How can I get my baby to STAY asleep at night?

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Chrisie
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Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2007 8:50 pm 
Post subject: How can I get my baby to STAY asleep at night?
Confused Im looking for help or answers to my problem as my husband and I have had no sleep for 6 months!
My son is just coming up to 6 mths and we have in a sleep routine to go to bed at night which is not the problem as he goes to sleep well. Its the staying asleep thru the night, initially he generally sleeps for 2-3hrs but then its every hour all night til he wants to get up at apx 5am. He screams til you go to him and then settles quickly for the next hour.....
hes in in own cot in case we wake him, we've tried a sleep-bag, food before bed(he is weaned), just water and milk feeds.
What else is there?
I also have a 4yr old son to consider.
Any advice would really be appreciated.
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Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2007 2:35 pm 
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I'm afraid I can't offer any words of advice as I'm in the same boat.

I'd be really interested to hear how other parents have resolved this issue.
We have resorted to taking it in turns to stay at my sisters with our 5 year old daughter just to get some sleep!
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Posted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 6:31 pm 
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I went through exactly the same thing with my daughter, when it seemed that everyone elses baby was sleeping through the night, mine was waking sometimes as often as every hour.
As she got older it did get a bit better, but by 22 months we could count the number of full nights sleep on the fingers of one hand. At that point I decided that enough was enough and if she woke up we left her for fifteen minutes before going to her, we just lay her back down and even if she stood up again we left the room. We went back to her every 15 mins and did the same thing. The first night it went on for over 3 hours, the second an hour and by the third night she was sleeping through, 7pm - 7am! We have had a couple of hiccoughs since (we did this 5 months ago) but we did the same thing and she went straight back to sleeping through. I now wish that we had had the bottle to do it earlier, I just couldn't stand the sound of her screaming, but it would have been worth it for everyone. I hope this helps, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, I know it may not feel like it now, but it will get better.
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Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 5:25 pm 
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My baby is 16 months old and wakes at approximately 11pm for a bottle of milk and then 4am every night - he will only go back to sleep after I have replaced his dummy, passed him his chicky and sometimes he needs a cuddle too. I have not het found the courage to let him cry but having read Chrisie's post I am going to do it - my concern is that I won't know if he is teething and therefore in pain - also should I try to help him find his dummy i.e. by leaving a light on in the room or use glow in the dark ones or let him struggle with out it ?
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Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 6:44 pm 
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My daughter had a dummy too, and would wake if she "lost" it in the night. We would put her a couple of spares in her cot and show her where they were if she lost one. If we did need to go to her to give her her dummy back, to keep things consistent we would still wait 10-15mins before going to her. We didn't speak to her, just gave her a dummy (we always had a spare in our room!), lay her down and left the room. If she continued to cry we went back to the 15 minute intervals as per my previous post, she very rarely did this though after the first week of doing the controlled crying.
Good luck x
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Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 4:44 am 
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You are doing a great job Tillyfloss,

Taking lot of care of your daughter, I think you have no option to this for the next one year, I can only wish you luck.. Smile... All I can say is, these are little days you need to learn to enjoy. You are not going to get those again.. So, if you forget your pain and enjoy the lovely days with your child, I am sure you will remember those all your life.

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Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2007 9:51 am 
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Chrisie wrote:
Confused Im looking for help or answers to my problem as my husband and I have had no sleep for 6 months!
My son is just coming up to 6 mths and we have in a sleep routine to go to bed at night which is not the problem as he goes to sleep well. Its the staying asleep thru the night, initially he generally sleeps for 2-3hrs but then its every hour all night til he wants to get up at apx 5am. He screams til you go to him and then settles quickly for the next hour.....
hes in in own cot in case we wake him, we've tried a sleep-bag, food before bed(he is weaned), just water and milk feeds.
What else is there?
I also have a 4yr old son to consider.
Any advice would really be appreciated.


hi Chrisie ,
i am Dilip as i had read your quote i think i could help b suggesting you.if your baby is not sleeping at night it means that it has been slept in the day. make it feed heavily u must sleep beside the baby or take your baby onyour soulder and rome for a wile, this technique will probably help u.
thank you
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Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2007 12:02 pm 
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hi dilip i understand what your saying but if you sleep next to your baby wont he/she get used to it and when you finally put the down in there own room they wont sleep as the comfort of having mum lying next them wont be there anymore, that mean the child will become an even bigger nightmare than they already are, ive found the best way is to try and keep them awake as mucha s you can and say if baby has a bottle a 7.30 and then bedtime is at 9 just top them up with another bottle i found my daughter always falls asleep after all her feeds., she now sleeps from 9.30 to 8.30 am so i get a full nights sleep

