Hi everyone, I've just recently joined this forum today, and hope to gain some advice!
I'm a single father and have part time care of my 7 month old son. He's generally healthy, no allergies (as we know at the moment), no health issues like reflux or anything.. but lately he's been having some sleeping problems, and they don't seem normal. I'm not sure if it's a health issue, or something like an emotional issue, hopefully a couple of other members have experienced the same problem so they can shed some light on the issue!
His mother and I were lucky when he was an infant - he would only wake up two or three times for a bottle through out the night, and sometimes he'd even sleep from 9pm right through to anywhere between 5 and 8am, then if he felt like it he'd have another hour or two morning nap!
How ever, in the past few weeks, it's changed completely! I know change is normal, but here's the thing, during the day he will have naps in his coat, or we set up a triangle pillow in the lounge chair and rug him up in a blanket. So that's cool! But, when it comes to night time and only night time, he'll happily go to bed between 8 and 10pm.. he always has a bottle right before bed, 120mls, that's the most he'll drink at one time, and so he sleeps from 2-4 hours, he then will start screaming, but he wouldn't be awake, it's like he's crying and screaming in his sleep, if we nurse him against our chest and rock him with an up and down motion, he'll slowly stop and fade off back to sleep, but as soon as we try to put him back into his coat, he'll start screaming again, but again he won't wake up, his eyes would still be closed and he'd still seem asleep. No matter how many times we attempt to rock him back to sleep and lay him back into his coat - he will scream each time we attempt to lay him back down.
It's got to the point where I have to lay in bed with him, but he has to either lay on my chest, or on his side right next to me. How ever, even when I do that, there will be times through out the night where he will start screaming again, so I'll have to rock him back to sleep until he settles/calms down again.
When this first started happening, I just thought he wanted a bottle, so I'd make one up and give it to him. He would start drinking it, but he'd only have 10-20mls and be off to sleep again.
I know it's normal for some babys to have the need to be rocked or nursed to sleep, but it seems really strange that during the day when he has naps he's more than happy to have a nap in his coat or if we setup somewhere snug for him, and as soon as it comes to night, after the first couple or few hours of sleep, he will not sleep in his coat (or anywhere) by him self!!
Maybe it's just a stage he's going through.. how ever the fact that he constantly wakes up crying and screaming makes me a little bit worried! I'm not sure if it could be a health issue, or some sort of emotional struggle?
I should note that when he has that bottle before bed, he falls asleep straight away and doesn't burp, so maybe that's something to do with it? But as I said above, it's only been like it the past few weeks!
I really hope someone can shed some light on this issue, and it would be a relief if I wasn't the only parent that had experienced this with their baby!