We tried both Sat and Sun night to soothe him rubbing the back on his crib mattress to no avail, really can't even keep him down he just wants to stand up and scream and cry until he's held. Last night the worst wouldn't even lay in our bed on his own just tossed and turned and cried and then back to the recliner where he kind of settled down to sleep but again tossed and turned front to back all night on my husband. It just seems so strange he is so tired yet fights the sleep so much and he just wants to be held but can't get comfortable and cries. We even tried last night giving him a bottle of milk at 1 am to settle him down which we haven't done in almost a year which he guzzled down and seemed content for a few minutes and sleepy, but then started crying and tossing again. I just feel so bad that there is nothing that seems to be comforting him and I want to make sure he is getting a good night's sleep, and also starting to take a little toll on us now sleep wise....
I wondered about teething but because this has been almost 4 weeks now, wondered if that was too long to be considered a teething phase?
He started day care M,W,F back in April and seems to love it but could he be having separation anxiety and want us at night? Even so, if we are holding him or taking him in our bed, I would think he would then settle and sleep but he still seems to have trouble getting comfortable and sleeping soundly.
I was tempted to buy the corner cushions meant for end tables and put them along his crib rails and try to do more sleep training with him, let him do a little crying it out to go back to sleep, but not really sure if it will work, the crying and screaming just seems to be really bad this time, but then again maybe it's just me being worrying momma :-)
so teething really can last that long? i think i'll try to make sure lots of hugs and kisses from day care to bedtime and try the 5,10,15 minute intervals again the next few nights?
He could have a bunch of molars coming in right after one another. I do also suspect the change of putting him in daycare has rocked his world a bit. Yes some gentle sleep training and consistency will be key. Lots of hugs and giggles when you are together.
also do a calming routine before bedtime and make it the same every night. Milk, soothing bath, low lights, book in bed and sleepy time.
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