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Baby doesn't sleep properly.

My 8 months boy doesn't sleep thro' the night.He wakes every 2 hrs for feed.For the last few nights, when he wakes up he does n't seem to be in a mood to sleep again.He wants to play.Since both of us are working(me 8-5, he 10-4)it has become really difficult to cope.Last night he woke up at 1am & we could make him sleep only after 3 hrs.Worried.Plz give a practical advice

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Asked by A11 at 6:25 AM on Aug. 6, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • What do you do when he wakes up? Do you entertain him? Do you turn the light on? Do you turn the tv on? Usually if you just hold him or rock in the rocking chair, then he will go back to sleep within a few minutes.

    Is he up now while you are on the computer? If yes, then he won't go back to bed because he's curious about what you are doing.

    Answer by sherribeare at 6:28 AM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • He just keeps on crying till I feed him.

    Comment by A11 (original poster) at 6:30 AM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • Then feed him right away and then rock him in the rocking chair.

    Answer by sherribeare at 6:43 AM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • But only low light and not tv, computer, phone, etc

    Answer by sherribeare at 6:43 AM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • Also, no toys in the room is good.

    Answer by sherribeare at 6:44 AM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • yeah feed him in the dark, no lights, or he'll wanna wake up again. and let him sleep on his own.

    Answer by fefe87 at 6:46 AM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • my son was the exact same and still is the same to this day (hes almost 3)..hes just a very curious boy.If hes hungry,feed him but id steer clear from cuddling and over xaggerating youre aware hes awake as he will get used to this and play on it every night...tough love i say :) but if hes hungry then feed him and put straight back to bed ignoring all unwanted behaviour that he is giving..he will learn the hard way that no1 will give into him.

    in britain, a documentary had taken plc between 2 families where 2 peadiatricians vitied their homes,who had different approaches to settling children to sleep,the doctor with the tough love approach managed to get the children into a better sleep routine by letting the children cry and ignoring any unwanted behaviour,the doctor who cuddled,lay beside the child,didnt get very far as this approach doesnt seem to work and only seems to make matters worse.

    Answer by glasgowmummy at 6:55 AM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • too make my kids sleep the night, i always feed them a heary dinner. what i had, they had. doc kept getting mad cuz the kids would be eating mushed up pork chops and real pototoes and gravy. i didn't care they slept!

    Answer by noel1978 at 7:11 AM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • Your baby is entering a MAJOR growth spurt and an age of important developmental milestones. Feed him right away, keep lights off. This behavior is quite normal. The VAST majority of babies wake every 3-4 hours on average for needed feeds and/or peeing. They wake more during growth spurts, teething, and new milestones. In the first year, sleep patterns change a lot and a baby may sleep a long stretch one week during a growth spurt and the next wake frequently. All normal. Sleep patterns don't really settle into a more mature pattern until age three or four. Some babies sleep a lot in the first half of the year, but end up waking more later. There is nothing "bad" about a baby that doesn't sleep long stretches of more than four to six hours...they aren't bad sleepers as some say. They are quite normal. It's actually we adults who have forgotten how to sleep effectively because we clock watch. We cosleep so easily adapt.

    Answer by amileegirl at 8:51 AM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • My son was like that too until 11 months he was up 3-4 times/night. We got the book "solve your child's sleep problems" by Ferber and it helped a lot. It does use some CIO though... but the MAIN part is to change what you are doing to make him a poor sleeper (which is likely feeding him, rocking him to sleep and then sneaking him back to bed) We were doing that with my son and it was NOT working. The book suggested a change in routine and the way we did things... we changed and after 3 nights he was going to bed on his own and waking only once.... after a week he was sleeping through the night.
    If you son is waking every 2 hours to eat... I wouldn't feed him that often, he's plenty old to go 4 or more hours, so if you have fed him at midnight he doesn't need another bottle at 2!

    Answer by AmiJanell at 9:45 AM on Aug. 6, 2010

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