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Help! 9 month old wont fall asleep at night! HayJamie25 1 child; Iowa 2 posts
12th Jun '13

I need some tips and advice on how to get my 9 month old to fall asleep at night! We used to have no problems falling asleep, we have the same nightly routine that still has not changed. I have always held and rocked him to sleep and it had never been an issue. This past week as soon as he realizes its time for bed he starts throwing a fit...yelling, crying, climbing up me, kicking...the works. I've tried to ride it out, won't work. I have tried to let him cry it out in his crib but he stands right up and then sits down and just cries. I could only take about 30 min of standing up and sitting down crying before I picked him up. The only way I have found to get him to fall asleep is to buckle him in his car seat and rock him for about 20 minutes and then moving him to his crib. Going to bed is at least an hour long process. Any tips on getting him to fall asleep easier? Any advice is appreciated!

Lilia's Mama (TTC#2) TTC since Aug 2013; 1 child; Florida 3592 posts
12th Jun '13
Quoting HayJamie25:" I need some tips and advice on how to get my 9 month old to fall asleep at night! We used to have no ... [snip!] ... crib. Going to bed is at least an hour long process. Any tips on getting him to fall asleep easier? Any advice is appreciated!"


My LO went thru this phase. Unforunately, it took time and patience. I basically let her cry it out for 15 mins... if she was still crying, i'd go in her room ( i wouldn't pick her up or take her out of the crib) but assure her she's okay. Then kiss her and shut the door again. I would keep doing this in 15 min intervals till she fell asleep. It took a week or so. She sleeps great now. Self soothes and if she wakes up, she puts herself right back to sleep. My pedi actually gave me the advice and i thank God for it cause we dont have nightly interruptions and we havent since she was about 14 months when we started this process. She's now almost 4 and knows bed time is bed time and thats that.

mama2manyyy 33 kids; South Carolina 1823 posts
12th Jun '13

My son is almost 9 months and doing the same thing. He has become so busy lately with crawling and walking that he just doesn't have time to sleep anymore it appears. A lot of nights I end up putting him in bed with us till he falls asleep and then move him to his crib but I am trying not to do that so much, its a bad habit to start. I am trying to just deal with it and let him play himself to sleep, I don't believe in letting him cio and he wont let me craddle or snuggle him to sleep.

Shelby Chappell Due November 29 (girl); 1 child; Alberta 1575 posts
12th Jun '13

DS is going through this phase as well. I used to not want him to cry it out in his crib at all, I was against it but I got so frustrated that I had to put him in his crib and walk away and calm myself before going back in. For me I would put him in his crib for 3-5 minutes and once I was calm enough to get him I would go back in and actually pick him up and sit in our rocking chair and try and rock him to sleep. If after 10 minutes he didn't go down I would put him in his crib and tried again. I can tell when I put him in his crib from his noises if he is going to fall asleep right away or nope not going to happen. Luckily he is getting out of this phase and falls asleep usually with his last bottle of the day.