Forums  •  Classifieds  •  Events  •  Directory

 
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

waking every 1.5 at night

  1. #1
    stamcel is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Ap Lei Chau
    Posts
    77

    waking every 1.5 at night

    Please help.....

    My little darling has been waking up every 1-2 at night for the past 5 days. This is not his usual sleep pattern..he usually sleeps from 7h30, DF at 10h30, 2am nurses for about 30 minutes and then sleeps again until about 5-6 am...

    Something is going on...and I don't know what or how to help him. He goes to bed at 7, awake at 9, then 11, 12.30, 2, 4.....I feed him (BF) when he wakes up...i know he his not hungry cause he ate only an hour ago (but he latches on as if he has not eaten in days)....I cuddle, rock, sing, and...shhh and that settles him some but as soon as I put him in his crib he begins to cry....last night i let him cry for 10 minute intervals....and then i went into his room and settled him....put him back to bed..slept for about 5 minutes awake again... it is just crazy....I can feel or see any teeth..he has 1 tbsp of cereal in the later part of the afternoon and is BF every 3 hours..he is 5.5 months old.


    Nt sure what to do.....
    very tired mom,
    stamcel

  2. #2
    Flack is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Hong Kong
    Posts
    129
    Hi Stamcel

    I find my 5.5 month is extremely unsettled at night if I give her cereal in the afternoon. I now give it to her after her morning nap and she sleeps so much better. She has some veggies in the late afternoon and that doesn't seem to worry her.

  3. #3
    Lisainhk is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Yau Ma Tei
    Posts
    222
    You must be exhausted! I have that exact same problem with my 5.5 month old. In my case I am pretty sure it is due to teething. He has just got his 1st tooth now but was waking very frequently about 1 month b4 the tooth popped up. He is still sleeping badly most nights and I still think it's because of teething pains. That's my thinking anyway! It may not be the case for you. Or could it be gas related because of the afternoon cereal?? I hope bub starts sleeping better soon!!

  4. #4
    SophieHK is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Pokfulam
    Posts
    11
    I was in the same situation for the past 2 months! Baby is now 5.5 months. So around 2 months ago, he started waking up every hour, sometimes every half hour.... First I think it was his gums hurting but after a few days, it looks like he had just taken the habit of waking up and was unable to fall asleep on its own. Since he was also very nervous / fussy / active during the day, people advised me to give him solids and at 4 months he started having 2 "meals" (rice cereal & fruit or vegetable sauces). He suddenly was much happier during the day, not so nervous, not so much crying but he still was waking up at night all the time. I was so miserable I started to let him cry. Honestly after only 2 or 3 nights, he stopped waking up - well probably he still wakes up but he falls asleep easily & on his own without crying & without his pacifier. He now wakes up only once for feeding or sometimes not at all. And even better, when he wakes up in the morning at around 6am, he stays in bed without crying, he plays with his teddy bears (and he "talks" to them!) for a pretty long time. He barely cries now even during the day when previously he was spending all of his time awake crying... I can't explain what happened but it certainly worked for us! He really looks much happier, always smiling, laughing & playing and we are also much happier :) I hope you find a solution soon.

  5. #5
    Lisainhk is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Yau Ma Tei
    Posts
    222
    That's interesting Sophie! How long did he cry for after waking up? I'm getting a bit desperate too. So tired! But a bit nervous about letting him cry.

  6. #6
    SophieHK is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Pokfulam
    Posts
    11
    Well I understand how you feel, we were very nervous about it too, but after 2 months of NO sleep, I thought I had to try! Honestly we tried so many different things but nothing else worked. We didn't do the usual "after 5 minutes, go cuddle him, then leave, etc". I know it's harsh but we followed our paediatrician advice, we closed our bedroom door, we closed his bedroom door - even though we could still hear him - and we just let him cry. The doc said he might cry for hours so we were prepared for the worse and it actually was not so bad. Once or twice he has been crying for around an hour before falling asleep but most of the time only around 15 minutes. It is heart breaking not to wake up but we thought we had to be disciplined, if you go check on him, then he will always expect you to go see him when he cries, right?

    Anyway we did this because we were miserable but also because the doc explained that 4 to 6 months is a very crucial time, this is when baby "builds" his routine, when he tries to understand how things work & also when he starts to "test" different things. For example the doc said if you let him wake up all the time between 4-6 months, chances are he will keep doing it for a very very long time, if you hold him too much, he will always ask for it, if you let him cry during the day, he may become a cry-baby, and so on, you get the idea...

    So it was like a revolution suddenly! we started not to hold him anymore (previously we had to hold him all the time), we kept him very busy & we changed activites as often as necessary (to make sure he won't cry so much), and we try our best to stick to a routine throughout the day. I realised that at home he was always crying, and whenever he was outside he would stop crying. So as soon as he started to cry, i would put him in his stroller / baby bjorn and we go out. For maybe 2 weeks, I have been doing all these things plus letting him cry at night, and he is just totally transformed now! Honeslty the first 5 months have been really hard for us - and maybe for him since he always looked so unhappy -, and now after doing all these things, we can finally "enjoy each other", Baby is happy, always playing & smiling to everyone, sleeping well, napping (which he wasn't doing previously) and he even became very tender / loving with us. Of course each baby is different but it worked for us - so far :)

  7. #7
    stamcel is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Ap Lei Chau
    Posts
    77
    Hi LisainHk and SophieHK,

    While my little one did not nap well today, so we went out for a long walk and then he fell asleep for almost 1h30. I gave him cereal this morning instead of the evening and gave him two doses of homeopathic teething medicine...

    We will have to see what the night entails...I know many people suggest to let babies 'cry it out' I can't...10 minutes is my limit...so I will need to find another way to help my son...
    thanks for you advice...wish us luck and a good night rest,
    stamcel

  8. #8
    LeahH is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Hong Kong, Mid Levels
    Posts
    579
    I agree with SophieHK, some babies of that age are very 'suggestible' and can go from being great sleepers to waking all the time so quickly.

    Around 4 months, my son was going through from his DF to 5am - we thought we were on the home straight! Then he suddenly started waking every 2 hours ... I would BF him to settle him, and from there he 'forgot' how to put himself to sleep and developed a strong waking habit. I also would BF him to sleep for all naps and bedtime which didn't help his sleep associations.

    We did controlled crying also and because I wanted to rule out hunger and pain we gave him a big bottle of expressed milk on the night we began and also some baby paracetmol. That gave us the strength to go through with it as we KNEW there was nothing wrong. Took 3 days or so and he is a champion sleeper now - a huge release for all of us and a much happier and well rested baby.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Frequent waking up at night??
    By yuukalim0404 in forum Sleep and your Baby
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 11-14-2008, 09:13 PM
  2. Help! 25-mnth-old waking in night!
    By LdeJ in forum Parenting - Toddlers and Preschoolers
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 10-09-2008, 11:20 AM
  3. Baby waking at night...
    By shaanmom in forum Sleep and your Baby
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 09-20-2007, 10:36 PM
  4. Waking & Crying at night
    By kashismum in forum Sleep and your Baby
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 07-28-2006, 05:44 PM
  5. 2 year old waking often at night
    By Sandra & Evan in forum Parenting - Toddlers and Preschoolers
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 10-22-2005, 12:19 PM
Scroll to top