Hi mommies and daddies :). I need your help again. Ever since my DS learned to sit up in his crib, he refuses to sleep/nap. I usually put him down when he is tired and drowsy and the min he is down, he sits up and starts crying.
I have tried the cio method to no avail. Last night, it was such a battle trying to get him to sleep and when I did, he woke up around 1:30a and kept waking up every 15-30 min till 5:00a.
I suspect he might be teething, so DH and I have him orajel, but that still didn't do the trick. I don't think it was tummy trouble either.
Has anyone gone through this? Please help and share your experiences. Thanks!!!!
^I think that most of us have gone through that (or something very similar). It's normal, especially when they are going through developmental milestones (like sitting up, crawling, walking, etc.). Unfortunately, there is probably really nothing you can do. Don't alter his routine because you don't want him developing any bad habits. Continue to let him CIO (I did a modified CIO where I would go in and comfort without talking or picking the child up) and hopefully, he will go back to his old sleep patterns again. I feel for you. I know it's hard, but this too, shall pass.
oh yeah... 9 month is a prime month for broken sleep. Milestones will keep them awake, whether it's physical milestones (teething, new skill) or that combined with mental milestones... I know I have a hard time sleeping when I'm stressed/excited about something in my life, I can imagine how much worse it is for a baby.
I didn't do a real CIO with mine, though until after the 2nd year. During the first year, we had routines that helped him get back to sleep, but it did interrupt my sleep. I would wait a little bit to make sure he was really awake. (DS was a noisy sleeper, he talks, laughs, yells, and cries in his sleep). If he really was awake, I would pick him up, nurse him, rock him back to sleep and then put him back into his crib. All this would take 5 minutes, 10 tops. At the worst, he'd wake up like a newborn every 2-3 hrs, at best maybe once a night.
A couple weeks back we had a horrible couple of nights and it turned out to be a molar peeking through. He went back to normal after it broke out.
I am no expert but do you have one of those animals that plays a noise or song? If my daughter wakes up in the night I wait to see if she will soothe herself for about 5 minutes then if she is still crying I go calm her then start her music up, (it has a timer for 30 mins). I play this when I put her down in her crib for bedtime too so I think she associates the music now with its time to go to sleep. I hate that, my 8 mo old just got her first cold last week and that had her up a few times because her nose was stopped up but hitting the music button seemed to do the trick for me....but good luck.