Can babies have insomnia?
November 2, 2010 10:18 AM Subscribe
My 12-month-old baby refuses to go to sleep unless he's holding my hand. Does anyone have any tips or tricks for getting him over this or transferring his attachment to something a little less attached to me?
posted by logic vs love to human relations (40 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Since he was born, my baby has fought sleep. Hard. For the past couple months, the only way I can get him to sleep is by laying him in his crib and letting him hold my fingers through the rails. After anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour, he'll finally be asleep enough for me to leave the room. But whenever he wakes up in the middle of the night, I need to go back in there and repeat the process all over again.
If I'm not around, someone else's fingers will due. If I just put him in his crib and leave the room or even just sit next to him, he'll be bouncing around and babbling away for a long time. You'd think that he'd eventually tire himself out, but I have yet to see that happen. If anything, he just gets a little crazier the longer he goes, even though he is obviously exhausted. Holding my hand seems to be the only thing that will help him relax enough to lay down and finally sleep.
At the very least, I'd like for him to associate sleep with a small stuffed animal or something--anything!--besides my fingers, so that I'm not spending hours every night crouched by his crib. But any attempt to introduce a stuffed animal into our (very consistent and relaxing!) bedtime routine just ends with the toy being unceremoniously dumped over the side of the crib.
It's been over 12 months of struggling to help my child sleep. I'm running out of patience but I'm not really sure what I can do. Does anyone have any suggestions for dealing with this?
(Sorry if this is a little disjointed... three hours of sleep! Help!)