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I HAVE A 3 MTH OLD GIRL MY 3RD BABY ALSO AND SO I HAVE 2 KIDS THAT WAKE BY 7-8AM AND I AM JUST GETTNG TO BED BY 5-6AM BECAUSE I HAVE TO TAKE A MEDICATION AT NIGHT THAT MAKES ME SLEEPY SO I HAVE TO WAIT TILL I GET THE BABY DOWN WHEN I NO SHE WILL SLEEP AT LEAST 6 HRS. MY PROBLEM IS SHE SLEEPS GREAT IN THE NOISEY HOUSE ALL DAY AND AT NIGHT SHE WONT SLEEP I HAVE CAME UP WITH ALL KINDS OF REASONS AND TRIED TO KEEP HER AWAKE DURING DAY AND SHE STILL WANTS TO SLEEP ALL DAY AND BE UP AND DOWN DURING THE NIGHT BETWEEN THE TIMES OF 11PM-5-6AM HOW CAN I CHANGE THIS SO SHE IS SLEEPING DURING NIGHT AS MY OTHER KIDS THEY ARE IN BED BY 9PM
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Chrisie wrote:
Confused Im looking for help or answers to my problem as my husband and I have had no sleep for 6 months!
My son is just coming up to 6 mths and we have in a sleep routine to go to bed at night which is not the problem as he goes to sleep well. Its the staying asleep thru the night, initially he generally sleeps for 2-3hrs but then its every hour all night til he wants to get up at apx 5am. He screams til you go to him and then settles quickly for the next hour.....
hes in in own cot in case we wake him, we've tried a sleep-bag, food before bed(he is weaned), just water and milk feeds.
What else is there?
I also have a 4yr old son to consider.
Any advice would really be appreciated.


Hi Chrisie,
Im going through the exact same thing at the moment with my little boy who is 9 months old..... Like your little boy getting him to sleep is not the issue, its keeping him sleeping. He went into his own room at 8 weeks and was sleeeping great but over the last few months he is waking about 3 or 4 times during the night.

I finally decided to try the controlled crying as im now back at work and my husband and i are getting very little sleep. I started it on Tue night when he woke at 2.30am. it took over 2 hours to get him back to sleep only for him to wake again at 5.30am!!!! Last night he woke just after midnight and it took 40mins to get him back over but he was awake again at 4.30am and i couldn't get him back to sleep so had to get up with him!! When he wakes, i leave him for 5mins then go into his room and just lie him down, give him a kiss and his dummy and walk out the room. He seems fine when i lie him down but as soon as im out the room he is standing up crying! It's horrible having him crying and i think it might be better just to take him in with us.........

Everyone says that the controlled crying works so im going to try and stick it out for a few more nights to see if there is any improvement.

Lynne x
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Posted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 9:58 pm 
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Hello ladies, I have a suggestion to those of you who are having to go in to replace your babies dummy. I had the same problem with Olivia for about a month. She couldn't find a spare dummy in her cot so I looked into different options to help her find them. The sleepytot comforter caught my eye (its a cuddly soft toy that you attach dummies to so they can find them). I did intend to buy one of those to give it a go but then realised that I could adapt her bedtime bear teddy to do the same job. I have attatched a dummy to its floppy hat. I spent a couple of days playing with the teddy with her, making sure the dummy was hidden underneath the toy and then asking her to find the dummy. She did this no problem so now when she is in bed and looses her dummy she knows there is one on her teddy and finds it herself. It works a treat and we haven't had any disturbed sleep since. Have a look at what your baby has at bedtime and see if there is something you could use. Good luck x Wink
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christine82 wrote:
Hello ladies, I have a suggestion to those of you who are having to go in to replace your babies dummy. I had the same problem with Olivia for about a month. She couldn't find a spare dummy in her cot so I looked into different options to help her find them. The sleepytot comforter caught my eye (its a cuddly soft toy that you attach dummies to so they can find them). I did intend to buy one of those to give it a go but then realised that I could adapt her bedtime bear teddy to do the same job. I have attatched a dummy to its floppy hat. I spent a couple of days playing with the teddy with her, making sure the dummy was hidden underneath the toy and then asking her to find the dummy. She did this no problem so now when she is in bed and looses her dummy she knows there is one on her teddy and finds it herself. It works a treat and we haven't had any disturbed sleep since. Have a look at what your baby has at bedtime and see if there is something you could use. Good luck x Wink


Thanks Christine, ill give this a try. Cameron has a bedtime bear from mothercare that i could attach a dummy to......hopefully this will work for him!!

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Olivia has the same bear just undo the the knot in the sleeping cap and tie it with a dummy in xx
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hi everyone my name is joanne i am 20 years old my wee girl has just turned nine months shes great apart from when its bed time shes in my bed everynight im hanging out the side then she is up about four times during the night crying im exaushted!!!! i have tried putin her in her cot but she onli lasts a while then is up i thought people say the younger you are the easier it is coz u dnt get as tired so not true haha i am going to try letting her cry and going in every so often to check on her anyone going through the same and have any ideas xxxxx
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Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 7:44 am 
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I know the feeling Sad Charlie is coming up for 6 months and is waking 4-5 times a night, I'm so exsausted I'm sleeping kn the bottom bunk of my other sons bed at night as I just fall asleep feeding him.
I haven't slept in my bed with my oh for so long it's crazy.

Charlie doesn't have a dummy so I don't have that problem but I do think he's using me as a sleeping aid, Its the only way I manage to get any sleep!

I feel like a zombie! And it's at a point now where i can't be bothered to do anything during the day!
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