Sleep Problems


Hi Ladies,
I need some advice, my 9 month old has stopped sleeping through the night the past 2 weeks. It seems like almost like clock work he is up fussing after 1-2 hours of sleeping. I go in there and he is standing in his crib, as soon as I pick him up he puts his head on my shoulder and is out again with 5 minutes (I know this is going to cause a BAD habit). I know I need to just let him try to go back to sleep on his own but my husband threw his back out and can not pick him up, I have to get up at 6 to go to work and I just find it so much easier (for me) to go in there and be up for 10 minutes rather than listen to him cry for 30+minutes (this is what happened the 1x I tried it). I am a behavior specialist (for children with autism) and I know all I am doing is reinforcing his behavior but I am torn, I need sleep and he needs sleep (did I mention my huband can NOT get him to nap more than 30 minutes during the day). His typical sleep schedule was 6pm (would wake about 10 for a bottle) then sleep till 6-7am. Any tips would be appreciated.


It seems you already know where this will lead, but I understand how hard it can be to do the “right” (Aka textbook) thing. DD slept thru the night (11-12) hrs straight at 4mos. At 5.5 mos she all of a sudden started waking at 3am again. At first I thought it was a growth spurt and went with it for a while. After 2 weeks I realized that she was playing a game and I was going right along. 15min feedings turned into 1-2hr long party time…I had to stop it.

I would recommend trying to wean what you’re doing now of you don’t think CIO is for you. You are going in and picking him up and rocking him now. Instead of sitting down with him, start with just picking him up and walking the room. Next try just picking him up, hugging him and putting him back down. Then just patting him and put him on his back again. Eventually getting him to the point where you don’t have to go in at all. Other than CIO (my own saving grace and the reason DD is the awesome sleeper she is now), this is the only other thing I can think of.

Sleep stuff is never fun…good luck!!!


I’m in a similar situation, although I have 9 month old twins.

Both were wonderful sleepers from 4 months on. Then at 7 months and again now one or the other (or both) would wake up. I did what the above poster suggested (weaning the behavior down night by night) and it worked. I too am concerned with myself or DH losing sleep if we did CIO in the middle of the night (DH doesn’t get home until 1 am then is up with us at 6 or 7 am). However, that being said, its what I do during the day for all naps.

I hope something works out; I definatley hear your frustrations :slight_smile:


I also am having similar issues. My twins will be 9 months next week. They both have been sleeping through the night since about 9 weeks. My son has been waking up anywhere from 1 to 6 times a night. (this has been going on about 2 weeks) I go in and give him is pacifier, little toy blanky, and turn on his aquariam. He goes right back to sleep. I never pick him up. I think it might be teething that wakes him. I am not sure. The last 2 nights he has not woke up at all. The only reason I go in to give him the pacifer is because he shares a room with his twin sister and I do not want him to wake her up. My only advice is to TRY not to pick him up if possible. Try laying him down and giving him a pacifier (if he uses one) or rub his back.
Good luck