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6 mo DS has regressed. Will only sleep when held cheek to cheek with me!

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Babyisaac Sat 12-Jul-08 09:44:44

He used to settle really well. Would wake once in the night for a bf and then settled back again until around 7am. Now, within an hour of going to bed he is awake again. We keep trying PUPD but to no avail. It seems the only way he'll settle is if I put him on our bed and pull him in close. Then I shuffle away and go back downstairs but he will wake up after about 15 mins. I did this 6 times last night and in the end I just had an early night to keep him asleep.

Any thoughts? I thought it was teething but he doesn't seem in any pain and will literally fall asleep as soon as I pick him up.

Feel as though I'm dealing with a newborn again. He had learnt how to sleep by himself but now can't do it anymore. As much as I love him, I really don't think I can spend 24 hours a day attached to him (which is what he'd love!) sad

Have you tried swaddling? He probably just loves feeling safe and cuddled. Try sleeping with the blanket you intend to wrap him in wrapped around you so it smells of mummy, then tuck him up and see how he gets on. You can also get lullaby melody things which trigger when the baby cries, they're handy to have.

I'm probably not the best person to respond though as until mine was about 7 months I had him tucked downstairs with me until we went up to bed!

davidtennantsmistress Sat 12-Jul-08 09:54:49

agree with hwat james has said.

re the regression thing - they do i'm afriad, mines 2 and sometimes goes backwards.

one thing that did work for us thou was for me to take off my top i'd worn that day (not as yukky as it sounds honestly!) and put it on a teddy, with it right close to him. (then again my ds is a bit older so less risks involved) but how would you feel about that?

Babyisaac Sat 12-Jul-08 11:38:07

Thanks girls, I will try the t-shirt thing. I haven't done that since he was a few weeks old and it didn't work then but maybe it's worth a try now. I just thought we'd be nearing sleeping through by now but it seems years off.....sigh sad

zulubump Sat 12-Jul-08 20:01:00

Hi Babyisaac. I don't really have any advice for now, but just wanted to offer you some encouragement. My dd was sleeping really well at 3 months, but then at 5 months seemed to go backward like your ds. She'd only sleep with me holding her and would wake up the moment I tried to put her down! It's amazing how they can sense it isn't it? So don't feel bad, it is something that just seems to happen. There didn't seem to be much I could do that helped things, but she did gradually improve on her own. She sleeps really well now and has done for a while (she's 9 months now). So don't give up hope.

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