Baby just wont go to sleep at all , i at my wits end , help

Michelle - posted on 03/01/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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i have a almost 2 month old boy, and he just wont go to sleep at all , he has had 4hr today
since he woke up at 6 this morning , i don't know what to do anymore , is this normal ??
I have tried it all and still nothing , could there be something wrong with him ??

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Kerrie - posted on 10/13/2012

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you can put a baby on baby rice or farleys rusk mixed with there milk...from as early as 5 weeks if need be...it makes no odds.

Sunny - posted on 04/25/2009

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Also just curious, is your baby very alert? Could be that he's just very with-it and intelligent so finds it hard to switch off. Maybe less stimulation and noise if that's the case, especially before sleep time

Melissa - posted on 04/18/2009

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Did you ever get your baby to sleep better? At nine weeks they dont typically have a schedule so I thought I would ask.

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Bri's - posted on 10/15/2012

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Keep a consistent bedtime routine at a descent hour, swaddle and white noise, he's waking because he's hungry so feed him, don't expect he'll sstn at 2 months.

Kerrie - posted on 10/13/2012

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omg ... iam going through exactelly the same frankie started at that age hes naw 4 months old and has a sleep disorder.. sleep terrors..babys do need to sleep or they become sleep deprived and a over tied baby is not good. i try everything with frankie ive walked the floors with him for 4 hours a time........try putting him on a little baby rice a baby with a full belly helps them sleep.or try farleys rusk i put mine on them at 7 weeks ..he may be hungry all the time.

DeAnne - posted on 10/11/2012

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Sounds machine, swaddling, doTerra Lavender oil on bottoms of feet. I would not say that he is in immediate danger of something being wrong as long as he is eating, pooping, weeing normally. Some babies go through crying spells. It's tough. Hang in there! (hugs)

Starla - posted on 10/04/2012

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who would even suggest tylenol?!?!?!? seriously! anyway, my daughter did the same thing! she still has her nights (6 months now) but all i had to do was a LOT of cuddling until she go on her own routine, now getting her to cuddle is next to impossible!! good luck its probably just a faze, but if anything call the doctor, they have after hours nurses for these reasons.

Sunny - posted on 04/25/2009

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Way too early for solid foods at 2 months! I had a similar prob with my LO but fresh air during the day seemed to help, going for a nice walk somewhere with him in the carrier would get him to sleep. Try a feed-play-sleep routine thru the day, eg. awake for an hour, give some stimulation, play some soothing music etc, then put to sleep. Then when they wake feed then start the cycle again. And a good bedtime routine- soothing bath, massage, story, feed, sleep. It took a good 9 months to get my LO to sleep better and I can understand you must feel exhausted. I would try to get into good habits now though before it gets harder, ie try to put them down awake to sleep so they can self settle, maybe pat your little one for a bit to soothe if they are crying or sing to them, See what works and stick to it. It does get better so hang in there!

Ashley - posted on 04/23/2009

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Oh have I been there! I hired an infant sleep consultant because I was losing my mind and I can tell you what she told me to do. Avery was about 10 weeks old when we got some help and she told me that at that age Avery could only handle being awake for a maximum of an hour and 15 minutes tops; after that it's overstimulation and she would fight sleep. Also, she told me to put Avery on her tummy to sleep because she would startle in her sleep and wake herself up. This concerned me but Avery could turn her head side to side and after 5 minutes of crying on her belly she passed out. At 2 months of age Avery needed approx 18-20 hours of sleep per day and I was to start a bedtime routine no later than 5pm and have her in her bed ready to sleep no later than 6pm. I put her in her bed awake on her belly and gave her 30 minutes to fall asleep. Yes, she did cry but the sleep consultant told me that she is only crying to soothe herself to sleep and to learn how to fall asleep on her own. It was hard work for about a week, but now Avery sleeps a 12 hour night without waking as long as I have her in her bed by 6pm and she takes 3 naps per day. It usually only takes her 15 minutes to fall asleep and no crying, just babbling/squealing until it's silent and I check her and she's fast asleep. I leave her in her crib smiling and she wakes up smiling. I was at my wits end and this worked, I hope you both get some rest soon!

