QOur little boy walks and talks, but he can’t fall asleep on his own, even though he’s 11 months old and his bedtime ritual is calm and consistent.
Every night we change his cloth diaper, put him in his jammies and a thin cotton sleep sack, and then I snuggle up and read one or two short stories to him. After that we dim the lights, put on soft music and I rock my son until he takes his bottle. I’ve always done this, as my son had feeding issues for the first six months of his life. We saw many doctors because he wouldn’t nurse, and he seldom accepted the bottle unless he was drowsy or asleep. But we started giving him a low-lactose formula and he would be completely asleep by the time he had finished his bottle.
He began sleeping from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. at 7 months, but teething and a minor cold made him get very fussy a few weeks ago. One of us had to rock him back to sleep five times a night, and when he wouldn’t fall asleep we would lay down in the recliner with him so we could get some sleep ourselves.
Although my son’s cold left two weeks ago, his teeth still seem to hurt even with Tylenol and numbing gels. Why is he this fussy? Our son eats three meals a day and drinks four bottles of formula, so I don’t think he is hungry. We keep the house at 70 degrees, so I don’t think he’s cold, even though his pajamas are light and his diapers get wet in the night.
I’ve thought of giving him something to comfort him, but the only thing he really loves are our soft throw pillows. He dives into them face first, however, so they might not be safe.