Sleeping Help

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red87 - December 28

Okay ladies, I seem to be having quite a few questions lately but anyhoo... I'm having issues with my 5 month old daughter sleeping...Ever since she was born I have swaddled her at night - well, she grew out of the regular sixed recieving blankets and I was lucky enough to find bigger ones and she has never had an issue. When I lay her down for bed I usually nurse her to sleep (now thinking that is not a good idea but that's what she is used to now) and she is fine until around 4 am when I feed her and then back to bed until 7 (she usually wakes one more time between 4 and 7). But lately she has been fighting the swaddle once I get her situated and nursing her - I don't think she wants to be swaddled anymore but then when I don't swaddle her she doesn't sleep very well (waking about every 2 hours!) sooo...Should I keep her unswaddled altoghether and suck it up? Or should I maybe swaddle her when she wakes during the night? Which is kind of what I've been doing...swaddling her when she wakes up because then she is half asleep and does't fight it.... She is way harder to get to sleep unswaddled. I kind of want her to stop being swaddled anyway. So I guess what I'm asking is, are there anything I could try to make this a bit easier? Keep in mind I let her sleep in my bed aswell. She has always slept with me. I didn't realize I was forming all these habits but I'm also having trouble with her naps...I have been holding her during her naps - not thinking it was a bug deal until I try to put her down! LOL, she HATES her crib for naps but I'm working on that. I just need help with the night time thing...

 

red87 - December 28

Also people keep telling me to let her cry it out but I just can't seem to do it, I've tried twice and both times only lasted 5-10 mins MAX! I get all scared because I've read stuff on the internet saying how bad it is for them as babies to be left crying. I would LOVE to be able to just feed her at bedtime, lay her down, give her her pacifier and walk out but lately I have had to just go to sleep with her!!

 

mjvdec01 - December 29

I posted for you and it disappeared! I have some great suggestions, but not the time or energy to post them again. If you want you can email me your number and I can just tell you. We have two children, 3 and 5.5 months. Both were sleeping through the night by 8 weeks. Anyway, if you like... amandavenable at msn dot com

 

bellybubble - December 29

Hey red87 - I cant really give you much advice however in regards to the swaddling thing - my little bubba girl was swaddled too and then started to kick herself out of it at night which i took as a sign that she didnt want to be swaddled anymore - but like your bub she wouldnt go to sleep without it. Soooo what we did was started swaddling her under her arms - it was a rough week but she got used to it and now we just swaddle her from the waist down. She also will unwrap herself at night in that but because she isnt totally swaddled anyway she doesnt seem to wake up. Anyway dont know if that is any help. We play some really nice cla__sical baby lullabies at night too. We still have to rock her to sleep in the rocking chair though she doesnt go to sleep herself very often but is getting better at sleeping through the night so she must be learning to put herself back to sleep sometimes. I also couldnt do the cry it out method - but only cause I am too scared like you hee hee - but more power to people who can do it and it works to them - each to there own - good luck and let us know how you go!

 

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