Baby night-owl: How do you get the baby to sleep?
June 18, 2008 6:35am CST
Last night my two month old stayed up all night in spite of my best efforts and greatest kindness to help him sleep. This morning I've lost patience and in spite of what every child pschobabbler says (who probably don't have kids themselves), I'm letting him cry. I check on him periodically to make sure he's okay and his diaper is dry and to calm him down a bit so he knows I'm still here. It's hurting my heart to hear him and not immediatly answer, but I can't keep giving these all nighters. It's starting to be a habit with him. So what do you do in this situation? I'm always open to other ideas.
18 Jun 08
as said, sometimes we should let them cry for a while. but try not to make it a habit of course. their sleeping patterns keep changing as they're growing up so don't worry too much. but yes, try changing the routine not only at night but during the daytime as well. my daughter turned 3 months yesterday. before, she used to sleep around 9pm and wake up half an hour later. after that she would only sleep at 11pm. but nowadays, though it's not a routine, she's slowly changing. she sleeps around 9.30pm and keeps on sleeping. sometimes, i wake up around 1-2 am to feed her, other times, immediately around 6. change the routine and sleeping times for the day. he'll slowly get used to it and begin to sleep earlier. best of luck to you.
18 Jun 08
In my book you are doing the right thing but a bit late. The time to let him cry himself to sleep is night time so that he gets into a rythm. Otherwise you will be on night shift! haha Of course he loves you and wants to be with you all the time, but they are also cunning little fellers and learn pretty quick how to get what they want. A good bawl will bring you running! Anyway, I'm sure you recognise his different cries - I'm hurt cry; I'm hungry cry; I'm wet cry; I WANT YOU cry and so on, and react accordingly. It's a bit like the smack on the bottom. Frowned on by all the current 'How to' books but essential to teach them the limits of good behaviour.