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I need sleep. My babe is not sleeping..in long chunks, that is. He's 8 months and sleeps in a cosleeper. He's waking about 4-5 times a night. Only wants to nurse one of those times. For all wakeups he rolls over (he sleeps on his tummy) and then starts to cry. I pick him up and he immediately relaxes, and falls asleep in my arms. I rock/sway/walk him until I think he is really asleep...then put him down. He wakes up, rolls over, and the process starts again. The wakeup around midnight takes about 5 tries to put him down and have him stay asleep..we are up for about 1.5hrs. At the 6:30ish am wake time he will not go back to sleep - unless Im holding him. I usually then take him with me in bed and he lies next to me. He protests at first and then eventually settles down - but the last hr or so of this morning sleeping is fitful - and not restful for either of us. All the other wakeups between 12am and 6am take from 1-3 tries of holding and putting down before he actually stays on his tummy and sleeps.<br><br>
He goes to bed between 8-9pm and is up for the day (although cranky) by 7:30-8am. He doesnt seem to be in a good mood until after his first nap at about 11am. He naps for about 30-45 min. He naps 3-4 times a day for 30-45min each time.<br><br>
I dont know what to do. I sleep in 30min-2hr (sometimes a 2.5hr) chunks - averaging about 6hrs a sleep a night.<br><br>
Is this normal? Will it ever change? Anything I can do to help it? Im averaging about 1 meltdown a week because Ive just had it. Im trying to stay positive - but its so hard. I think he's tired. I dont really know. I'm doing everything I can to minimize any crying at night and during the day. When we go out, I sling him or carry. What does he need? More fresh air? More playing? Less something? Do I just have a babe with wonky sleeping?<br><br>
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Oh, I feel your pain. I'm in a similar situation with my 9.5 month old. It is really hard to function when we are so sleep deprived. Okay, here are a couple of thoughts I had while reading your post.<br><br>
1. Is he teething? If he is, maybe you could give him some tylenol before you put him down for the night.<br><br>
2. Maybe he's napping too frequently? What time is his latest nap? Is it too close to bedtime?<br><br>
3. Could you give him a warm bath before bedtime? And fresh air may help too.<br><br>
I'm sorry if my ideas for putting him to sleep aren't helpful. I am struggling in this area too.<br><br>
Some tips for you. Because a good nights sleep doesn't seem like much of an option for you, I would recommend exercise. Do you get out for a walk at all? Maybe you could take your son in the sling and go for a walk, provided it's not below freezing where you are.<br><br>
I have decided to try to exercise, cut down on caffine, not indulge in too much sugar too late in the day. I don't know how it will all work, but I have to try something to keep from going nutty-nuttier.<br><br>
Good luck to you!!!!
 

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You could get more sleep if you nursed laying down. My DD sleeps in bed right next to me. When she is waking up, I can feel her moving. So I begin nursing before she really has a chance to wake up ........ then I can go back to sleep while still nursing. If you felt your DS moving you could turn him over onto his side and begin nursing. That would eliminate the crying and full awakening ........ also his going back to sleep time would be shortened. You would get more sleep.<br>
You might want to try nursing him to sleep for naps laying down also. He might sleep alot longer. Often by 9 months LOs are taking 2 two to three hour naps instead of alot of short ones. You could take one or more of his naps with him to help you catch up on sleep. It sounds like you are both sleep deprived.<br>
Also 8 or 9 months is a common age for sleep problems mainly because of teething, crawling, pulling up, cruising, walking, ...... all the new things they are doing. So it gets better....... then they are doing something else new and it gets worse again.
 
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