11-week-old with sleep issues

Taryn - posted on 02/20/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My 11-week-old daughter sleeps beautifully at night. We put her to bed between 6 and 7 p.m. and she only wakes up at 2 a.m. for a feed and then again at about 5 a.m. We usually take her into her bedroom at bed time, give her her last feed and then rock her to sleep. We try to put her down in her cot 'awake but drowsy' as the books advise, but she wakes up instantly and immediately starts fussing and crying, so although we try repeatedly, we generally end up having to rock her until she is deeply asleep before putting her down. During the day however, although we use the same methods to get her to sleep, as soon as we put her down she wakes up and cries, or occasionally will stay asleep for about ten minutes before waking. She does this over and over, never settling down for a good nap. As a result she is hardly sleeping during the day and I don't get a break until she goes to bed at night! We are afraid of getting into bad habits and she is clearly not learning to put herself to sleep - I have sometimes resorted to just holding her in my arms for a couple of hours while she sleeps just so that she gets some rest! We live in South Africa in a very hot climate (it's the height of summer here) so are unable to swaddle her, and she spits our her pacifier We also don't believe in controlled crying. Any ideas? Please help!

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Crystal - posted on 02/23/2009

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have you tried getting a swing and putting her in that and letting her sleep in it? 11 weeks old is still pretty young and most people don't get a sleep routine until much later. Books are nothing to praise over because most are fact and don't really help that much its just more knowledge which is great but not always practical. You have to find what works for you. Good luck!

Stasia - posted on 02/23/2009

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If you get a sling then maybe the baby can sleep in your arms while you still can move around and get stuff done. It is kind of tough but it is probably just a stage. My daughter goes through stages where she sleeps well at naps for a month or two and then doesn't. Atleast with a sling It isn't' do frustrating being stuck in one place!! good luck!

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My son is the same with his naps...I've kinda given up! I let him sleep in my arms for hours every day which is far from ideal!! I can't get anything done. He used to nap well in a bassinet in the living room but he outgrew it VERY quickly. Ah well, I reassure myself that he will grow out of it eventually. I also heard a book called The No Cry Nap Solution by Elizabeth Pantley is pretty good...

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