It's getting worse not better!(11 Posts)
As I type this I've turned the baby monitor off and can here my nearly 6 month old in the room next door crying. She has been awake for 2 hours now and is now tired and teasy (as an I!) and she won't go to sleep. She has been cooing in her cot, rolling over (mastered in last week but not mastered rolling back so j have to go in and turn her over) she is laughing when I say to her it's sleep time!
I really don't know what to do, this is happening more nights than not (she will usually settle after an hour though) but I know now that when she does go to sleep she will be awake in no time for a feed as she has been awake so long (still waking every 3 hours if I'm lucky otherwise more often!) anyway I'm rambling and just wanted to let off some steam as feeling I'm the only one with a child that does this and fed up with explaining to people that she doesn't sleep well - first question ur always asked isn't it and then I'm told I spoil her
With my first I put him into a travel cot I a sleeping bag with no sheet when he dis the rolling thing. Its too slippy for them too roll over and after a few weeks he had stopped trying to do it at night so went back in his normal cot.
Is yours actually hungry every three hours. Are they gaining weight well?
With dc2 I realised she eating too often in the day (3 hourly) and then was just kind of set to eat 3hourly through the night too as a habit. We've dropped the day routine and just prep a bottle when she looks hungry and encouraged slightly bigger more spaced out feeds in the day and the night feeds also dropped to 7pm, 1am, 5am. I think the 1am feed went around 4.5 months.
I know what it's like feeling your baby is the only one not sleeping but it's not true, you need to stop blaming yourself for your baby waking up.
Take a look at the ISIS sleep website and read what Sarah ockwell smith has to say, both should reassure you that your baby is not abnormal for waking at this age.
Have you tried a White Noise app? It can help with settling back to sleep. Or a comforter in the cot that smells of you? The rolling thing is temporary, I've found DS will sleep for hours if he's on his front but he's only just become able to stay there without whining for me to turn him over. He's six months.
It's a funny age where so much is happening developmentally they are bound to have disturbed sleep and want comfort in the night. Have faith it will pass
Morning! Little monkey fell asleep at 4 and back awake at 6.30! Lol ooh I like the travel cot idea - worth ago!
She is breastfed and up until recently was feeding every 2 hours - she is more of a snacker and doesn't usually feed for more than 5 or 10 mins - less in the day if there are distractions! She weighs 17.8lb so gaining wait no problem!!
Thank you I will have a look at that website - I do have my tshirt in her cot with her and she has a mobile that kicks in when she really cries - white noise is a good idea. When on her front she won't put head down do is just looking around and playing with her hands!!! Thank you both, I sound like a right moany unhappy mummy I do love her to bits really! X
I feel your pain, my 6 month old was awake for 2 hours in the middle of the night plus woke up at 10.30 pm and then 5.30 and now 6.30 and wanted to be fed each time. When I try not to just feed her immediately she screams s and screams! So you're not the only one. itd hard, I'm back to work soon as well. Agh!
Hi laceylee - hope ur having a better night my lg has finally fallen asleep on me after being awake for last hour and half! She was quite happy in cot for first hour but then became unsettled! I'm lucky in that I don't have to go back to work yet but really feel for you having too.
I looked at ISIS website and it's very interesting - tbh before I had my lg I wasn't someone who went to bed at 10.30 and woke at 6 or whatever I would always wake up so made me think why would I expect a baby to do this! Have downloaded a white noise app so will give that a whirl tonight xx
Funnily enough she was loads better last night, just think she was exhausted. We use white noise it does help and also lullabies from YouTube. Did it help your dd?
My dd had a couple of unsettled nights when she first learnt to properly roll. She would roll on to her front and then cry until I put her back onto her back. This only lasted a couple of nights and she now happily sleeps on her side and front, so hopefully your dd will be the same.
My dd also wakes 2-3 times a night for a feed so you're certainly not on your own . She sounds very similar to your dd, has really short feeds but frequently through the day so I think she is programmed to feed every 3 hours.
OP your baby sounds just like my 6 month old DD except mine feeds 2 hourly! Which I was just about coping with by cosleeping but now she's doing the whole awake for 2 hours whilst she masters her new skills in middle of night. I'm just hoping it passes soon!
It might just be how she is.
DD is 18 months and if she's going through a growth spurt she still wakes up every 2-3 hours at night for a bottle.
We've tried various tactics to get her to sleep for longer but she just gets hungry. And screams if we don't give her food. So we give her food. She sleeps better that way (no screaming) therefore so do I.
Hi Lacey - typically my lg has been much better too so haven't used white noise, just her mobile. Last fee nights she goes to bed at 6, feeds around 10, straight back to sleep, feeds around 1pm and back to sleep and then 5am - awake in cot for about an hour hen but goes bk to sleep for 1-2 hours! Last night she fell asleep on her front which I didn't notice until I went back in this morning so I freaked out abit! September - think we are probably the majority - having babies that feed and wake like that and the people who have babies that sleep all night are the minority!!!! Lol bugaboom, I feel your pain - it will all of a sudden change - my lg was 2 hourly but all of a sudden just changed!! Sweetandfullofgrace - I do sometime wonder if the 'professionals' who write these books saying babies don't need to feed during the night from 6 months have actually had children!!
Here's to a happy weekend everyone :-) x
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