Im exactly the same, we have a very similar routine. Jack goes to bed between 9 - 9.30. Ive tried a 7.00pm bedtime but he just wakes after 30 minutes and I end up running up and down the stairs all night.. my problem is Jack wont sleep without me in the room so I find myself having to go to bed early and never get any 'me' time.
He does fall asleep on his own but soon wakes!
The only thing I can suggest is that Noah may be over-tired? My Health Visitor is always saying that 'sleep promotes sleep', so I wonder if he needs to go to bed earlier than 9pm? I think people assume keeping them awake more in the day and making bedtime later will tire them out but apparently the reverse can happen. I also think if he can have longer naps in the day that would be better too, although I know how difficult x
Hi just wanted to say like everyone else u are doing. Great job
I totally agree with this comment about sleep thou as Jamie my LO is also 8 months and we were putting him to bed at 7:30 which I thought was a reasonable time but he would go to bed the cry on and off from about 10:30 not fully awake but screaming then would wake up for the morning at 5am but always woke up grumpy
I read about sleep promoting sleep and sometimes earlier bedtimes sorting. Edtime issues out so thought I would give it a try.
He now goes to bed at 6:30 and doesn't make a noise until 3/4am has a feed the goes back down till 5/6am granted he still wakes early but he wakes up in such a good mood now it lovely to see
I hope u get sorted soon don't forget ur doing great x x
I have exactly the same problem. I can put my LO down awake now and he falls asleep but he then wakes up every hour after that, screaming hysterically until I give him a cuddle! We have co slept the last 2 nights as he has an awful cold and he has slept better with me next to him when he wakes up. I have tried black out blinds and white noise, nothing seems to work. You have my sympathy!!
I know exactly how you feel - my little girl sounds very similar to Noah. She only catnaps during the day (and I have no idea how to get her to nap for longer!) and is pretty terrible at night. A good night is 2 feeds and settled in between but these aren't the usual. A bad night is 2-3 feeds and waking nearly hourly and needing settling. Sometimes it's her teeth bothering her but other times I just don't have a clue why! We're going through a run of bad nights and it is exhausting. We feel at a bit of a loss how to fix it so I have no advice, but just wanted to say you are not alone. Our lo is gorgeous and happy during the day but nights are so hard. Like you we mainly rock or feed to sleep and I do think that is contributing to our troubles overnight. But putting her down awake is impossible, especially now she just stands up in her cot! I don't want to resort to cc but it's heading that way as I don't know how much longer we can keep this up So good luck with Noah and if you have any success please let me know what you did!!
I haven't read others responses yet, in a bit of a hurry. I definitely see that he needs more nap time and earlier bedtime. Every baby is different but I think they all need at least about 2 hours worth of sleep.
For my 8 month old, if I put her down to nap at 630- she wouldnt sleep until 10 probably. If you can, I might try to wait out some fussiness for a couple of days and skip that nap all together, then put down for the evening by 830 for a few nights, then 8.
I know they take a few days to get a new routine, what if every day for the next 3 days you put him in the car at his first naptime, drive til he falls asleep, drive back home and sit in the car in the driveway (read a book?) for an hour. Only for that one nap so he doesnt get used to sleeping only in the car but gets used to taking at least one longer nap during the day? When I had things to tweak with my little ones sleep I used whatever crutches necessary but carefully as not to create a habit.
If he were my baby, thats how I would start. Ours isnt perfect either, were working on getting her used to sleeping without the bottle.
7am- wakeup, bottle, breakfast, play
930- bottle, nap
1100- wakeup, bottle, lunch
2pm- wake, bottle, play
430ish- short nap
I didn't read everything through, but here is our routine:
6:30 or 7ish- wake and breastfeed
9- nap 1-2hrs
1- nap 1-2hrs
5:30- naked time/bath
6 or 6:30ish - BF and bed
I used to feed her to sleep, but as she got older she wouldn't fall asleep on the breast anymore so I was forced to try something else. I had to just put her in her crib and get through a few hard days. I would stay with her in the room at first, resettle her when she cried however I could...eventually, I could sit across the room. Then I could stand at the door. Then I could leave the room. After I could leave the room for 2 weeks without her fussing too much, I started to work on getting her to sleep through the night. Now she wakes in the early morning, talks to herself, and goes back to sleep. Also I definitely find the more sleep she gets in the day, the better she sleeps at night! Oh, also I didn't work on the naps until she figured out how to get to sleep on her own at night. Once she did that, she figured out the naps on her own, it was a miracle. =P
The book 'Sleeping Through the Night' by Jodi Mindell helped me a lot. It was things I already knew, but the concept just stuck in my head better after reading it all in her words, I guess. I also love how she is flexible and tells you to just do what works for YOU. Made me feel better...haha.
Oh, just noticed your LO was born the day after mine. =D
Well at 9.30 he finally went to sleep and I've just put him in his cot. I tried putting him in awake, reading him a story, singing to him (which he normally loves and sends him straight to sleep) and he just lay there babbling and shouting, so I turned all the light off, and stood outside the door and he winged for a few minutes then started screaming. So ive just nursed him to sleep now and I feel so deflated. I just don't know were to start with the whole thing! I've started taking notes of his waking times and how much he drinks and tomorrow I'm going to try and encourage him to nap for longer even if it does mean I have to put him in the car and waste a load of petrol!
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