Posted by: Wits End | 2009/08/26


6 month old waking 7 to 11 times at night

Good day I am a single mom to a six month old baby boy. I currently live with my parents while rebuilding my life (my fiancee walked out upon learning of my pregnancy). My problem is that my son has from birth woken up 7 to 13 times a night and it is getting very tiresome. Some told me that this is normal, while others tell me that he should be sleeping through. My parents refuse to let me sleep train them, as the crying might inconvenience them and also becasue they do not believe in it. I am desperate to try the sleep training, so that even if it doesn' t work, I know I have tried it. my son has a set routine, eats well and is well developed. I had the problem where while I was on maternity leave and my son would fall asleep, he would be woken up by the barking dogs or screeching parrot. Could that have caused a pattern here? Is there a way I can sleep train my child and not keep the entire family up? He wakes up, cries, often refiuses his bottle and would wriggle and moan, but doesn'  t want me to turn him and he has no winds. I have read Sister Lilians books during my pregnancy as well as the childcare book and it is awesome. I tried the family bed thing and it is not helping. I am so tired and have no idea what to do any longer. My mother often reminds that I must be grateful for having them around and supporting me financially during those first times. So you can only imagine the reproaches I will get if I ask them to be patient for three days so I can sleep train. I don' t know if I even made sense in this message but I am desperate.

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This is an excellent question and you certainly have made your concerns very clear.If your baby had only recently strtaed with his sleep problem then the most likely reason would be teeething. However he has always woken up repeatedly. You do not mention how you are feeding him.Does he perhaps have a blocked nose? If he does you should help him to clear his nose by using infant saline nose drops.He may simply be hungry especially now when he needs solids as well as his milk.He does not appear to have any milk or lactose intolerance.Before you can think about sleep training your baby you need to be sure that he is not hungry and does not have any discomfort from teething.

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Posted by: R | 2009/08/27

It is not easy being a single mom, and now being dependent, in a way, on your family. I wish you all the best, and hope the little one settles in sooner. Good Luck. Be strong.

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