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My 10 month old son has always been a night waker. He has only slept through the night a matter of 5-6 times. During the day he has a morning sleep at 9:30 for 1-2 hours and then again at 1:00pm for about 1-2 hours. Sometimes missing this sleep altogether if he has a big morning sleep. He goes to bed of a night at about 6-6:30. He the will wake a few hours later and has done this since a few months old. We resettle him and he goes back to sleep majority of the time. He has always done this is there any reason? He will then wake up any time from 12:00-2:00 crying his little heart out, sometimes we will give him a bottle and he will go back to sleep till about 6:00am. We've tried offering water but he does not drink it. We have tried re settling him but it takes a few hours and he fights us all the way. And we can't let him cry to much because his brothers asleep in the room next to him, and I work till 1:00am and need my sleep as I'm up at around 6:30am. Does he need a night feed? He goes to his cot awake and falls to sleep by himself and has since he was a few months old. He's not rocked or patted to sleep and has never liked a dummy! Help!!

Can you tell me how you resettle him when he wakes in the night.

Let me know Cheers Maree

It's Time to Sleep

Hi Maree,

My 6month old son sounds very similar to blakesmummmy's.

Daewon goes to sleep at about 7ish and somtimes he wakes 2hrs later screaming. He shouldn't be hungry as i feed him 1/2hr before he sleeps, but he won't sleep again until he has his feed. I have tried patting him back to sleep, giving him his dummy which he now seems to hate and giving him a cuddle and putting him back but nothing works. He also sleeps in his cot by himself awake, sometimes he puts up a fight but generally he gets to sleep without much fuss. He will wake again at about 1-2am and again he seems legitimately hungry. I am diluting his milk but he doesn't get full on it and he wakes regularly after that so i am thinking of giving him full feeds again. What do you think?
Sometimes he wakes at 5.30 and stays up for an hr or so and it annoys me as i need my sleep too. His day sleeps are regular, sleeping for 2hrs, 2hrs after he wakes and again in the afternoon, usually abit after lunch.

What am i doing wrong and what should i be doing? :~

Sue & Daewon 23.03.2004

When he first wakes he usually settles himself after a few minutes of crying, but if it's later in the night he'll refuse to go back to sleep, sometimes he has a bottle and then goes straight to sleep. Otherwise we just patt him till he settles then leave him. If he then starts crying we'll let him cry and after a while go back in and settle him, keep doing this untill he falls asleep. He is slowely getting better. We can have a few nights where he'll sleep through but the the next night were back to waking up.

Try to be consistent and repetitive with the settling and be careful not to pat off to sleep. Follow the techniques on <a href="">Your Baby’s Sleep</a> page. I would suggest you try doing a 10pm rollover feed and settle using the techniques when he wakes during the night.

Good luck, Maree

It's Time to Sleep

Your son probably has a few sleep associations and when waking on his ‘light sleep’ he is looking for your comfort or the comfort of his bottle.
At 6 months you can try a 10pm rollover feed and follow our settling techniques when he wakes during the night. You can get the details for this on <a href="">Your Baby’s Sleep</a> page or from <a href="It's time to sleep</a"">It's Time To Sleep</a> DVD & Book.

Good luck, Maree

It's Time to Sleep

my baby girl is 10 weeks old and wont sleep in her cot.........i sometimes let her sleep in the fisher-price rocker aquarium........which she falls asleep straight away but i feel so guilty leting her sleep there....she also sleeps between me and my husband............... thats the only way she can sleep soon as she is alseep i put her in the cot and she wakes up.............what can i do to make her sleep in her cot

emili 24/02/2005


Unfortunately your daughter doesn't know how to sleep without you. If you want to change that you will need to use some settling techniques to teach
her to sleep independently. The settling program we use is all hands on, no leaving baby at all. Along with feed/play/sleep routine and watching for tired signs, the patting techniques we use gives baby a clear message that it's time to sleep.

You can get details of our settling program on <a href="">Your Baby’s Sleep</a> page or from <a href="It's time to sleep</a"">It's Time To Sleep</a> DVD&Book.

Cheers Maree

It's Time to Sleep

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