I do remember him going through a phase around 9/10 months of waking every 90 mins, I genuinely thought he was never going to sleep but he's actually pretty fab now requiring no help from me (18 months) so there is hope!
Once he self-weaned his sleeping gradually got better but after he mastered walking it went to practically perfect (knock on wood!). He's definitely a sleep begets sleep child and mastering his naps helped with night sleeping as he's restless and sleeps worse if he's overtired, so I found doing what I could to get him to sleep well for naps helped, even if it meant lying with him and napping myself, plus working our the formula of how long for each nap. Currently letting him sleep as long as he needs for his nap means better sleeping overnight.
I feel for you, I remember how hard it was when he was waking like that!
Last edited by HollyGolightly81; 10-09-2015 at 05:48.
@luv - we did go to the equivalent where we live when he was 6 months. At that point, once he was asleep he'd only wake once. The problem was getting him to sleep. I'll have to get the materials out and read them again, and make DH follow it exactly. I think part of the problem was that I taught DH, but he put his own spin on it. It was confusing DS, so I started doing what DH was doing. Maybe he will be more receptive to the techniques now. Question re responsive settling - if he is just lying in the cot chatting and doesn't go to sleep, do I just get him up again without a nap? How long do I wait to try again. Thanks for reminding me
@HollyGolightly81 - patting is currently the only thing that works for him. I did get to the point where I was lightly resting my hand on him. DH helped put him to sleep one weekend and decided patting was faster... and that was the end of that. Thank you so much for the hope! I'm struggling today after 3 nights with about 3 hours sleep. Having a light at the end of the tunnel makes it easier. I have found the same thing re: naps - he gets 2 naps of 1.5 hours a day now. He won't sleep any longer, and I've started having to resettle half way through his nap, too.
He's currently got 2 teeth cutting, I can see 2 more not far behind, he's just started to show signs of a cold, and entered a wonder week. I think it's going to get worse before it gets better.
My DD who I thought was a bad sleeper as a baby was sleeping through at 10 months. DS is a whole other story.
At least he's teething quickly so should have most of his teeth by 18 months.
Holly your story gives me hope whenever I read it.
Consistency is the key for sure. So make sure everyone is doing the same thing. I think you're supposed to look for tired signs before you put them back in the cot 😃
Thanks! He usually yawns and rubs his eyes as soon as I get him up if he hasn't slept. Might wait til the ones after that.
Will discuss with DH, maybe even write it down for him, and see how we go... hopefully we can make it work. We'll work on it after the cold is gone and teeth are through, I think. The poor little love is struggling.
Sorry, I totally misunderstood your post and thought you meant you'd been trying patting for a couple weeks and it wasn't working ☺️.
My DS is definitely a child where teething and wonder weeks really affected him. For his teeth, only nuerofen works overnight and elevating his cot (a book under each leg at the top) helps relieve the pressure. Also helps with congestion if you haven't tried already.
We're currently at our last tooth cutting (before the 2 year molars at least) and I'm looking forward to a break from these efffing teeth!
There is definitely hope though girls, he loves having a nap and doesn't need me to lie with him at all anymore, sleeps 2.5-3 hours! Same with bedtime, loves going to bed and sleeping until 6.30-7 once I figured out that letting him wake on his own at naptime (rather than waking him after 2hrs) meant he stopped waking at 5am!
Our naps are great (at home at least Child care is another story). He falls asleep on his own at night too but he's waking because of teeth and constipation/digestive issues. Doesn't help that he's a boobie monster and needs the comfort of feeding to get him back to sleep in the middle of the night.
Last edited by A-Squared; 10-09-2015 at 15:16.
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