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Q&A: Something inhibiting baby's sleep?

My eight-month-old has no problem napping or falling asleep at bedtime, but he wakes every two to three hours at night and cannot get himself back to sleep. I have tried letting him "cry it out," but it has resulted in nothing. He cries for hours and when I go in he screams even harder. What should I do?

Re: My eight-month-old has no problem napping or falling asleep at bedtime, but he wakes every two to three hours at night and cannot get himself back to sleep. I have tried letting him "cry it out," but it has resulted in nothing. He cries for hours and when I go in he screams even harder. What should I do?

The Bump Expert

You could follow any sleep method exactly as described, but your hard work could be for nothing if something in your child's room interferes with his ability to sleep. One of us had a very similar experience with our child and the solution turned out to be as easy as removing a brightly lit alarm clock!

The next time your son goes to bed, try to sneak in before he usually wakes up. By spending time in his sleeping space, you can identify any environmental factors that may be causing him to wake up (like a blast of cool air from an overhead vent) or preventing him from going back to sleep (like a light shining into his crib). Pinpointing sleep inhibitors is a good first step to take if sleep training methods are not working.

sleep experts conner herman and kira ryan Conner Herman and Kira Ryan, cofounders of Dream Team Baby

Q&A: Something inhibiting baby's sleep?

I have read that just by simply having white noise in the room can help kids for many years stay asleep.

micki0624 |

Q&A: Something inhibiting baby's sleep?

Im having the same probllem with my 8 month old. All this last week its been impossible to sleep after midnight, shes up crying in her bed and unwilling to go back to sleep unless i sleep with her on the couch. As soon as i lay her down in her bed again she wakes up immediately. Its really wearing on me and i dont know what to do, she too sleeps with a night light and i think im going to durn it off tonight and see how that goes. Shes way too big to sleep with me still and she flops around like a fish out of water... not letting me sleep much

abby_yardley@yahoo.com |

Q&A: Something inhibiting baby's sleep?

I am having the same problem. My daughter is almost 9 months old. She started this about 2 weeks ago. I am exhauted and she must be as well.

jennkenn01 |

Q&A: Something inhibiting baby's sleep?

I'm having a more unique problem I think. My son goes down to sleep in his cosleeper fine, but he only stays asleep about hour-hour and half. Then he wakes up and starts kicking his legs high in the air and "inch-worming" all around. He will do this for 2 hrs till his next feeding. He doesn't cry (unless the pacifier falls out) but I know he cannot be getting restful sleep. He's starting sleeping all day (i think to make up for the not sleeping at night.) I do not know how to encourage him to sleep better. I am using a swaddle blanket, darkened room, white noise, pacifier and a wedge pillow. I suspect its an issue of not wanting to lie flat? Any suggestions?

ariadne183 |

Q&A: Something inhibiting baby's sleep?

wow - what a relief knowing that there are moms out there that are having the same difficulties I am. My daughter is almost 10 months old and the last month or so, she has had very random sleep patterns. Some nights shes still sleeping thru the night and others she will be up every hr. She goes down fine, and within 2 hrs or so, shes up crying away calling out mamamama. Its so heartbreaking. Ive tried letting her cry a little, but Im definately not a cryitout mom. My daughters just such a good baby its hard to imagine making her sob continuously when all she wants is a little comfort. I could really use some help figuring out what the heck to do. We have a really good night time routine, and She gets good naps during the day, I have a fan in her room, for white noise and Ive actually put one of my shirts in her crib and sometimes she will fuss but then find it and fall back asleep. Thats why I think its seperation anxiety, but the lack of sleep for me has just started taking a toll on me. Im a part time worker, and teach dance 1 night a week for a little "me" time, but Im outta options...What do you do?

tgavin79 |

Q&A: Something inhibiting baby's sleep?

I'm glad I'm not the only one out there with these issues. I have a 10 month old who will fall asleep in my arms and I can get her in the crib she will sleep for a while but between 2-4 am she will wake.Sometimes I can get her back to sleep easily and other times I have to lay on the couch with her till she falls asleep or feed her. She used to sleep through the night aside from teething and before we put her on solids she gave us some trouble but now I don't know what it is. She will cry and I will try comforting her in the crib which sometimes works and other time not. Sometimes it takes a few tries other times she get up and stands in the crib and I know I have to take her out. I can't let her cry it out. For one I'm not that type of Mom and I live in a 2 family and don't want to wake the neighbors. What to do?

pheebs70 |

Q&A: Something inhibiting baby's sleep?

Ladies you are not alone. My 4mth old dtg was sleeping throughout the night for abour 2-3 weeks, but recently begin waking up every 2 hrs for feedings, crying and fussy. Also wanting to play at 5am around the time its time to go to work. I rock, hold however I did notice when I put her in the bed with us she sleeps well. I hate to get in a habit of her sleeping with us ALL OF THE TIME, sometimes fine. But it would be nice to sleep with my hubby alone. But I gotta love my precious one even though she can be draining...good god!

angelebr |