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When your LO wakes up at night how do you go about it? If they're just fussing do you go in before it turns into a cry? Or do you wait to see if they calm before running right in? What if they are full blown crying, do you run in right away or wait to see if they fall back asleep? Do you pick them up? Change them? Bottle? Tell me all about it
Summer has been waking up the past few nights a lot. And it seems no matter what method I choose she just wants to stay up.
I always wait a few seconds once I wake up to see if he just started himself or if he's really awake. If he starts really crying I get up, nurse him and then put him back to bed as soon as he's done even if he doesn't fall back asleep. I never rock him back to sleep in the middle of the night or early morning, I just put him down, shut the door and leave. Sometimes he fusses for a few seconds but will fall back asleep.
If he wakes up like 1-2 hours after going to bed he usually requires some soothing and rocking to get him back down, but that doesn't happen too much anymore.
I usually wait to see. Taryn has very distinctive cries, so I can tell when she's fussing and when she really just needs me. Usually though, when she does wake up, she'l cry for about 30 seconds and then pass back out.
I can tell his cries too...when its the "I'm hungry", "can't find my paci", or "something is wrong", I go in. Sometimes he'll just fuss or make noise and I let him do his thing until either he goes back to sleep or it escalates into the "something is wrong". Usually he's stuck sitting up or standing up and seems to have forgotten how to lay back down. One day I'll sleep again.
I wish I could decipher between the different cries but I can't. I usually give her some time to see if she goes back to sleep on her own. If she really starts crying loudly then I go in and change her diaper, give a paci and rock her. if I put her in bed and she cries again, I let her cry it out. Unless for some reason I felt she didnt have enough to eat that day, then I would give her a bottle. but I try to avoid night feeding as much as possible. I had to let her cry it out for a few days to fix the night feeding habit & the night wakings. It worked and things were great for a while, until now since we went out of town and left her with my MIL, i think she is confused and we need to get back on track.
When M is just fussing, I let her settle herself. She usually falls back to sleep within 3-5 minutes. If it's a horrific "something is wrong" cry (it's very distinct) we go right in. It's usually due to a stopped up nose or teeth, so we treat appropriately, then walk around the room with her for a few minutes and put her down in her crib and she falls asleep on her own.
We never rock back to sleep (no need since we did CIO) or offer a night time bottle.
Last edited by Pinkhighheels27; July 12th, 2013 at 09:01 AM.
When he muffles I try to wait it out till or if he falls back to sleep. But if he cries I do go in to see what's wrong.. I don't rush and storm in the door I just walk in so he doesn't see my frantic reaction... if he is standing up i do lay him back down and then give him his binky... (I know... I have to break that habbit of giving it to him) He goes down almost immediately when I do give it to him... So for my sanity it works...