Firstly thanks for taking time to read our woes and apologies if this has been done before...
My Ds is 34 weeks now.
Since around 9 weeks he has slept from 8-8:30pm til about 5 am where he had a feed and nappy change and back to cot to sleep til about 8am or later.
Dropped the night feed aged 21 weeks and he continued to sleep until around 5 am, nappy change and back to sleep until around 8 or 9 am.
Past few weeks he has gone to bed as per usual but has repeatedly woken up and wont re-settle, sometimes taking over an hour to sleep, usually waking around 6 am to get up. He isnt hungry as we have offered food/milk(didnt want to back track but was so exhausted). He has been teething but got his first 2 teeth through almost 7 weeks ago now, use dentinox get as required and have given calpol when we feel he needs it(dont want to give as routine).
I am at the point of exhaustion. Please can anyone recommend a good sleeping guide/pattern that has worked for them? Got appt with HV next week to discuss issues but to be honest I am so tired I dont think we can wait til then for advice.
Is he starting to crawl or move more? My dd was similarly good but went feral around this time. We eventually left her to cry for few minutes then resettled her as she was overtired. Also how is tr daily eating - my dd needed/ still needed three big milks a day on top of three meals and snacks. Trouble is/ was getting last meal down her was tricky as she was tired. We just let her stay up a little to get it out her system fr few weeks. Re early waking is it the light getting through blinds in room?
prosecco we have got really heavily lined curtains and no light gets in room. The windows are opened slightly but TBH we dont really hear many birds and he can sleep through all sorts usually, thunder, low flying planes etc.
He doesnt nap a great deal throughout the day, has 30-45 mins after breakfast, lunch and dinner.
he has become a very restless sleeper since he has learned to roll onto belly etc. Used to move him back but that was waking him so now leave him if he is comfy and in a safe position.
Check regularly that he is not too hot/cold.
Just at a loss as to what to do now/what has changed!
Babies do change their sleeping patterns all the time.
If he is starting to move around more in the day, he'll also do this at night and may seem as if he is more restless- it is just the different periods of sleep. However, could he by thrashing his hands against the cot when he does so and maybe waking himself up this way? My friend's dd did this and she invested in cot bumpers which helped.
I'd vote for more teething and/or separation anxiety setting in. In the past he was obviously settling himself again, but now that he knows that you're around when he can't see you, he's wanting you to come a-running. Separation anxiety does pass.