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#1 of 6 Old 10-10-2007, 11:22 PM - Thread Starter
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I need help! My 10 month old has been having nightmares or as the ped calls it "night terrors" for the past few months. He sleeps in our room- his crib is out of the question. I have tried all night in bed with us, which he did for awhile. I tried his pack-n-play (in our room) until the screaming begins and then he moves into our bed. He awakens around 1:00 every morning and is up on and off until around 4:30. I have tried Baby Calm, I drink chamomile tea that I'm sure he gets some of when he bf, warm bath before bed, etc. He is a very pleasant baby that rarely cries during the day. If anyone has any suggestions, they would be appreciated. Thanks
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aww poor thing! I know that this doesn't work for everyone.. but I thought I would suggest it anyways. Maybe instead of waiting until 1am to bring the baby into bed with you, you just go ahead and co-sleep. I know this would help the baby feel a lot more secure and safe. I know this isn't for everyone though. I hope things get better soon!

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Is he getting enough nap time during the day. Just a thought...my ds1 would sleep very fitfully if he hadn't napped well during the day or if he'd gone to bed too late. Good luck mama.

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I have tried cosleeping- we were cosleeping from the time he outgrew his bassinett until the terrors were becoming a problem. I thought maybe he needed his own space- just trying anything to get some sleep.... As far as naps go, he usually takes a 1-1.5 hour morning nap and a 2 hour afternoon nap. Since I have posted my question last night, he slept! Was it the power of suggestion? I don't know, but he fell asleep with me at 8:00 and slept straight through until 4:00!! We do have isolated "good" nights, so maybe the trend will continue and he will work through it. I appreciate your help- any other suggestions would be appreciated!! Thanks!
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Maybe its just the age? Asheby is also 10 months and was always a good sleeper, but not lately! I am definitely ready for this phase to be over, lol.

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our ped. told me kids get them when they are overly tired. but ours were not as consistent as what you are describing. and ds was older(2-3). we would put him to bed earlier--7 was the magic number for both our boys--despite lots of criticism from others--it helped. the ped told me in extreme cases such as holidays when he was just overstim. to give him a teensy dose of benadryl (1/2 or less of usual dose) to push him over the edge. i know some people would think that is awful, but this ds always woke up stuffy anyway (my allergy kid), so I was able to justify it on such occasions. It worked great! I don't know any natural remedies for that and your babe is a lot smaller than mine. I am just offering that info FWIW.

no real suggestions, just food for thought. good luck. I know this is a tough one...it was one of the more frustrating things we have encountered as parents.
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