the sandman is on strike

Our boy had decided he’s not fond of sleep anymore, especially during the day. He won’t sleep longer than half an hour for his daytime naps, and we never know when we put him down if he’s going to awaken after a  few brief moments or not. If we want him to sleep at all during the day, we usually have to keep him on one of us. 

At night, he typically doesn’t go longer than three hours (and that’s a good night) in his basket. Lately, he seems to need to awaken at night every hour and a half. Sometimes it’s because he’s hungry; other times, it’s because he just wants comfort.

For awhile, we had a fairly reliable night time routine, where he went down for the night at around 7:00. We would wake him up for a diaper change and to eat at ten. He would be back to sleep by eleven and would then sleep until 2:00 or 3:00. It was great. Those days are no longer. It seems our trip out of town, combined with the time change has resulted in a baby who refuses to sleep in the evening too. Instead, he becomes so very tired that he fusses and fusses. Our evenings are becoming fairly exhausting.

We are beginning to wonder when our boy will succumb to sleep again. Is he going to be fifteen and waking us up three times a night?

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8 responses to “the sandman is on strike

  1. Have you tried swaddling him? We had the same problem at around the same time, and swaddling was a total lifesaver. He started sleeping for much longer periods, both at night and for naps. Might be worth a try?

  2. A.

    Sorry that the routine has been interrupted! I can’t offer any advice, but hope that he gets back into the swing of things soon. xoxo

  3. My daughter is 3 1/2 and still wakes me up twice a night! lol

    also she didnt’ start sleeping better until she was 7 months old.. when we moved her to her crib,and her own room…. we wondered if we were just noisy sleepers and we woke her up ourself.

  4. I agree with swaddling. What about a pacifier? Holland is 6 months and waking up 3 times a night:(

  5. notesfrom2moms

    Ahhhh sleep. I am convinced the kids who sleep through the night are drugged. Regardless, it does get better. Happiest baby on the block was a helpful book for us at that age. The no cry sleep solution was helpful at 9 months. Now- we experiment but have come to accept that LJ is not a big sleeper. We get a 30 min nap in the morning and 1 hour afternoon. Good luck.

  6. He may be going through a growth spurt. Hopefully he’ll get back on target soon!!

  7. Is there anything in your diet that might be affecting his ability to sleep?

  8. hey girls,
    SO sorry that baby Genius is not a sleeping genius. But, I am wondering if he is about 6 weeks old? If so, do some book looking or googling. I think you will be relieved (?) to know that there is a major growth spurt right around 6 weeks that contributes to babies becoming anti-sleeping. just thought of it b/c my nephews all went through it, much to my sisters’ dismay and only on their second babies were they like: “oh! 6 weeks! this will pass.”

    hope everything is snuggly there. at least if you can’t sleep, you can snuggle that beautiful boy!

    take care!

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