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Desperate for advice about 6 mo old night waking
« on: December 10, 2005, 16:12:15 pm »
I have been doing pat/shh, pu/pd for six weeks now weaning my 6 mo, 1wk old from nursing whenever he wants at night. We have been making slow progress, and although he continues to wake several times a night he is soothed often times by the binky, a swaddle or pats and rubs, and I don't even have to pick him up.
He goes to bed between 7:30-8:00pm,
wakes after 45 mins, I soothe back to sleep
wakes after 1 hour, I soothe back to sleep,
sleeps until 11:00.
I have been trying to push his feeding until midnight, but sometimes that doesn't work.
Up at 3:00
Up at 5:30
Up for the day at 7:30 - 8:00am
The latest dilemma is that he wakes a 3:00am every night and cries and cries and cries. It's been two hours of crying every night at that time for the past four days. He's been on solid food consistently at 5:00pm for the past week, he's teething, and getting ready to crawl - which I can understand all of these are developmental milestones that would impact sleep, but the same time every night seems like more of a pattern. What is extremely frustrating is that he just ends up crying until it's a feed time, so I feel like I'm giving him the message that I'm giving in to his crying. Is he reacting to the solid food? If so, why only at 3:00 am?
I am so tired and frustrated. I haven't gotten more than a three hour block of sleep since he was born. I'm really struggling with PPD, and I was hoping that addressing sleep issues and getting my son to sleep better would help - but there's not much sleeping going on.
Please, please I would really appreciate your advice, assistance, moral support. We're traveling for the Holidays, and I thought we would be more solidified in bedtime. Please help, Yvette

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Desperate for advice about 6 mo old night waking
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2005, 21:01:14 pm »
I can't say that I have a lot of advice--sorry!--but I did want to send out big hugs.  I understand PPD (been there!), and it makes it so much worse with sleep deprivation, I know.  I remember reading that Tracy said that 3 am waking is the hardest to overcome.  My ds has the same problem with that waking, fortunately now he will accept his paci and go right back to sleep.  Maybe you could try wake to sleep for that waking?  That's what I'm going to do with ds here soon if it continues into Christmas.  Also, maybe you could introduce a dream feed around 10/10:30?  It might make him give up the 11:00 waking.
It sounds like you're on the right track, though.  Keep your chin up, ok?  I know that age is tough with all the milestones, and travelling doesn't make it any easier.  Just don't get distraught.  Remember, this too shall pass.
Mom to Penelope and Alex