Monday, October 26, 2009

4 Month Wakeful?

Does this look like the face of a little baby who wants to keep his parents up all night?

If your answer was "no," you would be incorrect. This little guys has been keeping us up at night.
A mere 3 hours after this picture was taken, this little guy was awake in his crib talking and wanting to play. It definitely isn't his hungry cry...there's no mistaking that one! He just wants someone to keep him company and play. Mommy doesn't want to play in the middle of the night.
He isn't waking up just once throughout the night, that would be easy, he's waking at least 3 times. I haven't figured out if it's because he isn't being swaddled (since last Tuesday or so) or because of the infamous 4 Month Wakeful. Our pedi says it happens to some babies and not others.
We're going to experiment tonight and try to swaddle him again to see if he sleeps through the night.
If your baby went through the 4 month wakeful period, what did you do? Bottle? Rock back to sleep? CIO? I'm interested in suggestions!


Heather said...

The 4-6 month period was rough for us. I think it was the hardest part, but my DH says 1-3 was. Anyway, we were already having sleep issues then. The girls were sleeping with us in our bed still at that point. They started waking up more in the middle of the night around 4 months. I think it was around 5 months when we moved them into cribs, in separate rooms. We had a 10 minute CIO rule that went into effect right at 6 months. I couldn't take more than 10 minutes of them crying. Very rarely did they even make it to 10 minutes. If they did, we went back in and rocked them or gave them more bottle. Around 7 months they started STTN from 7:30 PM to 7:00 AM. They rarely get up in the middle of the night now.

Good luck!

The Wilson's said...

Oh girl, we went through this a couple of weeks ago... not fun times at the Wilson house! The good news is that its only a phase, and after a full week Jackson went back to "normal". The only way I could get him to sleep for a little bit was to nurse him. We've also found that the humidifier makes him sleep so much better. I did buy a small library of "how to get your baby to sleep" books, the night they came in is the night Jackson slept again... so they sit in my room collecting dust... and it was worth every penny:)

Laura said...

We have been having sleep issues here too. Cam has been going to bed at 11PM and now all of the sudden wants to stay up until 1 or 2AM. I am so tired. :(

I give him a bottle at 1AM and after that he finally will go to sleep. I think I'm going to take about five naps today!

Erin said...

That is tough -- I would definitely recommend NOT rocking him to sleep, that will just set you up for a bad habit later on down the road after he develops permanent memory in a few months. I think CIO depends on your personal tolerance for the crying, and be prepared that they will probably wake each other up (or at the least annoy one another) if you let them cry for too long and they are in the same bedroom. If he were hungry, that would be a different situation, but seeing he just wants to play, I think I would go in, turn on his mobile or whatever entertainment is in his crib, and then leave again. The boys have these Fisher Price jungle mirrors with lights and music -- and still love them -- when I put them to bed now, they both flip the little "wheel" to turn it on! Good luck ...

Mitzi G.!! said...

Brayden wakes up every once in a while at about 1 & wants to play so I just turn on his fish aquarium, give him his binky & sit in the glider for about 5 minutes to make sure that he is going to be OK with that & eventually he will play himself back to sleep.....most of the time :)

Meant to be a mom said...

I hope things get better soon You finally start sleeping at night and then the 4 month wakeful period comes on. Yuck.

rollerbabe said...

With Dubs it was at six months. Thought he was hungry...mistake went from one bottle every three nights to two to three bottles a night. At nine months did CIO, also started giving blankies then. I'd say try to avoid the bottle, see if he can be comforted or comfort himself without it.

Priscila said...

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