I have a 10.5 month old baby boy, who doesn't sleep through the night, not even close. My husband and I can't handle him crying. It's so sad. :( He is my 4th child and my husbands first child.
Have you tried a white noise like a box fan or hair dryer. The constant sound really helped our baby sleep longer. When she wakes up too soon, the sound lulls her back to sleep. Worked like a dream for us. We since have bought a sound machine with ocean waves. My Friend recommended a little portable sound machine she found online at sleepybees.com that attaches to the car seat or stroller, Sleepy Bee. Now naps away from home are so much easier.
White noise definitely helps but oh my goodness not a hair dryer you'll burn your house down! Maybe try a more nipple shaped pacifier. This is not the best idea but lay him down with a bottle if he can hold it on his own. Then just do that less and less he won't starve overnight and ear plugs.
I believe you may need to let him cry it out , but I suggest calling a family member or close friend that you trust to help you with the "heartbreaking want to run to his rescue" urge.....you WILL need their support in this time ....with each child being individuals, the time frame is unknown, but asking for a week of their time may help. Oh, yes and maybe giving hard working hubby a special gift of peace, with a week long rest in a nice bed n breakfast.....for bnb's usually offer set times for meals with guests being served together.....usually prices include all meals and stay period.....research is pretty easy online in your community.....just suggesting. As for your little angel, you WILL definitely need support of someone not of your own household to help.....my daughter came home to california from Missouri with her 15 month old and a VERY SPOILED TO CONSTANT CODDLING 6.5 month old....WOW was that a rude awakening....the "baby" was held by her aunt 24/7 since birth and WOULD NOT PUT HER DOWN.....personally, that was equally abusive as shaking her, this poor little baby not only had a hard time deciding who her mommy was .....but equally trying to understand. Mommy can't hold her 24/7 due to having another baby as well......trauma, trauma, trauma.....just watching my daughter's guilt ridden face was just as heartwrenching....I really wanted to cry for her.....but I, moreso ,needed to support her....so I set up the stroller with her favorite drinks ,snacks, fruits and the older baby's favorites, etc......and sent her down the road to the school ball field for 2 hours......by the time she got back , our little angel was exhausted from crying and was fast asleep.....and slept all night long for the first time in her short little life and has since.....sometimes our bad habits must be dealt with in Grace and patience while keeping a peaceful, watching eye......just sit back and let them get it ALL OUT!!!!! God bless and good luck....nis
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