This May Hold the Answer to My Son's "Sleep Strike"

I came across this article last night in a desperate attempt to find answers and a solution as to why my son no longer sleeps. This article (below) made a lot of since. I put my son in bed while he was awake. Albeit, I had to stand at his crib and let him fuss a little until he fell asleep, but he slept almost four hours last night (longer than he has been). He woke up, I gave him some Tylonel and then a bottle. He has been teething as well. He slept another 5.5 hours after that. This may take a few nights, but I have tried just about everything one can think of and has done. I am one very tired Mommy, and he is one very cranky baby.

I also believe my son is going through separation anxiety, since I cannot be out of his site, has to either be in my lap, hold my hand, or be directly next to me when playing.

There are three parts to this.

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Melissa MiddletonPennington Gap, Virginia
    12/09/14
    The links won't work. Sounds like you found something that will work! Yay!
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    Melissa Middleton
    I wonder why the links won't work. Let me see. They are working fine here. I am sorry about that.
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    It's ok. :) Gracie does pretty good, it's the other two goons who won't stay in their own beds. lol
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    Melissa Middleton
    My daughter makes a million excuses at bedtime. It drives me crazy.
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    My four and two year olds will rarely fall asleep without me cuddling and are usually in our bed by midnight.
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    Melissa Middleton
    I hope my son does not need the same. I do not mind cuddling, but that would be difficult.
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    12/09/14
    It is difficult. When Eva was a few months old my husband switched shifts. That was when we started co sleeping.. He went from working nights to working days. They slept in their own beds before then... We started going to bed with daddy and the only way they would settle was to get in bed with daddy. When I was pregnant with the baby I tried to stop it, but the most I could accomplish was them starting the night in their own beds.
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      I stumbled upon this trick when Tristen was about 7 months old. So it took a little longer for him to get used to it. Before that I was rocking him to sleep, it felt like I spent my whole life just rocking him. I slowly got to the point where now when he would take naps, we would change his diaper then just put him in his crib. At night time I hold him for about five minutes, say his prayers, then he's off to bed wide awake. It really does make a huge difference for us. Most nights he wakes up a few times and I can hear him humming himself back to sleep or playing for a while before he falls asleep again. Also, he's been in his crib since day one home from the hospital. So he knows that that is his place to sleep and he's always been comfortable there. We never had to go through transitioning him or him thinking there were other places he could sleep. I've never been a fan of cosleeping, although I know for some people it works and sometimes you do what you can to get your kids to sleep. Lol
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      Melissa Middleton
      Yep, that is what I resorted to, especially when he began teething. It was a nightmare and we were getting zero sleep, and hour if we were lucky. So, I we started co-sleeping. And now, he won't even co-sleep. It's like he doesn't want to sleep at all. I hate to fight with him for an hour to take a nap this morning, and he truly needed it. His eyes were red and puffy and he was doing his sleepy cry. Crying it out was not even helping this morning. I don't do it, but I had so much I had to get done this morning, and I have much more to do. I hate the CIO method but this is about the last resort for us. It's not so much we need the sleep, it is the fact he does because he is not getting the required amount for someone his age.
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      We had to let Tristen cry it out when we first taught him how to go to bed without being asleep. It took about a week of crying for him to get it. Now he is good, sometimes he reverts back but we just keep following the same routine. I am like you and I HATE the crying it out method but he was older and had learned that crying meant that Mommy was going to come get him. There was never anything wrong with him. I hated to do it but realized that with my kid it was the only way that we were going to get any sleep. With this next one I am planning on laying her down before she's asleep from the start and hopefully we will avoid the need for her crying it out at all.
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      Melissa Middleton
      Yeah, that's what I plan to do when we have another. I learned from my mistake. Lol
      You're having a girl? Awe.
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      Yup it's a girl this time...and then we are good...no more babies here! lol
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      Melissa Middleton
      Awe, congrats! I want about five. Lol
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        Melissa Middleton
        I do, too. So far, he only fussed for about two minutes this time when he went down for his second nap. I am hoping he gets through this because all three of us are exhausted. Lol
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        About Melissa Middleton
        Current: Pennington Gap, Virginia
        Birth: April 13
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        Mother of an active son, a precious baby girl, & a diva step-daughter (who lives with us). I am an artist, baker, organic gardener, frugal liver, & a Christian--happily married to my best-friend. Blogger at www.chasingwildhorses.com