Sleep problems

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snuffy1680's picture
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Sleep problems

Josh was sleeping pretty well at night. Waking up every 3 hours to eat and then going right back to sleep. The past few days he has been waking up every 2-2.5 hours, and when we put him back in his crib after eating, he wakes up within 10 minutes crying. The second I go in there and pick him up he instantly falls asleep, but will then wake up again when I put him down. I have tried to feed him when he does this, thinking he might still be hungry, but he won't eat since he had just taken a full feed. Help! We are already taking all naps in the swing because he won't sleep in his crib for naps, but I don't want to use the swing all night too! Any suggestions? How long are your babies sleeping at night?

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We cosleep. Zoe cluster feeds in the evening and then does an initial stretch of 4-5 hours. After that all bets are off. Sometimes she'll nurse and drift right back to sleep. Other times she'll nurse and fuss for awhile. I don't like it when she wakes up completely because she's afraid of the dark and will scream till we turn on a light. Some nights after that first stretch she wants to cluster feed again for the next 2-3 hours. I really don't like those nights because I'm not getting any more sleep before Aiden wakes up.
My son at this point was waking every 1-2 hours to nurse and it took awhile to get him to settle down. We switched to cosleeping full time around 4-5 weeks with him because it took so long to get him to sleep in the arm's reach we have.

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Does he has reflux at all? Sammy does and we have him in his bouncy chair after 10-15 minutes after a feeding then lay him down. His crib mattress is at an angle as well. Anytime after a feeding if he us laid flat he is really fussy.

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(((hugs))) Sleeping issues are tough. I find the night time especially hard because when I'm sleepy all I want to do is get back to sleep and I have a hard time waking up all the way to get out of bed to deal with them.

We co-sleep which solves most of our night time issues and leaves me with no suggestions... Sorry!

Are you still swaddling? Have you tried any white noise or anything? I like to use a white noise app on the rain setting at night time, I find it really helps. I used it with Kostas too.

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Kellen is in the room with us at this point... probably will be till at least spring. He cluster feeds and is usually a sleep by 9pm... then isnt up again till 3 or 4 am to eat again. His bed is right up against my bed, and some nights he ends up in bed with us, and sometimes not. Kellen does have reflux, but seems to be out growing it now. We do have the head of his bed elevated. All of my babies have slept this way. Maybe try putting a couple of towels or a pillow under his mattress. In order for Kellen to sleep as much as he can he needs to be swaddled at night. Maybe Josh would do better that way too?

it also sounds like he may be going through a growth spurt. Also, at this point their eye sight is really getting better, and they are starting to recognize people. He may just be one of those kids that doesnt want to be alone. Kellen is like that. If he realizes hes alone in a room he gets upset. Our DS1 didnt sleep through the night till he was 3.. when DS2 moved into the crib in the room with him.

Hang in there. and remember, this is just a phase Smile

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Kellen is in the room with us at this point... probably will be till at least spring. He cluster feeds and is usually a sleep by 9pm... then isnt up again till 3 or 4 am to eat again. His bed is right up against my bed, and some nights he ends up in bed with us, and sometimes not. Kellen does have reflux, but seems to be out growing it now. We do have the head of his bed elevated. All of my babies have slept this way. Maybe try putting a couple of towels or a pillow under his mattress. In order for Kellen to sleep as much as he can he needs to be swaddled at night. Maybe Josh would do better that way too?

it also sounds like he may be going through a growth spurt. Also, at this point their eye sight is really getting better, and they are starting to recognize people. He may just be one of those kids that doesnt want to be alone. Kellen is like that. If he realizes hes alone in a room he gets upset. Our DS1 didnt sleep through the night till he was 3.. when DS2 moved into the crib in the room with him.

Hang in there. and remember, this is just a phase Smile

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Joined: 07/21/07
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Thanks for all the suggestions ladies. Sleeping has been much better these past 2 nights. He is sick with a cold, so I started using a humidifier with Vicks vaposteam to help his cough. We are using a white noise machine too. I decided to try cosleeping and he is sleeping so much better now. His last feed is at 9pm, and then I do a dreamfeed at 11:30. His first wake up after that was 4:20! So much better than the 2.5 hour stretches we were having earlier in the week!

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I'm so jealous of all of you. Sean won't sleep more than three hours at night most of the time, sometimes less... we've switched to using a night light because he's afraid of the dark and if he's in our bed he wants to play. He goes to sleep fine and easily but he doesn't stay that way easily and every night between 1 am and five am he starts grunting, constantly. We burp him two to three times after a feeding and he's sleeping through the grunts but we're not. If I can get him to take all five to six oz of his bottle like he does in the day he'll occasionally sleep four hours but it's rare that he'll take more than 3 to occasionally 4 oz at night and I don't know how to change that.

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I think its a fluke buy Gideon slept from 9:30 till 6:30 this morning!

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Seans still wondering every few nights but three out of the last five nights he's slept five hours before he's ready for another bottle and then he wakes up about three hours later.