Don T Know What Else To Try Desperately Need Your Help

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shanb - November 10

My lo is almost 8 months old but her corrected age is only 6.5 months since she was 6 weeks earlier. Her sleep pattern is crazy and I am at the end of my rope. She often goes to bed between 6:30 and 7:30 pm. We do the same routine every night. She usually goes to bed with no fuss but then wakes up an hour later and won't go back to bed until after 11 pm. I tried cio and didn't work. I tried pick up put down but didn't work. I have tried music, massage, skipping naps, later bedtimes, earlier bedtimes etc. From 4 months to 5 months she went down no problem and then one night just changed and not sure why. I am wondering if anyone else has the problem and what I can do about it. I can't take it anymore as I am exhausted. She still gets up at least 2 times a night as well.

 

DB - November 10

What worked for US was/is a very early bedtime (6pm), and 2-3 naps of at least 1.5 hours each, except the 3rd which is usually a cat nap (I find the better rested she is during the day, the better she sleeps at night)...and CIO. With CIO you have to be pretty consistent. I'm a fan of "healthy sleep habits, happy child". I don't agree with everything in the book ,but most of it makes complete sense to me. You have to find what works for you guys, and unfortunately that isn't always easy :( Good luck.

 

DB - November 10

Oh and I meant to add, my dd is 9 months now and STILL has bad weeks where she's up 2-3 times per night, but usually gets back to her good habits. It's so hard!!!

 

sashasmama - November 10

They go through many stages...my daughter did the same thing, it's a phase and will pa__s, since you have already tried everything you could think of, the only thing to do is to wait it out, and before it's over you'll forget it was happening. There are a lot of things that affect their sleep pattern, like introduction to new foods, growth spurts, teething, allergies, and when they reach a major milestone. Does your daughter have any allergies? Those make the sleeping impossible at times.

 

moescrilla - November 10

is your lo bottle fed or b___stfed? have you tried possibly to let her go to bed a litle later? Maybe like 8pm? My son went to bed every night at 8 pm from probably about 2 months or so on (till about a year and a few months old, then it was about 9) and he slept for 12 hours. When I got pregnant with Leyton he wanted to sleep with us, so he'd go to bed when we did, but now we finaly got him back in his own bed so its back to 9 pm. (He's 2 now) Leyton usually goes to bed around 9 pm (he's almost 11 weeks old) and sleeps 11 hours straight. He's bottle fed and has cereal in it (b/c of reflux) and he's been sleeping through the night with few exception since about 8 weeks. He ususally cat naps off an on all day, but if I lay him down for a nap he'll sleep for about 3 to 4 hours in the middle of the day.

 

moescrilla - November 10

also - I may be totally wasting my time with this but at least it helps with there skin and smells good - I use that betime lotion thats "clinically tested to help babys sleep better" I used it on my oldest son as well. It smells really good and they also make it in a soap. Its worth a try. I use huggies shea b___ter bath wash for my boys because their skin is so sensitive - otherwise I probably would use that bedtime wash. I guess I'm just one of the lucky ones - I thought all babies started sleeping through the night around 2 months - thats what everyone told me anyway. It wasnt as bad the 2nd time around, but I remember with my first son, I was at the end of my rope. I had bad post partum depression and lack of sleep played a big part in it. I was smart this time around and got on anti-depressants instantly after having the baby and have had no problems and the night time thing wasnt a problem. Last time I had help with my husband, but this time I did it myself because my husband is such a heavy sleeper, that if I wake him up to feed the baby, he'd fall back asleep while feeding the baby and who knows what would happen. The first time he would get up and go watch tv while feeding him. Its weird though how it was easier when I didnt have help then when I did. I know what your going though, but I couldnt even imagine having to go through it for 8 months!

 

shanb - November 10

I forget to mention that my daughter can self soothe. However, it seems at night time she is so wound up that she can't unwind enough to go back to sleep. She is b___st fed but gets a bottle before bed. She does have an allergy to dairy but I have been off dairy so it shouldn't be bothering her. As for her night time feeds, I have them down to five minutes and am going for four minutes tonight. I also tried a later bedtime and it worked for a week then she was back to her old habits. Today I kept her up longer in between naps so we will see if this helps. We also got her lots of fresh air today. Thanks for everyone's suggestions.

 

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