I Need Some Sleep Amp Some Help

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Nerdy_Girl_10242006 - March 27

First off she is a horrible sleeper. She wakes up EVERY single hour. I am so tired. I am due September 15th with my next baby...and I need to sleep. She goes to bed about 9:00pm and then wakes up at 11:00pm, then 12:00am, then 1:00am 2, 3, 4, and is up up at 5:30am. She will typically go back to sleep at 7:00-7:30am and will sleep til 8:00, never longer then an hour. It takes me a while to actually fall back to sleep, so by the time I am out she is back up again. She has 2 teeth and got them on the 11th and the 19th. So I'm hoping its not another one coming. She has been like this since about 2 weeks before that. She started rice cereal about 6 months old. She has only had veggies since then, no big people food, finger foods just baby veggies. I haven't started fruit yet. I am waiting til I get all her gerber baby fruit containers done so I can start making her own. I like to start slow because she has a sensitive stomach, so I'm moving slow. She eats once a day. I will probably start moving it up more just because she has been eating about a month so I will do it 2 times a day. But once she started it is when she started acting crazy at night. She eats AT LEAST 24oz at night. Up every hour to eat. People say its a growth spurt but when will it end. I have no energy to do anything and I am to tired to cook, clean. A simple 20 minute thing takes me like 3 hours and thats no joke. Its not her stomach, if it was her stomach she would be screaming. I figured teething was over for a bit. But is she not getting enough during the day? Is it just a growth spurt that can last almost 2 months? I have taken her a bath before bed (usually sleeps 2 hours after a bath) but that did nothing. She also don't take naps longer then 30 minutes anymore. She slept at least 2 hours at 1, but not no more. She just don't sleep. I hear people say they had kids start sleeping through the night at 3 months and they couldn't take the 3 previous months and it just bugs me. I would kill for that. I haven't slept through the night since the day she was born. She just gets worse and worse as the days go on. I can't do ANYTHING. I am so miserable. Being 15w 3d pregnant is so HARD with a 7 month old

 

clindholm - March 27

She should sleep through the night by 7 months. Try feeding her the cereal or fruits/veggies at the 9pm feeding, it takes longer for them to digest solids. I know where you're coming from, my dd was only 4lbs when born and a cat-napper (15 minute naps and feeding every 1 1/2 - 2 hours). Is she on formula or bf? If formula, what kind?

 

Nerdy_Girl_10242006 - March 27

I tried the solid before bed last night and it made no difference for tonight. She is on formula and its Enfamil Lipil. It took us like 3-4 formula changes to find one she could actually handle. We did Nestle Good Start, Parents Choice...Similac was the first then Similac Soy and her stomach worked best with Enfamil, she ate it no problem...and didn't cry nearly as much and was fine, she didn't need to be rocked. She was colic and that was the one that did the trick.

 

ginger6363 - March 27

hey nerdy, my dd was a terrible sleeper and was up every 1-2 hours until about 4-5 months. Now she can sleep from 9 pm to about 6 am, so long as she's cluster fed right before bed (if she eats every hour at 6pm, 7 pm and 8 pm she can sleep all night). She has reflux and a very sensitive stomach and I notice that when I give her foods that aggravate her tummy she is up all night---sometimes crying sometime not, but just awake---fidgeting, sometimes with audible gas, sometimes not. When I cut out some of the aggrevating foods (bananas, green veggies, etc) she is totally fine and sleeps throught the night. I wonder if your baby's sensitive tummy (like my dd's) is to blame?

 

first-timer - March 27

I know that you want to go slow with the food, but IMO I think that if she is eating that much at night, she needs more food during the day. Add a second/third feeding of solids. My just turned 6 month old has cereal two times a day and I will add a third feeding soon. Try that, it helped his sleeping during the night.

 

melissap - March 27

Is she sleeping with you or in the crib?? If with you are you thinking of putting her in a crib before your next lo comes along?? My oldest ds coslept and he didn't sleep through the night until 23 months and when we put him in his bed. I was 9 months preggo so I didn't sleep for almost 3.5 years. I would try starting her in her crib now as it can take awhile to get used to. I never let my kids cio on their own. I stayed in the room the whole time but I moved farther away. I always talked to them and tried to rea__sure them. It sounds hard and it was but I knew I could not sleep with 2 kids in my bed. Maybe start with nap time during the day. This time I just put ds in the crib or carseat from the begining and I have to say he is mostly sleeping through the night. I think he likes the routine and he knows nothing else. I feel for you. I know having kids close together is alot of work and the second pregnancy is sooo much harder because there is not so much rest. I really hope you can get her settled so you can get some sleep before it happens again. Maybe trying the feeding of cereal later could help as well.I don't know if this will help but if you are going to the crib then it is worth a shot. Don't give up as it could take a little while.

