Long term sleep problems here but basically: My 6 month old wakes about every 2 hours overnight. I'm having to feed him to sleep each time - sometimes I can put him back in his cot, occasionally I fall asleep sitting up BFing him, so most of the time I co sleep just to get some rest. I'm trying to implement some sleep cues but he starts resisting as soon as he realises he's being put to bed. I'm also trying to use the Pantley method of releasing his latch before he's fully asleep - most of the time it takes several tries and sometimes I really have to wrench my nipple out of his mouth! If I can get that far, he rarely goes down into the cot without waking and carrying on. I can't seem to get any improvement and I have to keep going back to feeding him to re-settle.
As the title says, what do you do when it doesn't seem to be working? Each night I seem to just end up back where I started.
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15-01-2014 20:17 #1
What do you do when it's not working?! :(
15-01-2014 20:30 #2Senior Member
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Subbing- my 9 month old is the same - he has never slept longer than 3 hours
15-01-2014 20:33 #3
DS wS the same. I found the no cry sleep solution utterly useless. What I did was feed him till he was sleepy, then take him off and rock him to sleep - while he cried. After a while I cut out feeding at sleep time and just rocked. I was able to put him in his cot partly awake and continue rocking him with my hand and it seemed to be enough to get him used to falling asleep in his cot. That said he was still a bad sleeper but started waking twice a night instead of 8 times.
15-01-2014 20:50 #4
I suppose it comes down to how desperate you are to change these habits? We all know babies change sleep habits all the time (however it's always the ones that we want changed that seem to be the stubborn ones that remain the same!)
My 5 month old DD is the same, and I have been doing the exact same as you. But, I'm trying not to stress out too much about it, because I know, from experience, that she won't be like it forever. In fact, when I put it into perspective, for only a very short part of her life. So, as much as I am actively trying to change her habits, I am also not
I know it's not really helpful advice... more sympathy from someone in the same situation.
15-01-2014 20:57 #5
15-01-2014 20:57 #6Senior Member
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i decided to cosleep and just ditch the cot altogether. Even though bub continued to wake, i didn't have to get out of bed to feed her / help her back to sleep.
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15-01-2014 21:00 #7
At 2.5 years old I just continue to co sleep, it's just bloody easier for everybody to get sleep
15-01-2014 21:07 #8
15-01-2014 21:14 #9
Boogaloo enjoy the hell out of that as when they are grown up you will never regret those cuddles and their breath on your cheek and their feet on your head or elbow to the nose, sorry I digress, let the mums that have great sleepers enjoy their sleep and you never feel guilty about enjoying yours with your kids right beside you
15-01-2014 21:17 #10
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