the other night, and when I got him up to burp him, he vomited. sad.gif I think something didn't agree with him. After I cleaned up, gave him another bottle, he settled down straight away.

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