Five month old only sleeps in car seat

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Registered: 08-08-2011
Five month old only sleeps in car seat
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Fri, 12-02-2011 - 3:09pm
I need some help to get out of the mess DH and I have created! DS is 5.5 months old and has only slept through the night once. His "schedule" is completely erratic and getting worse week by week. He has reflux but no other medical problems. Until he was 3 months old, he wouldn't go to bed until 1 or 2 am, now it's more like 10 pm. We initially let him sleep in the car seat because of the reflux, but now we are having trouble breaking the habit.
Admittedly, it was convenient to just rock him to sleep in the car seat while we ate dinner, watched TV, etc. We would put him in the crib after an hour or so, and he often slept for 4 or 5 hours before needing to eat again. Lately, though, we are lucky if he stays asleep for 2 hours, and last night he was up every hour.
When he wakes at night, I used to be able to feed him and put him back in the crib without a problem, but the past week I have had to rock him in the carseat for 30 minutes or so to get him back to sleep. DH and I both work full time, so this had been really tough.
Other info: DS is exclusively breastfed, weighs 15 pounds (25th percentile since birth), naps OK (usually 1 to 1.5 hours three times a day), stays home with my mom and dad during the day. He is a very happy baby, wakes up smiling in the morning :) we wake him around 730 each morning except Saturday.
TIA for any help or advice!
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Registered: 10-28-2009
Sat, 12-03-2011 - 9:12am
Just a few thoughts being BFd i wouldn't doubt he still needs to eat 1-2 times per night totally not abnormal at that age he has reflux is he on meds have you tried raising his matress CIO is always an option this is supposedly one of the easier ages to do it at. Since u work full time could he be reverse cycling ? I know this is super hard my DD didn't start sleeping through the night until 10 months and now at almost 14 months still gets up with reflux and gas :( it gets better I know it seems like he should be scheduled now but he's still little and it will work out IMO. We got in the bad habit of using the swing. We moved and I just never brought it in to the main house. I guess it all depends on how aggressive u want to be. I wish u luck hopefully I'll think of some more tips after I take my nap after this night shift !
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Registered: 08-08-2011
Sat, 12-03-2011 - 5:01pm
Thanks for your reply. He is on Zantac twice a day and his crib head is elevated. I guess I have just been listening to too many people whose babies supposedly STTN at 3-4 months ( or so they say!). So good to know I'm not alone!
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Registered: 10-28-2009
Sun, 12-04-2011 - 8:24am
No way it's truly not uncommon especially in the breast feeding community to have to feed during the night they aren't supposed to be Able to go that long yet I know the car seat thing is annoying but the truth is u never see a 5 year old going to bed in his car seat it's probably just more comfortable bc of the reflux and he's tucked in tight there the crib might just be too big
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Registered: 12-14-2008
Sun, 12-04-2011 - 11:37am

We have the same baby! My DD is 5 mths today and onlly likes sleeping in car seat..and is EBF also....She has been waking often too. She may be teething not sure..I have no idea how she'll sleep in the crib. She has only taken 1 15 nap in there and slept one night for 2 hours in the crib. At this point, i am leaving her in car seat since i need any sleep i can get (and we do the same thing with the watchng tv etc..) I am thinking we will need to take her in quiet place to put her to bed. I put car seat in crib (dr says better that way)..She also will sleep in swing or a bouncer seat or in stroller in car seat (etc etc). Any advice you get may help me! The crib is in our room also. My baby doesn't sleep well at all (will only nap for 30 min at a time) gets herself so overtired and when i tried to have her sleep earlier (8pm) she just wakes up all night.

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Registered: 08-08-2011
Wed, 12-07-2011 - 2:34pm
@jenjoy: so nice to know I'm not alone! Our DS really only cries when he is overtired, and the stroller has practically become a fixture in our bedroom so we can soothe him back to sleep at night!
One thing that has begun to work for us is BFing him lying in the bed at night. For some reason, it seems to make him fall asleep more deeply, and I can often scoop him up once he's done, lay him in the crib, and have him sleep for 1-2 hours. We'll take anything we can get at this point!
My parents are trying to avoid using the carseat at all during the day, and he has fallen asleep without it a couple times.
I would love to hear from anyone who had tried no-cry sleep training (after we tried CIO last week, DS was hoarse for two days and I can't bear it!)
Ally
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Registered: 12-14-2008
Wed, 12-07-2011 - 9:44pm

My girl has been sleeping better except sometimes she wakes up once. She did have a bad night here and there because of teething. I just don't know what i am doing when she outgrows the car seat. Will she sleep lousy again?? I am NOT doing cry it out as i have a teen here who needs sleep and i really don't want to go through that. I did do ferber with first child but she liked her crib and was more easy going. I doubt this baby would go for it anyway and i don't want to do it. It would be my last resort so i am with you. I have two books -THe No cry sleep book and Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child. Definitely getting baby to take regular naps is helping me and giving an evening bath is also helping a great deal. I just don't know how we will transition to the crib. She wakes right up and cries when i put her in there for naps. I may have to start trying for naps in the crib again.