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    Default Feeling so alone. ( 7m old sleep issue)

    Ds is 7m and waking approx 4-5 times in the night. It started when he was 4.5m (taking 1hr to settle him again) improved when he was around 6.5m but has since gotten worse after a recent cough/cold. I try patting, shhh'ing, cuddles and sometimes 1-2 extra feeds throughout the night.I just don't know what to do, it's taking ages to settle him each time and I'm buggered

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    This really sounds so similar to us! And it started after illness. How is your DS? Is he over the croup?
    I was at the end of my tether and going back to work for 2 days. Every night my heart would race as I would wait for him to wake up, like you 4-5 times! My husband and I decided at 7 months and after a few months of it that we were ready to try some sleep training - we did not let him CIO, what we did is we waited and listened before rushing in - I set a time that I was comfortable with- 10 minutes (I felt this was ok for me). I should add that if he was ever crying upset not just grizzling I would go in and check on him.
    The first time I tried this I went to my mums during the day to try it for his day sleeps - I felt I needed support and doing it home alone was too hard. This worked really well, the first day sleep I put him down and we listened to him grizzling (a time I would normally go in to help soothe him) and within 11 minutes he put himself to sleep.
    My DH and I continued this that night and again within 10 minutes he was off. I stopped myself running in at every sound and I really believe by doing that he would not fully wake up and would re-settle himself. I was definitely waking him up by going in all the time and trying to 'help' him get back to sleep.
    He definitely doesn't sleep through every night but it's soooo much better! Sleep deprivation is so bad for everybody's health, I know how you feel.

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    No advice but I know how you feel, my 2 year old has had a massive sleep regression over the last 6 months and wakes soo many times, it's exhausting

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    I don't have any advice but want you know you are not alone at all. I went the same thing and funnily enough it also started after an illness. It is exhausting and feels never ending but it did get better eventually.

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    Hugs. I was where you are with Ds2. It's truly horrible. Is there any chance teeth are involved? Ds1 breezed through teething but ds2 really feels them. We tried everything until eventually on doctors advice we were alternating paracetamol and ibuprofen through the night. Not perfect but at least we all got 4 hours at a stretch. If you think it might be pain maybe a trip to dr to rule it out?

    I feel for you,hope you find a solution soon!

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    I just wanted to say your not alone, I gone through a few times over the years. It will get better.

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    Were the same from about 4 months when he would sleep with waking sometimes only 2-3 times. Now from 4 months onwards except after his first sleep in his cot which has stretched out lately from 45 mins to 3-4 hours most nighs till 9 or 10pm he will only sleep ON me at my boob after that. Waking heaps! We've bought the no cry sleep solution but I'm half way thru it. Too tired to put it in practice yet.

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    Thanks all so much for replies. I'm waiting for that book to arrive in the mail!He is better, but still coughing, so it's hard to let him cry much as it makes the cough worse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by singa06 View Post
    Thanks all so much for replies. I'm waiting for that book to arrive in the mail!He is better, but still coughing, so it's hard to let him cry much as it makes the cough worse.
    No I definitely wouldn't let him cry when he's sick. It will get better though!

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    Default To babyla

    Babyla thank you!!!! I read your post yesterday and it worked!!!! DD wakes up for one feed during the night so not too bad but she used to sleep through quite happily then boom back to waking up, anyway she sleeps in the basinette next to me so as soon as she stirs I'm up thinking she's hungry. Last night I heard her shuffle and checked she was ok, gave her the dummy and tucked her in... some shuffling and 5 min later she was back to sleep!!!! I couldn't believe it!!!! So big fat thanks!!!

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