Waking every hour all night long

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Waking every hour all night long
Tue, 02-22-2011 - 7:42am

Wyatt has been waking up every hour all night long for the last week. He wants to eat but will only drink 1 or 2 ounces before falling back to sleep. It started a week ago after a miserable weekend of teething and finally cutting teeth 3 and 4. He had been sleeping through the night so well. His sleep has changed completely. Wyatt is napping less during the day. He has cut himself down to 2 naps a day from 3. We are having a horrible time getting him to go to bed at 9pm no matter how tired he is. I would prefer him to go to bed at 8pm but we can't get him to go down at 9pm! He will sleep until midnight then he wakes up for his *snack* and then every hour up to 6am. After 6 am he sleeps until 9am. Then he is up for the day.

I know that at 8 months old he is more then capable of sleeping through the night with out eating. He has been doing it for months. I have been giving in and letting him eat out of exhaustion and because DH works days and gets up at 6am. Last night I gave him a bottle of water in hopes of deterring him from wanting to eat and just go back to sleep. It didn't work. He just sucked down the water instead. DH has been putting him in his bouncy chair and the wrapping him up very tightly with a blanket. It helped at first but after a couple of nights he was back to waking up every hour. I prefer him to sleep in his crib as the bouncy chair is not working and is just one more habit to break in my mind.

How do I get him to bed earlier or at the very least back on his previous 9pm schedule? How do I get him back to sleeping through the night? Or at the very least getting him to wake just once during the night and eat a decent amount of milk so he goes back to sleep until at least 6am when I get up with DH and DS to get them off to work and school? I am willing to let him cry it out but DH wants to snuggle him and wrap him up and baby him. But then he isn't the one who has to get up with him all night long. LOL So what do I do?

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Registered: 09-07-2005
Wed, 02-23-2011 - 3:16pm

Could be coincidnece with a growth spurt?

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Registered: 04-08-2008
Thu, 02-24-2011 - 2:15pm
That is really tough. It's hard to make suggestions bc we don't know what you've been doing. For instance, I have been putting Evan in his crib at "bed time" and letting him fall asleep on his own. So if he isn't really at 9:30pm (bed time) then I just lay him down in there anyway. If he had a late nap (we don't have a schedule for things like naps - just when/if he can), I'll put him in the jumperoo from 8-9pm to tire him out for bedtime. That combined w/a bath usually works to reset the bedtime. But we don't bath before bedtime so it's different for him - he isn't conditioned for it. Our bath time typically ends up being after nap time (our diapers tend to blow out).

If he does wake up during the night, make sure you do NOT talk to him. Don't turn on any lights. Try to "redo" bedtime and then walk away. If he cries, just go in and do it again. Kind if like saying "it's bedtime" with your actions. This worked for DS1. Some nights tho, I had to sit by the crib for a few mins while he got sleepy again.

Good luck, lack of sleep sucks!

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Registered: 07-17-2008
Thu, 03-03-2011 - 11:39am
Oh, wow. That must be so hard for you! Isn't it nuts when they all of the sudden change their routine??
I'm hoping he's sleeping better for you by now. It sounds like you've tried other things to help him get back to sleep. You said that you'd be willing to let him cry it out, and you might have to. It's hard to do, but he may have just gotten into a bad habit. I do agree with Dee. When he gets up in the middle of the night- no talking or even eye contact. Low lights and no stimulation or playing, etc.
I hope he turns around for you soon, Amy! Mama needs her sleep!!
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