Good afternoon, I would like to assist you today.
As the mother of twin 1 1/2 year old girls, I understand your situation, double-time.
JACUSTOMER-9s5sj5r6- : This just started happening. He was never a great sleeper but generally has been waking up for one feed and then going back to sleep for the rest of the night. Now, he wakes up screaming after being down only 2-4 hrs and is wide awake. He transitioned on his own to two naps about three weeks ago and now I wonder if this has created nightime havock
That could be possible, how many naps was he taking before then?
JACUSTOMER-9s5sj5r6- : He is about to start crawling but hasn't yet. Nothing gets him back to sleep but I don't want to start any bad habits anyways
JACUSTOMER-9s5sj5r6- : He took three and they were always less then one hr
JACUSTOMER-9s5sj5r6- : Now he takes naps longer then one hr
Ans about what time does he eat, and lay down to bed for the night?
I'm sorry, I meant and
JACUSTOMER-9s5sj5r6- : He goes to bed between 6:45 and 7:30 depending on awake time and usually gets up for a feed between 2-4 am but that always varies
JACUSTOMER-9s5sj5r6- : I have only had a couple hours sleep total in the past two nights
So, he sleeps at about 7 pm, and wakes up for the first time around 3 am, roughly?
JACUSTOMER-9s5sj5r6- : He has only slept all night once and he also has recently been getting up really early (before 6:00 am)
JACUSTOMER-9s5sj5r6- : Yes roughly
JACUSTOMER-9s5sj5r6- : But now he wakes up before midnight, can't sleep unless we hold him, don't want to do that all night
JACUSTOMER-9s5sj5r6- : Try resettling him, seems content, put him in crib, starts screaming
Him sleeping from 7 pm until 3 am is already 8 hours; that's about as long as you can expect any infant his age to sleep at one time in the first place. Babies his age have small stomachs, especially if they are breastfed, they will wake earlier than that; my daughters, still breastfed, wake at least after 5 hours for a feeding; however the real problem here sounds like you getting him back to sleep.
JACUSTOMER-9s5sj5r6- : His transitions have become very loud and agitated too
I would try laying him down later than 7pm if possible; see if that helps. Is he bottle, or breastfed?
JACUSTOMER-9s5sj5r6- : Yes and he wakes up way before his usual feeding so I know he's not hungry. Plus he's way more upset when he wakes up
JACUSTOMER-9s5sj5r6- : We've tried later bedtime, makes no difference and he's breastfed
JACUSTOMER-9s5sj5r6- : Usually second nap is done by 3 actually
JACUSTOMER-9s5sj5r6- : His second nap usually ends by 3:30 so I try to not have more than 3-3.5 hrs of awake time before bed
Breastfed babies very rarely sleep 8 hours or more at one time, that's almost amazing to me.
You have a great sleeper, overall
His naps are about an hour or two long?
JACUSTOMER-9s5sj5r6- : He always through some crappy nights in there too (fairly often) but in a pinch I could always feed him and he'd go back to sleep
JACUSTOMER-9s5sj5r6- : His naps are 80-120 min long each
Ok, so to clarify, he's now sleeping about 4 hours during the day, goes to bed at 7 pm, and wakes before 12; and then he doesn't get back to sleep, or when does he?
JACUSTOMER-9s5sj5r6- : It's been almost two weeks of this crap though, and I can't figure out if transitioning to two naps has made this happen, or maybe he's going through something developmental like starting to learn how to crawl or just starting to become a really bad sleeper
JACUSTOMER-9s5sj5r6- : He sleeps about 3-3.5 hrs during the day mostly (it's rar to go 4), wakes screaming before midnight and will only then sleep fitfully in our bed.
JACUSTOMER-9s5sj5r6- : But even then he still screams when coming into our bed
Well he's growing. These kinds of changes are very common throughout infancy. To be sure, it wouldn't be a bad idea to bring your son's sleep problems up to his pediatrician at his next visit; that will help rule out any health issues that may be the cause of this change.
Try waking him up before he wakes up screaming if possible. Give him his feeding, be sure he's dry and burped, and see if he can be laid back in his crib then.
Also, be sure that when he does wake in the middle of the night, or when you wake him, you keep him in a dim lit area, keep sounds low and voices down; too much noise or light could disturb his sleep. Soft music in the background has played in my girl's room since they were newborns. It helps to drown out any other household sounds wile they rest.
JACUSTOMER-9s5sj5r6- : Hello?
Yes, can you see my writing?
JACUSTOMER-9s5sj5r6- : My screen is not showing the conversation anymore
I will switch to the Q&A" format, and see if that helps.