Looking for some suggestions regarding my 7-month-old son who spends the last 2 hours of his nighttime sleep in a light REM phase. He frequently stiffens his body and arches his back, requiring me to sit up and rock and bounce him so his body relaxes again. On good nights I can do this repeatedly (every 5-10 minutes he requires the bouncing and rocking) until he eventually will go through one more deep sleep and then wake happily for the day. Most days, however, despite my best efforts, I cannot prevent him from prematurely awakening himself, and then he cries and is cranky for the day. I've tried alternating bedtimes, but this makes no difference. My middle child did the same thing and did not grow out of it until after she turned two. I am hoping I can find a solution this time around. I am desperately tired and so is my son. Thank you in advance for your input.
DS Requires Rocking/Bouncing Last 2 Hours of Night
I don't have alot of advice, but wanted to at least offer you some support! DS is 19 months and has always done this as well. Co-sleeping and breastfeeding are the only solution I've found - I don't sleep through this period, really, because he switches breasts alot and squirms, cries out, etc. But I can sort of half-sleep or rest with my eyes closed, which is better than nothing...
Do you cosleep? Honestly, I think if you cosleep I would just cut out the rocking and bouncing and just lie next to him and rub is back or something while he fusses. It will probably take some time to adjust but I think you'll be helping him in the long run by letting him learn how to get himself back to sleep.