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13 month old started waking in night -back to work in a week's time

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nello Sun 02-Aug-15 05:47:21

Advice needed badly as back to work in a week. After getting DS sleeping through the night from about age 10months, by using gradual retreat, he has recently started waking in the night. Bedtime he screams dreadfully and needs to be stroked to sleep (still crying as he does so) and then he wakes in the night and the only way to console him is to take him into bed with me....but he is tossing and turning and waking a lot and keeping me a wake....getting about 3 hours of solid sleep a night. Not sure what to do. Not breasfeading any more. He eats well in the day time so not a hunger thing. he drinks a lot of water when he wakes in the night. Should I send OH in the night, even though this will result in soooo much screaming. I am finding it unbearable. Thanks for any suggestions? Is this a situation needing me to let him cry? I have always been so against crying. He has about 6 teeth about to come through and also has just learnt to walk...a lot of development stuff going on, but doesn't help the fact that i need to sleep, as I can't possibily do my job on the amount of sleep i am getting. Plus, have turned into such a horrid mummy for my lovely 4 year old girl sad Please offer ideas - greatly appreciated x

nello Sun 02-Aug-15 14:33:15


MrsLeighHalfpenny Sun 02-Aug-15 14:37:08

Welcome to the world of the working parent!

GenevaMaybe Sun 02-Aug-15 14:39:00

I would get a sleep consultant in and quick. Otherwise the whole family including your 13-month old will suffer

MrsLeighHalfpenny Sun 02-Aug-15 14:45:43

Sleep consultant?!?!?!?!

Just suck it up like the rest of us do. I was totally knackered for about 3 years after having DD 1 and 2 in quick succession. I went back to work when each was 6 months old (benefits not as good 20 years ago) and used to go to the toilet for a chance to close my eyes for a couple of mins!

eurochick Sun 02-Aug-15 15:15:10

The answer is coffee. Lots of coffee. I've been back since she was six months (now a year). I reckon I have had three uninterrupted nights in that time. But you just get on with it.

nello Sun 02-Aug-15 15:32:54

'Just suck it up like the rest of us do'....a bit harsh! I was only asking for advice.

GenevaMaybe Sun 02-Aug-15 18:02:53

Sucking it up isn't really going to help though is it? A sleep consultant will sort it in 3 nights

fruitpastille Sun 02-Aug-15 18:04:01

Could you try calpol at bedtime to help with teeth? And I would alternate nights or wakings with your OH. Hopefully a phase!

BikeRunSki Sun 02-Aug-15 18:11:23

Redbull and carbs.
DD didn't sleep for more than 4 hours in a row until after her 3rd birthday. Sometimes she woke up her older brother. He'd inevitably awake after she'd gone back to sleep. I remember more than 1 occasion when I drove to work (20 miles) having been awake for 21 hours or more. We tried various sleep training methods, but in the end she just took it on herself to sleep. Now I can't get her to wake up in the mornings!

mrsdias Tue 04-Aug-15 14:09:10

i have heard alot of people mention sleep consultants, what are they! and how do i get one lol. I have a lO who is 15 onths and no where close to sleeping throug! x

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