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Baby waking every hour at 6 months

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Baby waking every hour at 6 months

Hi RFD need some suggestions. Things are rough at home with fatigue.

After baby is put to bed at 8pm. He wakes up every hour for the first 7 hours of the night and doesn't want food or a pacifier. Just wants to be picked up and put back down. It has been like this for a month.

Is it time to start the cry it out method!? We need some sleep! Thanks
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Hey. I have a document for you to use. We used it about 5-6 months. It’s a thorough sleep guide.

It’s not letting me attach a pdf to this post though. Send me a PM and I’ll email it to you
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I had to use the cry it out method with my son at about 6 months. At first I would go in after a minute, then 2 minutes, then 3-4 minutes. I would work my way up so the period where he was crying was longer and longer. After a few days I wouldn't rush in right away. I'd let him cry for a couple minutes.

It was a slow transition, but it worked well for us. He's been a great sleeper since he was about 6 months old.
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Wow mine was in bed no later than 7pm. :)

Anyways, had this for a month around 6 months and let it cry a bit. See where it goes.
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Maybe teething?
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Might be teething.

Our son had a lot of sleep issues. We had 18 months of broken sleep. For most of the first year, he woke every couple hours and had to be rocked back to sleep.

I assure you that it gets better, though. At 2 years, he sleeps from 7:30PM until 6 or 6:30 am with at most one overnight wake, and that single wake is usually for a gulp of water before he falls right back asleep again.

We were against the cry it out method. I prefer fatigue over feeling like I'm being neglectful.

On the other plus side, we're done with teething at 2 years. He already has all of his baby teeth.
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I’m addition to the teething, it could also be that he/she is hungry.

If you google how much oz babies should get, you’ll get a breakdown at each month. If the baby is getting plenty of milk during the day, you can then consider letting them cry a bit. Otherwise, not a great idea.
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If you’re positive your baby isn’t hungry and really just wants to be held/picked up then it might just be a comfort thing and baby needs to learn how to self-soothe. There are various sleep training methods that you can try.

However, I’ll be honest, none of the sleep training methods worked for mine. It was hell for about 3 years for us. From 2-3, we had one wake up per night. Then shortly after 3, something just clicked and now she sleeps through the night. Hang in there, it does eventually get better!
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Check if they’re not too hot or cold, just need to be warm and comfy to sleep
Teething and hunger also cause wakeups
Try giving gripe water as well before bedtime
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Had a similar issue. One child would wake up every hour/sleep cycle. "No Cry Sleep Solution” by Elizabeth Pantley was a good starting spot for us.
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random pattern wrote: Had a similar issue. One child would wake up every hour/sleep cycle. "No Cry Sleep Solution” by Elizabeth Pantley was a good starting spot for us.
We used this as a reference too.
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learsid wrote: Hi RFD need some suggestions. Things are rough at home with fatigue.

After baby is put to bed at 8pm. He wakes up every hour for the first 7 hours of the night and doesn't want food or a pacifier. Just wants to be picked up and put back down. It has been like this for a month.

Is it time to start the cry it out method!? We need some sleep! Thanks
First and foremost, I'd like to make it clear to you that what you are going through may be completely out of your control and it is neither a reflection on your parenting nor the child themselves.

None of our children slept through the night until they were at least 18 months, one responded to the cry it out method, one just screamed until we came back. The only consistency we noticed was the child is more likely to get a good night's sleep after they began eating solids.

Some babies are hardwired to not respect their parent's sleep needs for years ;).
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Are you excessively picking up your baby during the day, reacting to every need? How's the sleep schedule during the day and how much food before bed?
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Kiraly wrote: Have you tried having your baby sleep in your bed with you? That worked for us like magic for all three of us getting the most sleep. Even feedings—they just kind of happened without my wife even waking up!
Oh man, it is crazy how this can be so different for people. The worst mistake we ever made was let the 2nd boy sleep in our bed! No one but him slept, and it took over a year of no sleep for the parents to finally put an end to it!

It all started because the 1st boy was such a great sleeper from 4 months on that when the 2nd one wasn't, we had no clue what to do, and made the worst mistake every of letting him sleep in between us as an act of desperation.

Then one day, we got the 2nd a new bed and retired the crib early, and boom. All night sleeps.
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Hi guys going through this experience right now too. Our baby is 6 months she first slept in crib but never stay in there long, co-slept with us on our bed and sleeps pretty well, but now transitioning to her own room and she either sleeps for 40-mins to 60 mins if were lucky 2-3 hours, we still rock her to sleep we find that very tiring. We tried sleep it out once but because our baby has a tendency to gag and vomit if she cries too hard... anyone have any suggestions????
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If you are willing to sleep train, may I suggest you joining a facebook group called “Respecful sleep training/learning. There are a lot of useful tips and documents in that group. You might be able to pick a sleep train method that is suitable for your baby, not necessarily the cry-it-out (extinction) method. I personally found the group very useful and sleep trained my little one, she’s now sleeping 11,12 hrs at night.

Good luck!
BrianJai wrote: Hi guys going through this experience right now too. Our baby is 6 months she first slept in crib but never stay in there long, co-slept with us on our bed and sleeps pretty well, but now transitioning to her own room and she either sleeps for 40-mins to 60 mins if were lucky 2-3 hours, we still rock her to sleep we find that very tiring. We tried sleep it out once but because our baby has a tendency to gag and vomit if she cries too hard... anyone have any suggestions????
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BrianJai wrote: Hi guys going through this experience right now too. Our baby is 6 months she first slept in crib but never stay in there long, co-slept with us on our bed and sleeps pretty well, but now transitioning to her own room and she either sleeps for 40-mins to 60 mins if were lucky 2-3 hours, we still rock her to sleep we find that very tiring. We tried sleep it out once but because our baby has a tendency to gag and vomit if she cries too hard... anyone have any suggestions????
6 months is still pretty little, just keep her in your bed with you. You'll all sleep better. Babies that young sleep best with their parents. That's how humans evolved. Better to go with that than to try to fight against it.
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I did cry it out with my son and by 6-7 months, he was on his own. It was hard and heartbreaking but he's a good sleeper now. Around 2yrs, they start to want to get out of bed, so I had to get him the Gro Clock. My daughter on the other hand... I gave up on cry it out. We would do it but then there would be a change and we would have to do it again, so she basically slept with me for 2 years.
But you know what, after I switch her from the crib to the toddler bed, it was like magic. When in her crib, she would start there at night and wake up in the middle of the night. Thats where I brought her to me. This was like 95% of the nights. Now for 4 months ever since switching to the toddler bed, she stays in there 95% of the time.
I kind of miss having her in the bed with me...was nice to cuddle with her. If you're both fine co-sleeping, just go for it. They grow up so fast.
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Both of our kids woke every 2-3 hours until 1, second one until 18 months.

Keeping in mind that most of the early success certain parents have is luck...

After the kids started solids and weren’t waking up because they were hungry, we started the cry it out method. It worked for us after about a week of pain (mainly on our end). Both kids are good sleepers now with well adjusted kind personalities.

Good luck , this phase will pass and you’ll sleep again.

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