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my 19 week old wont sleep at night, please help..

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rom14 Thu 16-Jun-11 09:16:46

Hi, few weeks ago my baby was asleep by 7pm and woke up at about 4-5am. suddenly he wont go down without help (rocking him), and then he wakes up 2 hours later-i give him his bottle, after that he sleeps 2-3 hours (if am lucky) and then he just wakes up and talks, make noises for about an hour-then cries for another hour-just doesn't want to sleep. I end up taking him out of his cot and cuddling, rocking, well whatever it takes really.
So he's up about 6 times a night (a good night) .
he does have a dummy, so i was thinking maybe that's the problem, or???? I am 100%sure he is not hungry ( having solids already), he is not in pain...so what could it be?
He is teething but being up almost all night, is this normal?

sweetuphoria Thu 16-Jun-11 09:42:24

There is a big growth/developmental leap at that age (my DD went through the same thing). I don't think there's a lot you can do about it unfortunately, I think they just ride it out themselves.

Look up a book called the wonder weeks, it tells you when to expect these dev leaps.

Octaviapink Thu 16-Jun-11 12:19:35

My bet would be hunger. They can't actually digest solids before 26 weeks because their guts aren't mature enough, so the food he's eating won't be providing him with any nutrition - it'll just be going straight through. I would definitely try another bottle later on.

greenshoot19 Thu 16-Jun-11 22:40:10

Hi! My girl also went through a nightmare sleeping stage around 4/5 months and I definitely knew she wasn't hungry. Are you happy to let him have a bit of shout? I soon realised that my DD just wanted attention and to have a bit of a paddy, but if we held our nerve and let her cry it out (we would go and see her every few minutes to put the dummy back in) after about two weeks of this every night, (which does require a lot of perseverance!) she soon started to learn how to get herself back to sleep. If theres one thing I have learnt it is to be consistent and not give up! you are doing so well! smile

Octaviapink Fri 17-Jun-11 18:34:46

As greenshoot says, they quickly learn that crying for you doesn't get any result and give up trying to communicate with you that something's wrong. Letting them cry it out does take perserverence, but I know several parents who can quite peacefully sleep through their child crying for half an hour at a time.

Sarcasm hopefully obvious. Cry-it-out at four months old is brutal. Far too young, and sets you up for problems later on related to attachment.

greenshoot19 Fri 17-Jun-11 19:29:21

Octaviapink I always always think you should pick a baby up if something is wrong. But the point was nothing was wrong, I know when shes trying it on and when something is genuinely wrong. I doubt we would have done this if she hadn't shown signs of being able to settle herself, which she quickly did as there wasn't anything really wrong! And she certainly has no problems communicating when she is really unhappy, or attachment for that matter! At the end of the day, each baby is different and it is a bit trial and error, in no way am i saying this is the only way, I'm just sharing what I learnt from my own experience in case it helps someone else have a contented sleeping baby. best of luck rom14.

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