Friday, April 8, 2011

a rough patch

okay so this is gonna be short and sweet...i'm looking for suggestions!

jonah is 9 months old today! hoorrayyy!! he's growing so fast and is such a joy...but not so much when he wakes up at 1:30 am and then 5:45 am! ahhhhh!! he goes to sleep fine between 7:30 and 9:00 (our schedule is always crazy so we don't have a great bedtime routine..this is probably a lot of our problem) but then he wakes up at least once every night.

what we've tried:
1. bottle - this works almost every time...he will drink one right at bedtime about 8-10 ounces, then when he wakes up he takes another 6-8 ounces!
2. let him cry...needless to say i can only handle this for so long before i go scoop him up
3. rocking him...he is a wiggle worm...he doesn't want to just sit and be rocked
4. go to bed with him in the guest room so we don't wake up jamie and noah (here's our other problem, noah won't stay in his crib or big boy bed, so he sleeps on his little couch next to our bed...another problem for another day)

the second wake up is the hardest...i just cannot be awake at 5:45 am! we like to sleep until around 7:30...

HELP! how do i get him on a better schedule!?!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Kacee, I just happen to hop over to your blog from Pioneer Woman.
    Saw your post for today and wanted to offer some advice from someone who has been there. First off have you heard of the book called Healthy Sleep Habits, Healthy Child?
    Great resource!! You don't have to read it from front to back you can go to a section that applies to you and get some good advice as well as explanations.
    That book helped me turn things around when we had our second child. The biggest thing I can tell you is that an over tired baby will sleep less, yep less! so the later you get him to bed the more likely he will wake up. It will take a few days but if you can try your best to get him to bed at his "normal" window. Explained in the book, every child has one, you'll have better luck. Also do you use white noise machines? these help drown out the other children. My Pediatrician and mother of 4 under 6yrs, told me she has one in each childs room as well as outside the door of the youngest to drown out the hall noise. We do that now too and it has helped. My youngest just turned 1 and he gets put to bed drowsy, But awake, puts himself to sleep with minimal fussing and sleeps for exactly 11.5 hrs every night. Unless of course he's sick. Good luck! get the book it will help one way or another! great resource.