Need some serious parenting advice....

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Need some serious parenting advice....

Well, my sweet little baby who was sleeping from 7:30 at night until 3:30 or 4 am has been waking about 6 or 7 times a night (on a good night) since last Thursday. We don't know what in the world is going on. He doesn't act like he normally does when he wakes by accident in the middle of the night. He usually mumbles and coos to himself until he drifts off, but he has been waking up screaming bloody murder. Sometimes he will continue to wake up this way every fifteen to thirty minutes for 2 hours straight. He's teething, so we tried tylenol. We got about 2 1/2 to 3 hours sleep that way. I tried to put him in bed with me, and I got 1 1/2 hours of sleep out of him. I'm a restless sleeper, so that is why that didn't work out. He was a little congested so we also tried irrigating his little nose, but that isn't working. He's also been constipated and gassy. I also tried the whole bicycle legs thing but to no avail.

The hubby is NOT a good night time waker. He's like the walking dead. Physically, he's awake, but mentally, he just isn't there. Thus, he is not able to help as much as he could. So, I've told him to just stay in bed because I'm worried about him accidentally dropping the baby, etc. So, I'm going on maybe about 2 hours of straight sleep today, and my nerves are shot.

Did I mention that he's not in a particularly good mood during the day either? Let's just say at bedtime last night, my nerves were absolutely raw.

So I need advice. What in the world can I do to get my little guy to sleep for more than 2 or 3 hours again? Do you think it's the constipation?

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It very well could be the constipation. My little guy was bad at night a few weeks ago when he had it. The teeth are probably a factor, too. Maybe try giving him prunes for a few days? It helped Conor clear himself out.

Good luck! I know about zombie DHs.. mine is one, too. I do all the night stuff!

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I could have posted the exact same thing, but Nicholas has never been a good sleeper, but has been worse lately. i have tried everything too. Sorry im no help but at least your not alone!

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Sounds like night terrors, and yes babies can have them.

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I'm not sure what the reason is, but all three of my kids have had a rough time sleeping around this age. It's the worst because you feel like they should be getting better, not worse, at the whole sleeping thing, but they don't really care what we feel they should be doing lol. All I can suggest is to maintain your routine. If you do they will go back to normal eventually. If, in trying everything, they lose the routine you'll have to start from square one once they're sleeping better. This happened with my first baby, he started sleeping badly so I started holding him for naps and a lot of times at night, just so he'd sleep. It ended up being REALLY hard getting him back in his crib! From then on even if baby's sleeping pattern changed I tried keeping everything I did the same and eventually things improved. Babies go through crazy phases like this and it's usually impossible to tell what the reason is, just know it's temporary and eventually they WILL sleep! I've been telling myself that for over 4 years now HA!

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Could be constipation. We had the same issues last night. Didn't want to sleep for anyone. I gave up and put her in the swing. She woke up with a nice full diaper. Hopefully she will be a happy baby. With us, DH isn't home at night. He works 3rd shift so I don't have a choice to get up

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The constipation thing has gotten us a few times, too. I've been giving DD water in her sippy cup when she has had trouble. I'm wondering if she is getting less water because she is sweating so much (and so am I!). We also give her apple juice sometimes.

For a few nights we also gave her tylenol as part of her bedtime routine. It helped a little. She's not drooling quite as much as before and has been sleeping better for a couple of nights, so I wonder if it was teething all along.

We have all been there. Just hold on!

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Thanks to all of you for your advice and commiseration. David finally seems to be back on track. He only woke up once last night, and he slept in for an extra hour and a half this morning! He's also started to move around in his sleep. When I checked on him at 3:00 am, he was sleeping in a horizontal position. I put him to bed in a vertical position. When he woke up at 6:30 this morning, he had moved from the same vertical position in the complete opposite direction. I was surprised to say the least. Does this mean I need to drop his crib down?

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You should drop his crib down when he can sit up on his own Smile