Well I Thought I Had It Made

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Dani aka Kamries mommy - February 28

Up untill about a week ago my 6 month old daughter was doing so good with sleeping. I would feed her some baby food, give her a bath then by 8:00 we were laying in bed together. She would nurse and fall asleep. Well, now when we go to lay down I can tell she is just soooo tired but she just fights going to sleep. Then she wakes about every hour all night long. Has anyone else experienced this problem? Any advice would help.

 

Corissa - February 28

My daughter did this for awhile and the only thing that really helped was putting her to bed earlier. Willow always went to bed at 8:00 until this started so we moved her bedtime up to 7:00. She then went to bed at 7:00 (peacefully) and would sleep very well until 4 am when it was time to eat. If we did get her to bed even a half hour late she would be up every hour on the hour screaming. Now, after a month of the 7:00 she is starting to let us know she is ready to start going to bed at 8:00. You just have to learn how to read her signals. When she starts rubbing her eyes or getting crabby then you know it is getting close to bedtime. You can't always stick to a schedule. Let her help tell you what she needs. Maybe she is going through a growth spurt and just needs rest.

 

Nerdy Girl - February 28

Corissa's whole theory about putting her to bed earlier to make her sleep longer might sound odd, but it is totally true and is actually the basis for a really good sleep book called "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child". It's by Dr. Marc Weisbluth and has been our sleep bible since our first baby 3 years ago. We still refer to it when something changes with our kids' habits.

 

Jbear - March 1

Maybe she's teething. That can cause sleeping patterns to change until the tooth comes in. It's usually worst with the first tooth.

 

Ca__sieSong - March 1

I would also suggest Dr. Weisbluth's book. Try putting your dd to bed one hour earlier.. even if she's already going to bed early. The theory goes that even if you put her to bed earlier, she will not wake up any earlier in the morning than she already does. She just might need more sleep. Try it a week and see how ti works.

 

Erin1979 - March 1

My daughter is 6 months as well. I find she wakes up more when she is teething, but also when she is going through a growth spurt (like now!). She'll wake up at about 2:30am, and then every hour after that. I also notice when she learns a new skill (such as sitting up like she did last week) she wakes up more often.

 

C - March 5

Maybe try putting her down in a crib. I know when I try to lay down with my son he just wants to play. Even if he's tired he wants to play and just gets to be crabby baby. If I put him in his crib, he may cry for 5 minutes but he's out. Once in awhile I'll hear him cry at night but he usually puts himself back to sleep. Especially when he has a cold his sleep schedule seems to get a bit wacky.

 

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