Thursday, April 5, 2012

4 Month Wakeful Period?

During the day Harry falls asleep very well. He'll usually take two or three short naps throughout the day. This is how I found him while I was making dinner last night.


Excersaucing is tough work, I tell ya! This is what we had for dinner, in case you were wondering (and I know you were).


Crunchy onion chicken and a shit ton of steamed cauliflower. Tasty and very filling!

Anyways, back to the topic at hand. Sleeping. As I said Harry takes naps during the day and falls asleep with no problem. Nighttime has become a totally different story since he turned four months old.

I heard of something called the four month wakeful period, and I suspect that is what we're going through right now. From what I've read babies usually wake up multiple times per night, even those that previously slept through the night just fine. We haven't been experiencing that (yet... knock on wood!), but it has been very difficult to get Harry to fall asleep.

His last bottle of the day is usually around 8:30 and we'll try and put him to bed when he's done. Before this whole mess started Harry would fall asleep on his own within 15 minutes. Now, we're lucky if he's asleep by 10 o'clock. As soon as we put him down he'll start screaming and crying.

We'll pick him up and rock him to try and calm him down, which doesn't work very well. An extra two ounces of formula will usually calm him down enough so we can try again. If he falls asleep he'll sometimes wake back up five minutes later, so we'll have to try other methods of soothing him back to sleep; typically we try gripe water and a pacifier.

It's obvious he's so tired but just doesn't want to go to sleep. At this age babies are becoming more aware of their surroundings and are just interested in learning and doing things so sleep is the last thing they want to do.

Once he's asleep for real he does still sleep through the night thankfully. He'll wake up anytime between 8:30 and 9:30 in the morning (this morning he woke up at 8:45).

I'm really crossing my fingers that this is as bad as it gets, but who knows. There is something called sleep training that I might need to look in to. I know nothing about it and might not be right for us, but could be worth researching if this behavior keeps up.

I'd love some advice or resources used by other parents who've had troubles putting their infants to bed!

8 comments:

  1. Hi,
    I am new to reading your blog and actually read the whole thing with in the past few days. Not very busy as work lol. My daughter is 14 months and I know exactly what you are talking about we did the CIO method but I know some parents don't like it. There is also the sleep sense method as well, which is a modified CIO that I knw a lot of people were succesful with.

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    1. Thank you for reading my blog! I've not heard of the sleep sense method, I'll look in to it! Although I don't think I'll probably do anything about it until he's at least 6 months.

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  2. I'm glad he is still sleepy through the night! But I can totally understand how tiring it can be trying to get a baby to fall asleep -who just keeps crying when you lay them down. When I put Liam down at night I give him the pacifier and turnthe fan on and he is normally out. I have had to try other methods though. We've tired something similar to this and it has worked in the past... http://www.walmart.com/ip/HoMedics-SoundSpa-Lullaby-Sound-Machine-with-Picture-Projection/5913225?adid=bzv_fb_revshr_001

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    1. Good idea with the fan, I just got one for his room since it doesn't have air conditioning. Haven't turned it on though since it's been cooler but the sound could help him!

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  3. Drake was going through this but we keep his mobile going through out the night now. He loves it and the music, and stars going around the room keeps him calm and he likes to talk to the little bear that goes around. He tends to have conversations with him until he passes out and convo starts back up when he wakes up in the morning. My 2 year old went through it also at that age and I am so very thankful it only lasted about a week and a half.

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    1. Aww that's cute, and I'm jealous that it only lasted a week and a half :)

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  4. OH my goodness, Lindsey! I am SO happy (and sad) to be reading this! Happy to know that we are not the only ones going through this! and sad because we are both experiencing this awful crying all of a sudden. We thought for a bit that she was already starting to teeth (YIKES!), but the more I research and listen to other mom's (like you) we are not alone in this strange period of inconsolable crying that takes place at night when she would usually fall asleep peacefully! Greenlee will also stay asleep once she is asleep for the night, but getting to that point has been dreadful. It is starting to get better though! I do NOT want to repeat the last two weeks though... :)

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    1. I thought it could be teething too, but I don't think it is yet. Such a weird thing that they'll just cry and cry :(. Glad it's getting better for you guys!!!

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