Help me put baby to sleep.
May 9, 2010 4:53 PM Subscribe
My 15-month-old still
won't sleep through the night. How can I change this?
I'll try to keep this economical. Our boy is happy and healthy but, with the exception of a few weeks back when he was a few months old, he never sleeps through the night without waking to be fed. I know, I know, my wife and I gave into his demand from the very beginning and haven't stopped as long as he's demanded it.
My wife breastfeeds, previously it was several times a day, but a few months ago he stopped feeding during the day entirely; he's now eating more or less what my wife and I eat (and a lot of it!)
We keep his crib next to our bed and we put him in it when he falls asleep at around 9 or so, but he will inevitably wake up once, twice, three times a night (or more) and the only thing that will make him go back to sleep is a feeding from mom. Often he'll just chew without actually drinking, so we've tried to substitute pacifiers but have met little success with that. My wife, after over a year of this nightly pattern, is exhausted.
We've tried the "cry it out" method a few times, which sucked hard--I had to listen to the little guy cry for 40 minutes at a time, and worse, it didn't work. We were hoping (and had heard anecdotal evidence to support that hope) that once a baby starts walking and eating food, that his metabolism will change dramatically and he'll fall into a normal sleep pattern. This hasn't happened, but we want to know how to force it.
My fear is that he's conditioned to be comforted by a feeding in the middle of the night and can't be changed by anything we do. I also worry about any long-term effects of only sleeping in maximum 3 or 4 hour chunks.
Is "crying it out" my only option? Should we try it for longer? Change his diet somehow?