I need some advice. Cohen used to be a good sleeper. Like really good sleeper. Sleep 12-13 hours through the night kind of good. Starting a few weeks ago when he had his cold, he stopped being a good sleeper and started waking up throughout the night. Some nights he still sleeps okay but sometimes he is up 5-6 times a night crying.
We've tried letting him cry (it just gets worse), we've tried going in and giving him a quick hug and laying him back down. We've tried rocking him (he goes to sleep, but still seems restless) and then we lay him back down and he screams again. He sleeps with a fan on and he has a little night light in his room.
Last night, out of desperation, I took him into our bed with me. And he went to sleep!!! I'm totally surprised because that is the last place I ever thought he would sleep. Bedtime is serious business for Cohen. He generally doesn't want to be rocked or snuggled, when it's bedtime, it's bedtime and he wants to be in his crib. On the rare occasion that he did wake up in the past, we could snuggle him real quick and easily put him back in bed. Now, even if we snuggle or rock him he keeps crying. It's like he's awake, but he's not awake. And he seems very restless.
Now, I don't want to support his bad sleeping habits if he's just being a turkey, but I also don't want to ignore him if he needs something. I don't know if he's having bad dreams or if it's something else. Helllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllp. I like sleep. Really like sleep. Like Cohen used to.Thoughts? Advice? Sympathy? :)
A Few Tired Parents