My son co-slept with me (my husband slept in another room b/c he's a very sound sleeper) for 3 months and he made the transition to his crib wonderfully. He went to sleep around 9:30-10 with no problems. He cut out his 1:30 am feeding on his own, then eventually his 3:30 feeding and began sleeping through the night at 4 months. I was even able to lay him in his crib awake, leave the room and fall asleep on his own. If he didn't go to sleep right away in the middle of the night after eating, he'd also lay in his crib and put himself to sleep. Then there was a week where he was really fussy and we thought he may be teething. Then he began cluster feedings for a couple of weeks from 9pm-midnight. He'd sleep, wake up to eat, then repeat. Since those cluster feedings, he's been sleeping terribly. He goes to sleep between 9 and 10, usually up at 11, then again every 2-3 hours. He seems hungry and is eating every time. Any suggestions on getting him back on track besides CIO.
I think a lot of moms discover everything starts to change around this age. Right now he's going through a flurry of major changes. The first few months not much goes on, then all of a sudden they learn to roll over, sit, crawl, cruise, walk, and talk. Along with that, teeth start popping through and growth spurts happen regularly.
Hopefully once whatever is going on right now subsides he can go back to his usual schedule.
Have you started solid foods yet? That is one thing, if he's waking up to have cluster feedings, adding more solid food to his diet might help him stay asleep.
He stopped the cluster feedings. He did those for a couple weeks in late April/early May. Since then, his sleep has been all out of whack. He has started solids and they've been gradually increased. I'm hopeful that he gets back on track.
Some parents may not want to hear this, and I understand, but sometimes you have to let your baby cry it out to get back to sleeping through the night. I have 3 sons and I did it with each of them and it worked for me. But you have to be patient with going about it this way. Maybe he's just going through a faze and it will end soon. Good Luck!
I think it's age and stage. Between growth spurts and teething, sleeping through the night is a thing of the past. My baby was averaging anywhere from 6 to 7 hour stretches at night...until she turned six months old. She's seven months and two weeks and she's still getting me up two to three times a night.
Babies go through this. My son slept through the night for certain periods and then would get up through the night just when I thought I was in the clear lol. I had this method for getting my son to sleep on his own. When he would cry I'd come in, pat his but to calm him down (unless back rubs are preferred by your baby) for about 5 minutes, then leave the room Let him cry if he was still upset for 5-10 minutes and come in, repeat the process, and leave. Eventually he stopped needing me to do that all the time, it became less and less until it was none at all. A much less cruel way than just letting them scream their faces off.
My little girl is almost a year old, and did not sleep through the night until 10 months. Since then she will wake up several times at night, when a tooth is coming through. Children will go through the change in sleep routine sometimes when they are going through growth spurts, teething, or just major changes in their development. Basically, I'm agreeing with everyone else. :)
Thanks, everyone! He's started sleeping on his side/stomach, which is helping. Putting him down has become much easier. He's still waking up at least a couple times before 11pm, but he's going back to sleep much easier. After eating in the middle of the night, I'm able to lay him right back down now. He's also starting to put himself back to sleep in the middle of the night again. I was able to lay him in his crib yesterday morning awake after a feeding/diaper change and he talked for a while and fell back to sleep. It's been a while since he's done that. Hopefully things will improve soon and I won't want to punch the next person who says "he's sleeping through the night now, right?" or asks "how's he sleeping?" :)