Single mother of 2 wanting to help my baby sleep through the night
by Elizabeth W.
(Hempstead NY )
Question: My 5 month old will not sleep thru the night and I cannot spend 3-7 nights without sleep trying to get him to "CRY IT OUT" when i have to be awake ALL DAY LONG WITH A TODDLER!!! I dont have backup I dont have someone who can switch shifts with me and I need this monster to sleep!!! What can I do to get him to sleep without killing myself??
Heidi's Answer: Hi Elizabeth,
I am sorry to hear you are going through difficult times, I know it is tough.
I am not sure if by sleeping through the night you mean for your son to sleep 8 or 12 hours straight or if you are referring to him waking frequently or not being able to settle.
To start with, at 5 months old, many babies wake up at least 1 or 2 times per night, to feed or for reassurance. Many wake more than twice, and some do sleep through, which is then typically a 6-8 hour stretch.