Saturday, December 5, 2009

Calling all moms...

What is it about winter that makes me so sleepy? And why is it that it doesn't make my baby equally sleepy?

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I'm running out of ideas. I got a sound machine this week, and that has cut the wakings from four to two times a night on average, which is a very welcome improvement. But I'd like to get a full 6 or *gasp* 8 hour chunk in there.

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Is he, at eight months old, too young for me to expect him to sleep through the night? How old were your children before they could make it through the night, and what helped them sleep?

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

From those pictures it looks like he might be teething? Maybe that's what's keeping him up. I hope he learns to sleep soon!

-Cindy

melaniek said...

With my older daughter is just proved to be time. She started sleeping through the night at about 9 months. Hopefully, your little man will catch on soon!

Melissa S said...

Hi Katie, its Melissa from PW Facebook discussion. Cute blog!

Oh and I had to comment on this sleeping through night stuff. I am there with you on wanting sleep. I read that it is a developmental thing and I think breastfed babies are more apt to wake to nurse (hungry and want comfort). Check out this link: http://www.kellymom.com/parenting/sleep/sleep.html

Hope that helps. Thanks again! :-)

Katie said...

Thanks for the suggestions, I hope that if it is a developmental phase, that it's a short one! Wouldn't it be so much easier if I could just ask him what the deal is??

Melissa - Hi! Glad to see you made it over. :) I hope that midwest winter isn't too bad!! I'm off to check out your link...

Melissa S said...

Cool, let me know what you think. That site was very helpful to me being a new mom and nursing for the first time. A lifesaver actually.

Julia said...

No advice here - I haven't slept right for almost eight years - just wanted to say YUMMY on the cheeks. Something about baby drool makes my girly parts twinge. Pocket T and I are done with our making babies phase but that boy right there is just so dang cute. I think it's the way he's trying to talk in the first picture. Adorable. That is all.

S said...

Oh, Katie, I could just eat him up! Like Julia, we are all done with babies here, but pictures like this make me wish for just one more....
Then I think of teething, and I am so glad to be past that!! I agree w/pp, teething ruins sleep. Motrin was the only thing that helped mine sleep. Tylenol didn't touch it, Hyland's tablets helped a bit during the day, and teething gel is really only good for a couple minutes.
I'm sure you don't want to hear that mine didn't really sleep well until after their two-year molars came in.... :P
Sharon

mnlop said...

A didn't sleep until about 8 months, and only after I let him cry several nights in a row for over an hour, with weeks of backsliding and trying again. W didn't sleep well until the doc guessed he had reflux (even though he never spit up) and prescribed an antacid. Frankly, I remember nothing about the third as an infant. But we do use white noise in all bedrooms, usually a fan, and that does help cut things back as you've experienced. Your guy probably thrashes around in his sleep and wakes himself up. That's definitely what T. is doing at the moment.

Katie said...

Thanks for all of the suggestions! It never ceases to amaze me that these kids have turned out (relatively) normal, in spite of the scary amount of times I have no clue what I'm doing. :p

He actually slept through the night last night, or else I slept through him (which is more likely.) This last weekend was really bad. On Friday night, I only got 2 hours of sleep, in chunks here and there. I tried everything listed here, but nothing worked. I was so discouraged. The next morning, his nose started running and his brother's nose did too--he had a cold, and that's why he couldn't sleep. It seems to be on it's way out, so I'm going to try some of these suggestions again this week and see how it goes.

Emily--his 9 month appt is this week, I'm going to ask the doctor about reflux. I never thought of that, since he doesn't spit up much either.

Anonymous said...

I just sent you a message and am now checking out your blog. I like it! Out of 5, only 1 slept through the night before 2 years. That was #4 and it was/is just her personality. We made use of the family bed. If you want more information on that check out this alternative health site, www.mercola.com. And...when you can...sleep when the baby does. Although, as I know, that is almost impossible to do when you have other children to care for also.

Katie said...

Thanks for stopping by! I wish that my little guy would sleep in the same bed as me. It would make it easier, especially on nights when I'm on my own anyway. He won't have it, though. He spends most of the time trying to kick me out of the way--the kid likes his space!

I did have some success last night--he slept for 7 hours straight! Other than the teething, I think that there was a bit of reverse cycling going on there, since I was feeding him a bottle at night and that became his main eating time. So, I switched the bottle to daytime hours and am making him nurse at night. It means I have to be the one to get him at night, but if it also means that he'll sleep through the night on occasion, I'll take it!

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