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how do you help the dbaby do it? dh and i have each been up for over an hour with the little one (and sometimes it happens more than once in the night--i can't even remember, i think it might have been 3 times last night: one for me, two for dh) for i don't know how many nights now (he's 6.5 months--already has teeth and is not showing signs of being particularly bothered by teething again and even at the height of cutting his first teeth was not like this). he is crawling and a genius in every way, except that he wakes up and just wants to be awake for a while (like 45 miknutes to 2 hours) before he goes back to sleep, in addition to being up for good (like, even more for good than when he wanted to be up at 1, 3, or 4) at around 5. no nursing, no rocking, no bouncing on the ball, no pretending to be asleeping him back down. just crying and pinching because he either wants to play and we are trying to get him to sleep or becuase he is actually tired and frustrated that he is not asleep but can't seem to actually go to sleep. anybody else who has faced this? all three of us are at the end of our ropes (don't even get me started on napping in the day and how much money my massage therapist and chiro are making from the fact that i can only get ds to nap for more than 20 mins if he is in the MT while i bounce on the ball), but at this rate, i could really say that he only 'naps' at night too), i have been feeling so frustrated with ds at night ( i <i>know</i> it is not his fault at all, but these feelings come up at 3.30 with the pinching and screaming...), less patient with him during the day, irritable where the rest of the world is concerned and generally not parenting as well as my little prince deserves or as well as i could if my nights were only crappy as opposed to being a complete train wreck...
 

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Big hug to you. My DS is 6.5 months too and we have always had great nights so I can't offer much but I wanted to offer a hug. Reading your post I can empathize I certainly have spent my share of HOURS bouncing him to sleep.<br><br>
Okay wait maybe I can offer help... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> We HAVE made some changes that have had an effect.<br><br>
Here's our routine... I bounce him on the ball in the dark, I'm cradling him tight (his right arm under my left, my left hand around his head and holding his left arm down along his side, my right arm between his legs and up his back so I can pat his back as we bounce). Once he's asleep I carry him to bed and lay him down, QUICKLY I nurse him (he's rolling around looking for it and will wake if I'm not faster).<br><br>
A friend told me that she puts a warm pad (you know those rice ones that you heat in the microwave?) on his chest to keep him down. We started doing this and it works great - she gave us one that she had sewn for this purpose (it's not too heavy just right) - heat it to just a tad warmer than body temp.<br><br>
He sleeps with us which makes a HUGE difference (For daytime naps if I'm not there he wakes up in 1/2 hour - when I'm in with him he stays down for up to 2 hours).<br><br>
Recently we got a white noise CD. Play it louder than you'd think. It made a huge difference in his 'staying down' and it calms him (similar to the hair dryer trick).<br><br>
And I read something about their legs having a heavy blanket on them... we do this too! It's rather comical to see him in bed alone... blanket on, heating pad on belly, little heavy blanket on legs.<br><br>
Keep at it - you'll get your 'formula' figured out.
 

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have you read the "no cry sleep solution"? check it out.
 
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