Perogi Posted September 21, 2012 Share Posted September 21, 2012 I've got a little guy here who will be 6 months at the end of Sept. He goes to sleep really well - swaddled, soother, snuggled for a minute, then put down awake and falls asleep on his own. BUT he wakes up after about an hour - every.single.time. Often I can go in and pop the soother back in his mouth and he's back to sleep but it doesn't always work. And it's annoying :tongue_smilie: I realize that he's waking up as he's transitioning from one sleep cycle to the next and I was hoping he'd outgrow it but it's been going on now for a couple of months. It's gotten more frustrating since we've started school at the beginning of the month and I need that nap time to get a good bit of teaching in with my other 3 kids. I had hoped that at the very least it would get better when he got old enough to put his own soother back in but I don't want to wait around. To complicate mattters (quite a bit), we are fostering him, and after 4 months of no contact, his mom has surfaced and now has visits with him 5 days a week, for an hour each day. This is week 3 of his visits and it is really messing with his sleep habits. Each day that he has a visit he misses a nap because he's off at a visit. Instead, he gets a cat nap in the car on the way to the visit (about 20 min) and a cat nap on the drive home. Then he's fussy and irritable because it was just enough to take the edge off and he won't go to bed but it wasn't really enough sleep. It's also had an impact on his nighttime sleeping. Previously, he would go to bed around 7pm, I'd feed him again before going to bed myself, around 11pm, and he'd sleep until 7am. Now, he's often waking and crying between going to bed and when I go to bed and he's sometimes awake every couple of hours at night. Furthermore, the visits happen at a common access centres where he plays with all the toys the other babies play with at their visits so he's being exposed to a lot of germs - he is just getting over an ear infection and now has a cold. So - all that to say that his little life is complicated and there may not be an easy solution. But it's making things hard on the family and I'd like to think that somehow I can help make him into a good sleeper. I've never done CIO and I don't know if it's appropriate here. First because I don't know how it would work mid-nap, and second because I don't know if it's a good idea considering all the other circumstances of what this little guy is going through. On the other hand, he almost has to learn to sleep well regardless of the circumstances precisely because I can't create and maintain a wonderful routine that encourages good sleep habits. Help? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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