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6 wo awake all day!

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helsybells Sun 04-Nov-12 19:53:59

I'm really struggling with my 6wo and sleep. She sleeps 2.5-3 hiurs at night which I can cope with but during the day she rarely sleeps other than the odd 20 mins here and there. As a result she is very fussy and overtired. Sometimes she only gets 10-12 He's sleep out of 24! It's making me very weepy and down as well as almost angry at times which worries mesad

She can sleep a bit in sling and car but I really feel I need some way of getting her to sleep in cot for my sanity and her health. She is often very overtired and it clearly just makes matters worse.

does anyone have any methods for getting baby to sleep in cot during the day??

helsybells Sun 04-Nov-12 19:56:46

P.s. she's sleeping 2.5-3 hour stretches at night not just 2-3 hrs total!!

mcyawny Sun 04-Nov-12 20:12:43

Have you tried white noise? I've got a 7 week old who was similar but perhaps not as bad as your dd until this last week - I downloaded a white noise app onto my phone put on 'extreme rain' it next to him and he fell straight to sleep. He also uses a dummy and feels more comfortable on his side although I do try to make him sleep on his back. We've ordered a white noise machine now as it's been successful most of the time as long as he isn't hungry or needing to poo (which he makes a big deal out of).
Have you considered that she might have reflux? Does she appear to be in pain?
We used infant gaviscon and changed to comfort milk (ff) for this.
Hope you can work something out.

helsybells Sun 04-Nov-12 20:35:41

Thanks McYawny. Pretty sure she does have reflux and have been using inf gav for a few weeks now, raising cot etc etc and she is generally much better on that front, just not sleeping from 7-7!!

Nevercan Sun 04-Nov-12 20:36:47

How about snoozing whilst out in a pram? Is it dark in room for naps?

helsybells Sun 04-Nov-12 20:37:06

Also tried white noise early on as froend lent us a slumber bear. It didn't seem to work but might try again!!

helsybells Sun 04-Nov-12 20:39:59

Hi nevercan. Pram and walks doesn't seem to work for her she stays awake and sometimes screams but we do have dark room for naps w blackout blinds.

blushingmare Sun 04-Nov-12 21:38:29

I don't really have any tips for helping LO to sleep in the cot during the day as my DD, now 21 weeks still won't. But just wanted to offer my sympathies as I know how hard it is when they don't sleep all day. I found it was best for my own sanity not to fight it and just carry her in the sling almost all the the time for the first ten weeks. She started having some good stretches of sleep in that (I have a stretchy wrap sling and would really recommend it if you don't have one as they're so snuggly and sleep-inducing!), then started relaxing a bit more in the pram and dropping off when out on walks. Now, just this week in fact, I am managing to actually put her down to sleep in the pram and not actually need to take her out in it - I cover it over with a big muslin and "shake" it vigorously whilst she grizzles and eventually drops off. This week she had a half hour sleep in the pram indoors every day and one two hour sleep in it [shocked] But as I say, that's taken til 21 weeks and it really has been baby steps all the way. I'm hopeful we're moving in the right direction though.....

omama Wed 07-Nov-12 22:20:22

op - how long is she awake before you try to settle her for a sleep? 6wks old is still so young, the longest she will likely manage to stay awake between sleeps before getting overtired is around 1-1h 15. So if she is awake for much longer than this then I would guess she is overtired & that is why she is difficult to settle. By putting her down earlier you may find she settles more easily & sleeps for a touch longer.

paperclips Thu 08-Nov-12 09:57:00

Don't have an answer but just want to tell OP , you're not alone, I could have written your post.

I have a 6 week old, he will fall asleep after a feed (feeds almost hourly in the day) but only in my arms with a breast as a pillow! I can't put him down, he wakes up straight away. The car works but while it gets him to sleep it doesn't free me up and I can't afford to take him out just so he'll sleep. I want him to nap long enough for me to have time to sleep a bit in the day. Or just eat, shower, do eBay, put washing on etc!

FirstTimeForEverything Thu 08-Nov-12 10:08:11

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

paperclips Thu 08-Nov-12 21:22:07

If you're so flipping tired would you not just go to sleep? Babies eh? sigh

DuckWaddle Fri 09-Nov-12 19:42:25

I have the same problem with my 6 wo. The sling works for a quick daytime nap and sometimes she'll fall asleep after a day feed. One thing that always works is dancing with her to music. But she seems to sense if you're not into the dancing as she promptly cries. Dd insists on the music being loud and lively! In the last few days I've made a huge effort to help her to get to sleep in the day as I read that some babies don't know how to get themselves to sleep. Like you our dd sleeps ok at night. Good luck and if you find the answer let me know.

Saltytomato Fri 09-Nov-12 19:53:09

My baby was terrible at that age and we found that colief helped a lot, and holding him upright after feeds for 20 mins to help him digest. He still only sleeps for 30 mins at a time and used to only sleep around 11 hours when he was a newborn too. We were keeping him up way too long , thinking that we should do the easy routine over 1.5 hours. We should have been putting him down after being awake for an hour....

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