 

ginger6363 - March 27

btw, my dd had colic and reflux and she too is on enfamil lipil---the sensitive enfamil actually made things worse for her. I don't know about your dd, but my dd is actually worse with the night waking when she knows I will come and pick her up. I wasn't a big advocate of cry-it-out b/c of dd's issues, but sometimes that's what I have found works---of course, it only worked at 5.5 months for my dd...before that she was too young and she'd just scream and scream...now she'll cry for a few minutes and go to sleep. If it's a painful cry (I can usually tell) I do not do the cry-it-out. Since 5.5 months, with a little cry-it-out, she's finally sleeping....although now we are dealing with teethhing and her sleep is a more disrupted...sigh* it's always something.

 

Nerdy_Girl_10242006 - March 27

It could be her stomach, typically if it hurts she cries...she isn't good with stomach pain. Maybe she is just tolerating them a bit more. We did start wrapping her again at nights and that helps. She falls asleep, but is back up within an hour. I am definately going to chart her feedings and what keeps her up, but no matter what I give her she is up. FIRST-TIMER- She was on 2 times a day (3 some days) but she refuses the morning feeding and if I give her some at lunch she refuses dinner. She only takes it once a day. Its like she is to lazy to eat more then once. Or she takes 3-4 bites and just wants her bottle. She was eating at least 16oz at night when she was born. Its just going up now I'm a__suming since her formula intake goes up. I made 2 oz bottles at first and it was ok, then as she started 4 oz during the day I needed to make 4oz at night, all the way up to 6oz which she does now. So her intake goes up as she grows, but she won't eat it in one setting which I won't make her. She throws up easily so no point in encouraging that. But still don't explain her not napping during the day. it is 1:30pm here and she hasn't taken a nap since her 7:00-8:00 this morning. She is tired. Believe me she is extremely tired but she refuses to sleep. She squeks to keep herself up

 

Nerdy_Girl_10242006 - March 27

We are putting her in her crib tonight, DH is moving it into our room because I don't want her in her room just yet. DH is making me do the cry it out. He says he is tired of seeing me drag all day and not have energy to do anything. He wants to go to movies and I typically fall asleep there so I don't enjoy them. (My mom took her the last 2 Sundays. But we are doing the transition now because if we keep up having her with us it won't ever happen. So since she is 7 months today it is happening for sure for sure today. But I know her painful cry and her I want mom cry, which she does in her crib

 

Nerdy_Girl_10242006 - March 27

I don't burp her at night, should I?

 

clindholm - March 27

Alimentum is really the best formula for colic, very expensive though

 

Nerdy_Girl_10242006 - March 27

I have never even heard of it

 

ginger6363 - March 27

I think Alimentum is by prescription only. Nerdy, your dd seems to have a lot of the issues my dd had with the reflux...and still occastionally has when she has a "bad" night. I've learned that just b/c my dd is not screaming or throwing up doesn't mean that her reflux isn't acting up...(a lot of times she has cramps and gas from the reflux)

 

Nerdy_Girl_10242006 - March 27

Yeah, she was on this thing where she pooped CONSTANTLY...she hasn't done that the past few days. But it is hard at first then comes out runny and gets everywhere. It stopped I believe 3 days ago. But lasted since 2 weeks before her 6 week check up. That could hae so much to do with it. So maybe it is just her stomach. My poor baby, I don't know what to do to help her and I hate feeling this way but I am exhausted.

 

pregnantjackie - March 27

Three things...try a swaddle me, try feeding 3x a day, and try orajel before bedtime. All lifesavers for me and mine sleeps 12 hrs a night now.

 

tish212 - March 27

I had a similar problem with my dd when she was younger...she grunted all night, and would be up every 30 mins or so to eat... it took a hour to get her to fall asleep...and here's what we found... she was still hungry. we started doing cereal and fruits at night and bm during the day. it seems she wasn't getting enough bm at night to fill her up so I bought an infant feeder from walmart about 5 dollars...u put the baby food in it and the child sucks down the food (its madeby nubby) the nipple looks like a nubby top... ad has two holes in it. since we started using that she sleeps till 4am and goes down at between 10 and 11... then at 4 she has bm and sleeps till 7. bm again then down till 9. then she starts her day. so to sum it up by giving her more food right before bed she began sleeping all night. I give her he infant feeder in bed and she eats maybe 3 infant feeders full and then falls asleep with her bippy (paci) try feeding her what she enjoys eating right before bed...when she stops eating wait 10 mins or so and try feeding her some more...gl

 

docbytch - March 28

Hey Nerdy. I'm sorry to hear what you are going through. Just an FYI....Alimentum is a formula made by similac that is for babies that have certain protein allergies. I have seen them in regular stores on the shelves so a prescription shouldn't be required. If your girl is not sleeping...doing the swaddling like you are doing is a good idea. I would also try white noise....whether via a white noise machine (made by HomeMedics) or some other source. Burp her well before bedtime. Possibly give her some cereal via a cereal nurser before bedtiime. I don't know where you live and if it's hot or cold...but try coveriing her crib with a blankey to keep it dark and give her a sense of privacy. Keep a binky on hand if she sucks for comfort at bedtime. I feed my boy RIGHT before bedtime every night. The full stomach feeling helps him sleep better. He sleeps with white noise also and has since he was 3 weeks old. If you don't have a set bedtime routine...do your best to come up with one and stick to it. It helps.

 

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