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We co-sleep and breastfeed on demand, and are mostly happy with the arrangement. I would be much happier if we could reduce night wakings from every 1/1.5 to every three maybe? My son is 7 months, he is probably working on teeth a bit, but the frequet waking has been a staple of our life since he was born. The entire month of jan. he only slept in 45 min chunks!<br><br>
So I am looking for tips on<br>
how to get him to wake up less frequently<br>
and/or getting back to sleep a bit more on his own.<br><br>
at nap times, or if I put him down before I come to bed, I typically have to run up after 45 min- to an hour ish and put him back down.<br><br>
Our current going to bed pattern is putting on pj's new diaper and nursing. He goes to bed promptly, sometimes it takes me up to like 10-15 min to leave his side, sometimes only 5. So going to sleep is not really a problem. I sometimes even just rock him or pat him in a chair and he will fall asleep.<br><br>
I have tried glancing through a few books (no cry sleep solution and healthy sleep habits) and both really pissed me off... I guess I have a hard time just picking up tips that might work and weeding out all of the other opinions presented as fact.<br><br>
Thoughts? I thought mom's on here might get me better than some of my friends.
 

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That is a touch on the frequent side, but what I would focus on *first* is getting him back down as quickly as possible (personally I think that helps smooth those edges and helps them get to a point where they can *stay* asleep longer)<br><br>
I would try to sleep with one boob exposed and encourage him to latch on by himself.<br><br>
good luck!<br><br>
-Angela
 

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I do pretty much. each time is really small. he is back asleep pretty quick most of the time... but I have a very hard time falling asleep, and sometimes getting back to sleep. I could try having him latch himself on... he typically rolls away from me when he is done and sleeps on his back or in this strange back arch side sleeping (away from me) and he wiggles himself all over the bed while he sleep so we often need to adjust him so he is anywhere near the boob <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> you think at 7 months is able to get himself back on the boob if he needs to?
 

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That's around the age that many start to figure it out.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
-Angela
 

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I'm in the same boat with you, Mama. I'm waking up every 45-1 hr most nights. Actually though, this week i've been kind of an insomniac worrying about work, so i've been awake a lot--and I've determined that while DS wakes me that often, he doesn't actually need me that often... Being awake and watching him, I've noticed how much he squirms!! sometimes he just settles himself back down, but I think it wakes me up every time and I assume he needs me.<br><br>
My solution is to pressure my husband that we need a bigger bed so I can put some more space between DS and me, and see if we can then get some 2-3 hour chunks of sleep!
 
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