I thought by 7 months it would be better )-:(5 Posts)
Dd 7 months old and has never slept for more than 2 hours during the day or night. I am totally exhausted; i don't know what to do any more. We have tried everything; changed milk, been assessed by Paediatrician - no cause has been found! During the day all he does is cry. I am unable to go to the local shops as he cries all the way there in the car and back!
I suppose i thought by 7 months it would be better and that it what has got me this far...I'm beginning to loose hope...
It sounds tough for you. Dare I say it but have you tried some sleep training?
I have one that cries alot too - and she still wakes around twice a night so not as bad as your situation but I try and go into the room quite soon after she wakes so doesnt fully wake up and sometimes a little tummy rub helps settle her back to sleep.
Ohh no sounds awful. My ds is 7.5 mths and at some points i thought it would be easier too! He just became a nightmare at nap/bedtime. I gave in and very reluctantly did some sleep training. Was no where near as bad as i thought and within a week he is sleeping 10-12 hours, with the odd wake at 4am but i can cope with that for now! If his night time is sorted he might nap better so might also help with the daytime grumpiness! Hope this helps a little!
I totally sympathise with you, my DS is also 7 months, wakes all the time and goes ballistic in the car seat. It is so bad that we can't really go anywhere in the car. Until a month ago he also went crazy In The push chair so I was constantly carrying him in the sling.
Is he sleeping in his cot or with you? I have to co sleep otherwise I would have well and truly conked out, keeping him in cot was hell.
I don't have any Magic tricks but I did buy a second hand copy of the fussy baby book by Dr Sears which is all about high need babies and coping mechanisms and it was so reassuring. I always feel embarrassed at baby groups because DS is always the one crying and all the other mums look at me and ask why he is so grumpy (I dont friggin know!).
It is going to get better, I like you imagined or hoped it would be by now, but I think we just have to hang on in there. My DS seems frustrated a lot of the time, I think when he can crawl or walk and when he can talk it's going to be better. I think you have to lower all expectations and one thing that helped me was to focus on all the small achievements. So for me, if I managed to get DS to then coal park in push chair for a ten minute walk this was to be celebrated! I know it sounds naff but looking for even the tiniest positives helps.
I tried sleep consultant but that was a disaster, I couldn't bear him crying (it is insanely loud) and he vomited all over himself and cot after nine mins! The woman left after half an hour as she said I wasn't ready and commented. That in eight years she had never had one vomit so quickly.
You are not alone! Xxx
I have also just done some sleep training with my 7.5 mo. I don't want to jinx it, but a week in, it's worked like a charm, there wasn't that much crying, and last night he slept through for the very first time. I think he could settle himself all along, but because we rushed in every time he woke, we just weren't giving him the chance. I would highly recommend it, if you're keyed up for it, and your partner supports you. I feel your pain, anyway.
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