The sleep regression was horrible! He never had one that bad again though, 3 months was the worst. I'm sure it took years off of my life LOL. Sounds like you're in a rough spot and I really hope it passes for you soon. Dealing with a colicky baby is hard and on little to no sleep it's a serious test of your nerves.
DS did get better right around 3 months but it was a really slow improvement. I kept waiting for that magic switch but it never came. DS remained pretty fussy for quite a long time and to this day has rather strong reactions to small irritations. I'd say by about 4 months I was starting to take him out in public more since he stopped crying all of the time. By 6 months he was happy more than upset. By 8 months he learned to sit up and was way more content suddenly, and when he started moving around 9 months things really changed. The more he was able to do the happier he became.
He is still a pretty needy kid that seldom wants to play on his own and needs lots of attention - but he also has no siblings (yet) so I think that would make a difference. It does get easier... hang in there, get out lots (even thought you're tired and your baby cries) and take all the help you can get from other people. It gets better!!
Judah is doing this. The last three nights he has gone down at about 9 and woken up at 11:45, 2, 3:30, and 6. I have only been feeding him at the 3-4am feeding and when he wakes up at 6 I take him to bed and rock him to sleep until 7. I'm trying to get him to just wake once at 3-4 and then not until 7 so it coincides with our school schedule.
Vicki, sorry you are dealing with this. I hate to jinx myself, but last night Henry went down super easy and slept til 3am. First time in almost 3 weeks. He did start fussing again at 4:30, but I kept rocking him and tried to sleep thru it, I know he wasn't hungry, he took both breasts just 1.5 hours before. He eventually fell back asleep until 5:45am. I will take fussing over screaming any day. Much better than him waking every 2 hours screaming. It's so alarming to hear a baby scream when you are sleeping. Gets my adrenaline going and then I can't go back to sleep.
Sorry you are going through it Vicki. Elizabeth, glad that you got more sleep last night. Hopefully Henry is coming out of it.
Ugh, I think we are definitely dealing with sleep regression over here. It's so funny, last week I was soooo excited that Reid fell asleep without nursing, but then that was the last night that things were okay for a while. He totally stopped self soothing (he had been sucking his thumb) and he was MURDER to get down. Then he has also been up a ton at night, either because he wakes up and doesn't self soothe or because he rolls and gets stuck on his tummy. One night we were up every 40 min - an hour pretty much all night long. I was DYING. But we seem to be coming out of it a bit now. Last night he started sucking his thumb again, and he was only up twice. Still not as good as he was doing before (sleeping 8-7 without getting up) but way better than every hour! So hopefully he is getting back into the swing of things.
-Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)
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I *think* I *might* be onto something - J slept from 9-4:30 last night then until 7:30. He took a nice long nap yesterday.
I usually put him in the swing to nap during the day and he takes 30-45 min naps in there. But lately I've been putting him in his rock n play in his room during the afternoon to nap. Yesterday he took a nice long evening nap and slept SO good last night. I'm wondering if I just need to always put him in his room to nap because he naps longer there anyway. I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner. It does worry me when his siblings get loud since their room is right next to his, but I do put on music as white noise.
He's napped in his room all day today other than the short nap he took this morning while we were out. Here's hoping!