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I'm hoping ya'll can give me some advice for our terrible nights.
Here's what's going on now:
My baby is 9 mo. He wakes up at night wailing - lately every 1/2-1 hour. Usually, nursing or cuddling will settle him. Lately, he frequently wakes around 2:30 and it takes about 1-1.5 hours to get him to go back to sleep. He'll nurse well, pop off, suck his thumb, roll his eyes, lay his head down on my shoulder and seems asleep - for about 1 minute. Then he sits back up, wails, etc. over and over and over. I guess he finally gets too tired to keep it up. Last night after going through this, I finally gave up, brought him back to bed (from the rocker) and figured he could work it out on his own in our bed. My husband laid him on his chest and he went right to sleep (he had tried this earlier without success). I feel like every night we're scrambling for solutions. We co-sleep and actually just moved our bed onto the floor. My husband shares the parenting equally and does the same things I do (except nurse

Here's a little history:
My baby started sleeping through the night around 3 mo. And I don't mean the 5-6 hours, it was more like 8-10 hours a night. He was always happy and still took great naps. Then we went on vacation when he was around 6 mo. That's when it ended. Although, it wasn't that bad. He would wake up (usually not crying, or just wimpering), nurse and go back to sleep. I'm not sure if we've gotten progressively worse since vacation or if it got bad all of a sudden. When you're sleep deprived it's a little foggy.

We've had a lot of change recently - I just opened my own breastfeeding/natural parenting store. I am still working part time in the am at the preschool I've been working at (630-1030), then go open the store. My last day there is tomorrow! So, I hope that helps out a little. He just started crawling and cruising all at once a few weeks ago and his first tooth just popped through last weekend. So, it's possible, he's working on another.

My baby has been a very easy, happy baby. When he is this upset at night I feel like I am missing something he is trying to tell me. He has this look on his face like "why are you doing this to me?" I feel like he's not able to recognize when he is tired. He will rub his eyes and fuss some. I'll nurse him, rock him, try anything. Then he'll sit up and smile like he was never tired. I'll put him down and he'll play for a little while, then start the fussy thing again. Sometimes we go through this several times before he finally gives in. However, in the middle of the night he screams if we put him down (plus, we don't want him to think that it's okay to get up and play in the middle of the night). I tried the NCSS, but it hasn't worked for us. I don't believe in CIO, but he's doing that in my arms anyway.

Sorry if it seems like I've rambled - I'm tired. Thanks for any advice.

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He just started crawling and cruising all at once a few weeks ago and his first tooth just popped through last weekend. So, it's possible, he's working on another.
When my DD hit any milestone (sitting up, cruising, crawling, walking, talking), she would be up much of the night practising her new skill. The way we always handled it was to play dead--when she woke up and seemed like she wanted to play, we didn't move a muscle, didn't react at all. Most of the time, she'd settle herself within 10-15 minutes. If we reacted at all, she'd be up for a few hours playing. Might be worth a try.

It definitely could be the teething too. I had no idea teething was pretty much the sole cause of my DD's sleep issues--she was a wake every 2 hours all night long kind of kid, but once her molars and canines came in she slept through most of the night nearly instantly.

Good luck! It will get better!
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