Hush little baby....please, oh please, oh please
September 29, 2012 1:05 AM Subscribe
Why won't our 6.5 month old baby sleep?
posted by brambory to health & fitness (36 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Baby brambory is 6.5 months. He is delightful - an enthusiastic smiler, very keen to explore, loves cuddles from any arms he can wiggle himself into. His sleep is less delightful and (oh god) it seems to be getting worse.
Currently, he has his bath and we normally get him to bed around 7.30. He's then up and down all evening, with multiple wakings until 12 (most of these are replacing the dummy situations, though he does take a feed during one of these). At 12, he wakes up and is impossible to settle for a few hours. Once we finally get him down (around 2 or 3), he'll sleep until 8 with maybe one waking. He seems to be getting harder and harder to settle in the evenings and this 2-3 hour stint in the middle of the night is seriously harming the morale in the household.
Settling him is really difficult - we used to put a hand on him in his cot, he'd give his dummy a few vigourous sucks, and then he'd be down for a few hours. This isn't working any more. He'll scream for hours if we do this. Currently, the only thing that is working is to cuddle him, he sucks his dummy, we slowly put him down in his cot. He snuggles in, maybe drifts off, maybe cries again (necessitating another cuddle). Even when we get him to sleep, a few minutes later, he's crying again.
Mr. brambory thinks it's his stomach and he has always been a windy, colicky little chap. I'm not so sure, but he doesn't seem to want milk, his dummy doesn't really put him to sleep, he often does his brief sleep and cry thing even when he's being held. We've tried more blankets and less blankets. We've let him cry for 5 minutes both in the room and not in the room and he just gets hysterical. Possibly relevant, I coslept with him until 6 months, but now he's in his own room.
We are stumped and exhausted. Any advice on what's causing this unsettledness at night? If you had a non-sleeping baby, what did you do that worked?