Get Baby Into
A Sleep Routine

Sleep is often interrupted by teething or illness, so how do you get your baby back on track? Ann Douglas, author of The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: The Ultimate Guide to Conception, Birth and Everything in Between, offers some tips!

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Your question:

My eight-month-old baby just cut his first two teeth and is having difficulty sleeping. His teeth are through and he's not sick other than having a bit of a night-time cough, but he still keeps getting up in the night and it takes an hour or two to settle him back to sleep. I am puzzled by this because he can normally settle himself to sleep at naptime and bedtime. We tried the Ferber method and we've tried letting him cry for up to 15 minutes at a time. I'm at my wits' end!

Ann answers:

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First of all, what you're dealing with is a very common (and very frustrating!) situation: baby gets sick, sleep patterns get disrupted, baby gets better, sleep patterns stay disrupted. It could be that your baby is looking for a bit of nighttime comfort, or he may simply be in the habit of waking up in the middle of the night since that became his pattern when his teeth were coming through.

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It may take a little time to get your baby's sleep patterns back on track, but if you minimize the amount of interaction at nighttime (i.e., don't play with your baby when he wakes in the night), he should soon decide that being up in the middle of the night is pretty boring, so he may as well just go back to sleep.

Until he gets back on track, however, you'll need to grab bits of sleep whenever you can in order to make up for the sleep that you're missing at night. A sleep-deprived parent is not generally a very happy parent! Good luck in dealing with this challenging situation.

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Comments on "Sleep, interrupted: How to help baby get back in a sleep routine"

Orland July 13, 2012 | 10:28 PM

Is the crib in the examination room and benasit? If not, Trying putting the crib in the room as the benasit. Could Also Be The size of the crib. Basinet's are cozy and small. Try putting some blankets around her, tied to the bedrails They Do not smother her know I know the crib Does not feel so big to her. Also, try padding the crib with an extra blanket. Could be the crib mattress May Be Harder Than The benasit.

Siddhant July 11, 2012 | 8:13 AM

Try a noise machine. They have ones That play all kinds of sonohitg sounds like waves or rain drops. It Might Also if you help put some pillows or stuffed animals around her know she Does not have so much room around her. It Might Be That she just has too much space and Is not comfortable with it just yet. Maybe the fact That she has more room to move in a crib Makes her uneasy since she That Is not what is used to. I hope my answer helps. Good Luck and God Bless!

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