I posted a couple of weeks ago about my twin boys not settling through the night, they would wake up screaming and wouldn't stop, we have now passed that stage with a little bit of controlled crying, but now they have stopped waking up screaming but continue to wake up 5-6 times a night whinging until we go in and give them their dummies. Maybe once or twice a night they will settle themselves back to sleep but most of the time we have to get up and give them their dummies. They go to sleep perfectly fine without a peep 95% of nights but won't go to sleep without the dummy, so I am thinking maybe its the dummies that are the problems, they go to sleep with them, lost them through the night, and wake up looking for them. They started sleeping through the night at about 8 weeks old and always went to bed without the dummy then from about 6 months old wouldn't go to sleep without the dummy and since then most nights we have been up and down to them all night. We never have to get them up to feed them through the night, only to give them their dummies...
So I'm just wondering if anyone else has/had this problem and what did you do to get your baby/babies to sleep through the night without having to get up to them. I have just returned back to work and I am feeling so exhausted having to get up so much through the night. My partner has to be up at 3-4 am to go to work and its also hard on him too because he does help out by getting up to them. They never wake at the sametime, its always one then the other, which makes it harder cause we are probably getting up double the amount of times!!
Should I try putting them to bed without dummies and let them cry for the first couple of nights til they get used to going to sleep without them?? Any advice and information is very much appreciated, I really need to get a full nights sleep!!
Nothing in our routine has changed, its always been the same since they started waking. Tea at 5.00pm, play, 6.00pm bath, play til 6.30pm, Cuddles & book til 6.45pm bottle then bed at 7.00. Sometimes if they are tired they will be in bed at 6.30pm that just means everything else is done half and hour earlier.
Is there something I should change in our routine?
They have cut 8 teeth since they were 4 months old, none in the last 2 months though, but I am pretty sure they are cutting their molars now and have been for awhile (I can see lumps under the gums, but none have come through yet) seems like a very long time!! So it could also be something to do with that too.
They have two sleeps through the day usually 1 hour to 1 and a half hours long.
I miss my sleeping all night babies!!