Edmonton, Alberta Canada
Number of kid: 1
Ages of kids: 10.5 months
Problem: I have a 10.5 month old boy who still has not slept through the night. Now I know that this is not unusual for some children, but my little one wakes up on average 5 - 6 times a night. At first it was difficult getting him on a routine, however now we have figured out some of it. He has his evening cereal at about 7 or 7:30pm and a bath around 8:30, then he drinks some milk and falls asleep at about 9-9:30 pm. (Some times he has so much energy that he can only fall asleep around 10, 11 or 12!)
He usually wakes up after an hour or so and I comfort him by either giving him his bottle or some water or his pacifier. He turns over and falls asleep by himself then. This pattern continues throughout the night, sometimes he surprises us and even sleeps for 3 hours at a stretch. During the day he sleeps for an hour on most days, (sometimes for two). Can anyone out there let me know if I'm doing anything I'm not suppose to and how can we all get some sleep again? Thanks, Kalps
Solution posted by "^MAMA^":PARDON???? My children (younger one anyway) still do not sleep through the night. I rarely get a full nights rest...... but I am accustomed to it, so it no longer is a "problem" in my home.
Good Luck on your venture to get your child to sleep through the night.....I hear it does happen for some people! :)
Another solution posted by "Queen Mommy": When my son was three months old, a friend gave me the book, "Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems" by Dr. Richard Ferber. I read it and his methods seemed rather harsh. I wasn't sure I was ready to follow his advice. At four months, I decided to try his methods of "sleep training" on my son. My husband travels a lot and I really needed my son to go to bed at a decent time so I could have some down time at night. The first few nights were really hard. He cried and cried. We would go in and comfort him every few minutes and it was rough.
This method also worked for naps. I put him in his crib awake and he just rolls over and goes to sleep. The trick is consistency. I try to put him down at the same time every day no matter where we are. If we are out and about. He sleeps in the stroller or in a friend's crib or playpen. I really must recommend this book. My friends who did not bother to follow the advice in the book are sorry they didn't. Dr. Ferber suggests starting at 3 months but says it is possible at any age.
Another Solution posted by Joan from Boise, Idaho:I was happy to see that someone else has the same problem that I do. My daughter has had the same problem, although she doesn't wake up quite so often during the night. I had the same problem with my 6 year old, she really didn't sleep through the night until she was about 2 years old. I've heard so many times, "Just let them cry themselves back to sleep," I don't know about you, but I just can't stand to listen to my children cry. And that solution just wouldn't work with my kids, they would cry so hard that they would eventually end up throwing up from crying so hard. I know this may not be the answer you've wanted to hear, but just be patient. My 6 year old started sleeping through the night at 2 and she has no problems sleeping now. As a matter of fact, my 10 month old has actually started sleeping through the night. Granted my idea of sleeping through the night and hers differ, but she's at least sleeping for 6 hours at a stretch. Just remember to try and rest when they do. It makes your life a lot easier.