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I love my ds, but he's driving dh and I crazy. He is 5 1/2 months old. From the time he was 4 weeks until he was 3 1/2 months he would sleep for 5 - 7 hours every night. Since then he has been back to every three hours at night. I tired cereal thinkning he needed to eat more, but it doesn't help, sometime even makes it worse. Well now, he won't even sleep in his own bed. He won't even sleep in my bed unless he's in my arms or on dh's chest. I'm not getting any sleep and neither is dh Any suggestions?
 

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What is your current sleeping arrangement? Has your son always slept in your bed, or do you shuffle back and forth?<br><br>
Babies do change their sleep habits, so that part is normal. It's also really normal for babies to want to be held and be close to their parents. It sucks for you, I know, but it's a normal desire for a baby his age (I'm guessing he's about 6 months, from your post.<br><br>
He could be getting teeth, or reaching a developmental milestone. He could be going through a growth spurt. How often does he nurse at night? Is his nursing increasing? That happens with my DD whenver her teeth are coming in.<br><br>
Anyways, maybe with some more details we can come up with some helpful suggestions!
 

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Sam slept in a cradle (he's still in there, but it's bigger than anormal one, still lots of room). Than about 6 am or so, he would want to sleep in the bed. So, that's what we did. Same thing every night. Now, he just wants our bed all the itme. He is 5 1/2 months. He is teething, but no sign of any poking through any time soon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> From 4 weeks he would sleep 5-7 hours a night, every night. THen about 6 weeks ago or so, he started going back to every three hours. Just can't figure it out. If you need any more details let me know. Thanks!
 

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Hi there,<br>
my first post to the forum, although I've been reading for a while. My 5.5 mo old dd is doing the exact same thing. She was such a good sleeper, but ever since she got mobile (rolled over in early July) her nighttime sleeping has progressively deteriorated. She never cried at all at night, and now she is up every 20mins to 3 hrs, crying to nurse. Lots of developmental stuff going on: she got teeth at 4.5 mos and is crawling now, I know that has a lot to do with it, but I am not doing well with it. Anyway, I'd love to read more on the subject from others, just letting you know that you have company out there.
 

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No advice- just commiserating. DD is 5 months old, used to be a great night sleeper (only woke up to eat, albeit every 2-3 hours, but always went right back to sleep) but always a bad napper. Now she isn't even a good night sleeper. Just in the last week or so she started flipping over in her Amby baby hammock, (not safe) so we went from part time co-sleeping to full time. In the last week, she has been tough to get to sleep after I come home from work and feed her (DH has a tough time keeping her awake past 7 pm), so when I get home at 11 she thinks it is time to be UP!) and even tougher to keep asleep- waking every few minutes to every hour. And she wakes up early- from 3:15 to 5:15. The other night I couldn't take it anymore (am sick and have had a headache for 7 days straight) an finally told DH to take her downstairs because I needed to sleep. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I just chalk it up to developmental milestones. My MIL is an early-childhood professor, and I remember her telling me a couple years ago that whenever babies are working on a major milestone (teeth, crawling, etc) they may change their normal habits. Maggie is trying very hard to crawl and cut a tooth.... Still frustrating, but it is nice to know the reason behind the change!
 

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It is hard. I found some help from the book "No cry sleep solution". It was not a cure but it did help and gives some hope. The author is Elizabeth Pantley.
 

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Just a quick update. Ds is sleeping more now and in his own bed, in his own room. I don't know how it happened, but it's nice. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 
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