Originally Posted by joeysmom1729
I definitely belong here. My ds also slept great from about 2-4 months and then it was all over. He doesn't nap unless he's nursing and falls asleep on me, and he now wakes about 5-8 times each night. I know he's only 7 months and I certainly don't expect him to be sleeping 12 hours straight, but I'm lucky if I get a 2 hour stretch. It's just getting very exhausting, I do all the nighttime parenting and I'm so
I can't even get his pictures taken because he's always too cranky from the lack of sleep.
Just thought I would chime in- we have a 7 month old, SAME EXACT SITUATION, but, she never, ever slept great. She does seem to get enough sleep though- not tired during the day, takes normal naps (but ONLY on top of the boppy on our laps- never, not one time, have we been able to move her wtihout her instantly waking, even if we wait a half hour, hour, whatever first. She is a rediculously light sleeper). Right now we are also just about at our wits' end, and am going to try to remove constant nursing and see if it helps. She's in a crib sidecared to our bed. She makes lots of noise, will cry, move around.. but she isn't actually awake when she is doing all of this. She also won't take a pacifier anymore (she used to, just a bit, when she was falling asleep and then spit it out. But now, she immediately launches it out of her mouth and gets mad.)
My husband does not wake up the way I do to her noises- part of the problem is that I am a bad sleeper too! So we are going to try something where I will sleep in another room on the aerobed on the floor, and he will bring her to me for her middle of the night feeding, (or I will go to her more likely), but he will deal with her otherwise. (Till now it has been me up all night with her). I am curious to see if his natural ability to not rouse to her lesser crying/fussing will actually help her calm down by herself a bit. We will see. I know that on here, with AP, people are generally pro only cosleeping, infinite nursing, etc. But I honestly believe some kids need their own space, and that includes the ability to fuss a bit without being immediately soothed. I don't think we should have to nurse ALL night- in fact, I think that can keep them awake and fussy. I think all "stimulants" have to be removed for some kids, and sometimes we are included in that.
I"ll let this thread know how our experiment goes after a week or so. We would never CIO, but I think lying next to her and saying "ssssssssshhhhhh" quietly as she fusses, but not nursing, is not CIO at all. I think my husband will be able to get away with that since he won't smell like milk- I think that wakes her up sometimes! -j