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DS doesn't like his cot!

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boundarybabe Sat 26-Sep-09 21:15:46

has anyone else encountered this? DS has decided he doesn't like his cot. He was going down with little or no problem-sometimes fighting sleep but the cot itself not an issue. Recently when he has gone down in the cot he has started screaming and crying inconsolably if he wakes up - sometimes at night that can be 5 mins after going to bed if he is disturbed, but often in the middle of the night he will wake naturally.e will quite happily fall asleep on our bed, the spare bed or the sofa. The last couple of nights we have had him in with us all night

boundarybabe Sat 26-Sep-09 21:17:31

sorry, meant to add he will fall asleep on another bed whether we're there or not so don't think it's a separation thing.

mum23monkeys Sat 26-Sep-09 21:47:21

how old is he?

LynetteScavo Sat 26-Sep-09 21:49:11

It's not that he doesn't like his cot; he doesn't like being seperated from you.

boundarybabe Sat 26-Sep-09 22:12:49

he's 7 months. He will fall asleep without us there, just not in the cot- so i don't think it's separation anxiety- i don't mind co-sleeping but would rather it wasn't our only option. We think it might be a comfort thing- when he's on a bed he's lying on a duvet - perhaps that's just more comfy?!

fannybanjo Sat 26-Sep-09 22:17:59

Yes, we had this with DD1. We worked out that she kept waking herself up by getting trapped in the cot bars. We ended up moving her to the travel cot (we bought a proper mattress for it) and from that moment on, she slept wonderfully!

lowrib Sat 26-Sep-09 23:02:05

I'm finding recently that DS sleeps much better in the travel cot than the cot - I reckon it's because there's more room. He moves about quite a lot when asleep and ends up in uncomfortable positions and in the bars.

I'm not happy with him sleeping in a travel cot long term though as the mattress is very thin and I'm not sure if that's good for his back?

I'm considering either moving him to some kind of bigger cot-bed, or maybe even getting a bespoke mattress made for the travel-cot if that's where he seems to be happy long term. (I found a place online which will make them).

fannybanjo did you have to get one made - where did you get yours?

Watching this thread with interest.

boundarybabe Sun 27-Sep-09 07:27:57

hmm- again i don't think that's the issue as once he's asleep he hardly moves. It's literally wake up, lift head, scream. He's only got a foam mattress and i wonder if it's uncomfortable. Bit loathe to spend out on a decent one when it might not work! (skint)

sandcastles Sun 27-Sep-09 07:52:48

Maybe he has too much room either side of him, have you tried swaddling him?

boundarybabe Sun 27-Sep-09 11:17:59

he has a sleeping bag, and i've tried packing the sides of the cot with rolled blankets etc. I just spent half an hour trying get him to nap in the cot- he had a complete tantrum- put him on my bed and he passed out instantly! He woke up twice in the night crying even though he was in bed with his dad (i spent the night in the spare room catching up!). I really don't know what the problem is.

sandcastles Sun 27-Sep-09 12:59:44

Have you tried puttinug him in there awake, to play? Or do you have a bassinet? Maybe put him in that, in the cot to get used to it?

boundarybabe Sun 27-Sep-09 15:39:26

no bassinet- he doesn't fit anymore! He's been in the cot with no problem for about 3 months, it's just the last couple of weeks. I have been creative with a duvet to try and make his cot more 'nest-like' -obviously without creating a suffocation hazard! So we shall see. Hopefully just a phase but will keep on with the suggestions.

fannybanjo Sun 27-Sep-09 18:34:58

Unfortunately boundary, some babies just seem to be slightly picky over where they sleep! I doubt there is a "problem" with him, he is just shouting out with his preference. Unless you want to leave him to cry it out in his cot, you will be up and down with him. That decision is up to you.

lowrib, it was an internet site but it was over 6 years ago and I can't remember which one!

boundarybabe Sun 27-Sep-09 20:07:53

yes, i think that may the case fanjo- who'd have thought he'd prefer a king size double to a tiny cot? The little beggar grin. He's had the hump all day today anyway - think he may have a dicky tummy so that won't help. If any co-sleepers are reading this i'd be interested to know how long you ended up co-sleeping for?! Any tips for someone who wasn't planning to co-sleep but may have ended up doing it anyway??

boundarybabe Mon 28-Sep-09 11:10:49

Just wanted to say thanks to everyone with suggestions - DS slept the night in his cot 'nest' last night - looks like he's just a child who likes his creature comforts!

GentleOtter Mon 28-Sep-09 11:16:45

Please talk me through how you did it, boundarybabe?
We have been having exactly the same issue and last night was utter hell. Ds ended up in our bed alone.....sleeping nicely.

I keep droppping things and bursting into tears today. Ds is bright as a button.

boundarybabe Mon 28-Sep-09 12:33:31

Well I don't profess to be an expert.....

But, I think through a process of elimination we worked out that DS liked sleeping on a bed because it was more comfy than a cot mattress (he was on top of our duvet). Also, when you're on top of a duvet you sink a bit, so I think he didn't feel as exposed. So we bought a single duvet and wrapped it around the cot mattress (luckily the width of the duvet was the same as the length of the mattress), obviously making sure the ends were firmly underneath - they actually overlap a bit. We just put a duvet cover on instead of trying to fit a sheet over the finished article. We let him fall asleep on our bed instead of trying to settle him in the cot so he wasn't in anyway upset and transferred him once he'd dropped off. He did wake up about two hours after going down and I just gave him a cuddle to calm him and put him straight back in the cot. He went back to sleep straight away and only woke once in the night (but didn't cry). The plan now is that that can be his duvet which should give him some continuity once he transfers to a bed.

Of course, this may have been a one off but hopefully we've cracked it. Good luck with yours! How old is your DS?

GentleOtter Mon 28-Sep-09 13:03:03

Thank you. smile

Ds is 2 and it is our own fault for taking him in beside us - it was easier feeding him through the night.

Now he wants our bed which has a wool mattress with one of those fancy pants memory foam mattresses on top - it is super comfy.

We will try anything. I lament when he outgrew his Amby hammock as he slept all night in it.

boundarybabe Mon 28-Sep-09 13:16:37

Maybe you could get a memory foam topper for his bed/cot...? Or as he's a bit older perhaps create a hammock by suspending a duvet from the cot sides (may be stretching the creativeness there a bit!)

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