Ds is 6 1/2 months and a bad sleeper. He slept through from 11 weeks but at 19 weeks he had an ear infection which disrupted his sleep pattern. Then he learned to rolll over and constantly wakes himself up. It can take anything from 30 minutes to 2 hours to get him to settle in his cot. He goes to sleep being cuddled but as soon as I put him down he rolls over and wakes up. Between 7 and 9 last night he woke up rolling over 6 times until I went to bed and co slept. He rolls less and sleeps better when we co sleep as I can cradle him to keep him still but that means I get no sleep.
I go back to work in 7 weeks and I have a long commute. I'm really worried about driving after 2/3 hours sleep so I need to find a solution. I've tried rolled up blankets in his cot to stop him rolling, I've read the no cry sleep solution but can't really see what it wants me to do?
We have a routine of story, lullaby, bottle and cuddles. We don't have a bath as he doesn't like them and he gets agitated. Naps ok in the day but generally on ke or in the pram.
Any ideas?I'm dreading going back to work but can't afford to take any more time off.
He sleeps best on his side, as soon as he rolls onto his front he wakes up and starts crying. Co sleeping is great for him he sleeps much better but I only get a couple of hours. Unfortunately the train isn't an option, its a 25 minute drive to the nearest station and would be a 30 minute walk at the other end!
I have, he kicked his way out! Maybe I need to try getting bigger sheets so they go all the way round. I would ned to get him to go to sleep on his back then wouldn't I? Maybe I should staple his grow bag to the bed
Can you side-car the cot to the bed so that you both have your own space? That way he can be on his side whilst you pat/shush him a little and then when you are both asleep you will find your own space.
I was back at work fulltime from 14 weeks and have found cosleeping to be a life saver, it also means we have a few more precious moments, otherwise I'd only see her for 30 minutes a day in the week.
I tried to put the cot to the sid of the bed but it made no diference. He spent all night roling, kicking his cot etc. I bought an airwrap to stop him from grabbing the bars but he just scratches that instead. He stopped sleeping before he went onto formula so don't think its that, its the constsnt rolling and kicking thats waking him up.
Sorry, I know I sound really negative about suggestions but I've tried everything I can think of. Co sleeping just isn't working, I'm getting about 3 hours sleep. I really don't want to do cc with a 6mo, I don't think I have it in me.
Mmm it's a nightmare isn't it my dd calmed down once she stopped flapping about. Cosleeping didn't work in that period. Cc might not work if is developmental (ie the rolling). Sometimes it would be wind thoug waking her up (eg a little burp).
God, its so frustrating. He's been in bed for an hour and woken 4 times already. I can't remember the last time me and dp ate together, most of the time I just end up eating cereal in bed because he won't be left. Dp i sup there now because I'm getting stressed and tearful, I really don't think we can carry on like this but I've no idea what to do.
It wouldn't be so bad if he was easy during the day but he just screams all the time. He'll play or go in his bouncer for 10 minutes at the most. He will not go in any sort of rocker or chair so I end up carrying him around all day. I'm so worried about going back to work
Just wanted to say I feel your pain as my nearly 7mo isn't sleeping either. He has got marginally better since rolling has become a bit more controlled, but he still wakes up at least 3/4 times a night.
Sometimes if I go to him just before I think he will wake up, and move his position slightly (I turn him on to his other side usually) then that can stop him waking up when he would have (does that make sense?!)
Basically though, Im just surviving on redbull and hoping like hell this ends soon.... It has to end soon right?!
He had an ear infection a few months ago and thats when his sleep started to go wrong. I assumed that he had just gotten out of the habit of sleeping when that happened iyswim. Is it possible that something is still bothering him from then?
I clean his ears but only as far as is safe with a wriggly baby.
sillymilly sorry I missed your post. I really hope it ends soon <yawn>
No the blockage is from the inside iyswim. So a build up of mucus and gunk (think about when you have a head cold and your hearing goes muffled). You can't get it out by cleaning, it needs to drain itself.
Yea take him to the doctors and get his ears checked. The behaviour in the day and the poor sleep would indicate that something is definitely wrong - it doesn't sound like habitual waking to me.
Get a GP who is experienced with babies to check his ears. I kept took mine to one on one day who said they were ok. Next day, I went again and a different one said they were not.
I'll call the GP in the morning. Unfortunately my practice has only 1 GP full time so I'm limited with who I can see. Thank you so much, I just assumed as it seemed to have cleared up after taking antibiotics then the problem had gone but maybe not. Its got to be worth a try