May 30, 2006

Somebody help me!

HELP! My DS (born 12/17/05) was sleeping THRU THE NIGHT until 3 weeks
ago when a certain someone brought over her damn kids and they had
colds. Well, shockingly, the baby caught their cold. So throughout
his cold, he had to get up twice a night just to take cold medicine
and go right back to sleep. This was fine, as it was like getting up
for 5 minutes twice a night. No problem.

Well. Now he's all better, but he's getting up FOUR TIMES a night.
The first time, just to be rocked. Once to eat (about 1 a.m.).
Another time to be rocked. Then AGAIN to eat (Like at 3:30 a.m.).
And with each of these wake-ups. he is screaming hysterically, like
someone is cutting off his arms w/a dull knife. We do try to see if
he'll go back down w/just rocking instead of a bottle, but he tries to
fling himself out of our arms with back-arching if he's wanting a
bottle instead of being rocked. And continues screaming until his
bottle is ready.

So - crying it out isn't a solution for us, not w/the hystericall-ness
he's displaying.

Anyone have suggestions, please??!!! I have to getup for work
everymorning at 4:20 a.m. and it's killing hubby and I (I take the 11
p.m. - 2 a.m. shift and he takes from 2 a.m. on)...


enjanerd said...

Disclaimer: I know nothing about babies and have never even baby-sat one.

I read an article a year or so ago (possibly in ny times, but I can't remember now) suggesting wrapping a fussy baby snugly in a blanket and rocking him gently upside-down to simulate being in the womb. No idea if this works, but figure it's worth a try.

I'll see if I can find that article though.

enjanerd said...

Found it:

I only remembered the end and had forgotten that the article was addressing colicky babies.

While I was searching though, I found this:

Suggests that more daytime sun exposure helps babies establish circadian rhythms, allowing them to sleep soundly through the night. Maybe that will help him get back on track.

Good luck! :) -j.