Kylie - posted on 04/19/2009

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I have a friend with a 4 month old baby and their little guy was only sleeping 4-6 hours total in a 24 hour period from the day he was born. I couldn't understand it as my baby was sleeping 18-20 hours a day in the first month of his life. They took him to the pediatrician on several occasions and go no answers and ended up taking him to a sleep school where they had nurse support to try to teach him to sleep. This worked a little and he can sleep 2-4 blocks during the night now but is still up for a few hours in between. (I personally don't agree with the CIO method especially at this age but I think they were desperate) He's a "high needs" child and loves being held and constantly wants to be on the boob. I've told her to just co-sleep with him so they can both get more sleep but she doesn't want to. It's hard to understand why a baby would not want to sleep but I think its perhaps to do with personality, you can't force a child to sleep if the are not ready but you just need to set up the right conditions for sleep. Sorry I'm not much help but just letting you know you’re not the only one dealing with a baby who won’t sleep.

Melissa - posted on 03/02/2009

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Oh  no, no no!  Pleasedont  use  infant  tylenol  to  help   your  baby   sleep  if  you  are  at  that  point talk  to   a  couple  doctors  that   is    the  worst  thing! Children  may   become   dependant   and  wont  sleep   without it,   should  only be  used  as  neccesary  as  I am  sure   you  are aware  of  I  normally  wouldnt  say  any  idea  is  a bad   idea  but  that is very  scary.



One  thing  I used   to help   my little  one  that  I could  tell was  fighting  goingto sleep  I  used  bedtime   bath  and   between  the  bath  and   the  bedtime    soap  are  agreat mixture  as  well as  smells  great!  There is  also  bedtime  lotions.



There is so many good  ideas  on  this  page  I really  hope  one  of   them   helps  you.



 

Christy - posted on 03/01/2009

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My daughter went through a phase like that when she was about 2 months or so... she would just have little 10 min naps on and off... it was killing me! Hang in there!!! it didn't last very long... maybe a week or two. I also read the book Baby Wise, and started a "Sleep, Eat, Wake" pattern. As soon as she would wake up from a good nap, I would feed her, keep her awake for about an hour or two, then rock her back to sleep. soon, she just fell into this pattern on her own. sleep 40 mins, eat, wake for 1.5 hours, then repeat. Of course, I always let HER tell me what she wanted. Let the baby be your guide NOT the clock. That's what my doctor said anyway. she is against making schedules for a baby. anyway... then at night after our bedtime routine, she would sleep for longer periods at a time.

Ashley - posted on 03/01/2009

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My baby girl is great at sleeping most of the time unless she is bored or fighting sleep or hungry or hurting. Try to let your baby lay on a blanket naked for a little while that seems to calm down my baby girl. Or try infant tylenol.

Shona - posted on 03/01/2009

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Hey Michelle my sons 9weeks and 3 days today.



He had the same problem as your son what ive started doing is taking him for a walk up the shop in the pram after his had a feed and he will go to sleep for ages! usually 4-6 hours which is alot for my son haha this was my way of fixing it i hope it works for you xx

Jodi - posted on 03/01/2009

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Hi : ) I was told about a really great book called Baby Wise. I advise grabbing a copy because it is really great!! It will have ur bubs in a routine in no time.

Aleeza - posted on 03/01/2009

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my 8 week old is the same way and will only sleep in my arms and sometimes in he swing , i don't get much sleep. only exception is if we are in the car and he falls asleep he sometime stays sleeping awhile in the car seat when i bring him in. the things i know work but take some effort-so i haven't tried yet lol- is
1- getting a t shirt you wore all day and wrapping them in it to sleep
2-routine and scheduling before bedtime very impt (every evening same thing in order so baby learns whats coming next eg-bathe,bottle or nurse,a massage a lullaby and into bed- all the while keeping it quiet and dim lights
3- keep lights off and noises low don't talk when baby wakes up at night, by day wake em every 3 hrs even if they are asleep-painful i know- and keep lights on and regular household noises alive


good luck, hope you get some sleep
-aleeza

Melissa - posted on 03/01/2009

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I have a 9 week old son , and he won't nap in the afternoon, it is rare but sometimes after a bottle if he falls alseep in my arms i put him in his swing and that seems to work for a couple hours. He does sleep through the night most of the time, and even if he doesnt he only wakes up once and goes right back to bed.



I have put him in the car and gone for a drive to get him to sleep if he is very cranky, but wont settle, then I just leave him in the carseat till he wakes up.

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