I need some advice naps/night sleeping.

Destiny - posted on 10/11/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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When my baby was between 2-3 months old, she started sleeping 6-7 hours a night, but then when she started teething at 4 months, all of a sudden she started waking up 2-3 times a night, and now she also won't nap longer than 30-45 minutes at a time during the day. I tried the Ferber method once for nap time during the day, but I made the mistake of doing it while my husband was home, he seemed to think her crying was going to hurt her, and that it was a bad idea, so it didn't work and I'm still stuck with a baby who won't sleep! Please help, I really need ideas. Did anyone else have this problem, or are having this problem? What has worked for you?

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if you are breastfeeding it could also help to give him a bottle of formula before she goes to bed instead. Has worked wonders for my friend, and even though my son still does not sleep through, he only wakes up once after waking up every 1-2hours for the last 5 months.

Linzi-Jane - posted on 10/14/2009

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Hi my LG was a great sleeper from birth up until about 4.5 months and then I've just had the worst month of my life with her waking sometimes every 1-2hrs a night and wanting to be fed, also at this time she started waking early from her naps (45min) where before she would nap to 1.5-2hrs at least 2 times a day and have 2 other naps.

After a month of waking at night I tried something here and there (2min of crying - couldn't do longer) not going straight in at night when she woke and started moaning (giving her time to settle by hrerself) nothing seemed to work and if anything distressed her more ...

And then I cam across this website http://blogginaboutbabies.wordpress.com/...

and after browsing around on it a bit I picked up some ideas and principles I was happy with (sh-pat, PU/PD as well as wake-sleep technique also the E.A.S.Y routine) ... all of these are from The Baby Whisperer.

I ordered the book and started that day with trying to help LO get to sleep on her own (without any crying) this took 5min of patting her in her cot while she moaned, the next day it took 2min and that night she went to sleep by herslf the same the following night. Now most naps and nightime she goes down alone (this is over a week period) or I have to stroker her back for 2min or so. This being so easy I decided to give her "putting your 4month old or older baby onto E.A.S.Y" its a basic routine (not schedule) using the principle of Eat, Awake, Sleep, Your time ... within 2 day my LO stuck to routine like clock work (even suggested timing) and was back to sleeping 2 hrs at 9 and 1.5hrs at 1 and then a cat nap between 5 and 6. I couldn't believe it!

And last night for the first time in about a month and a half she slept from 6:30 and woke only at 2:30 for a feed (I know she doesn't need this but not dropping it now!) and then straight back to sleep until 6:00 this morning!

Sorry for long post but my suggestion would be to do some searching on her methods and definately get one of her books (I bought "The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems by teaching you to ask the right questions" and deals with Sleeping, feeding and behaviour)

Amber - posted on 10/13/2009

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My daughter was having this problem for awhile as well but I found that if I give her a bath and then feed her a bottle...she will just play for a little bit and then get so tired she just falls right to sleep...but putting her to bed while she is still awake has made her like her crib soooo much more and she usually doesn't need to me to rock her to sleep or be right their. But the night time routine helps tons!! Good luck!!! ;0)

Lori - posted on 10/13/2009

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I just put my little girl in her bed to play during the day. She fineally got used to it, Now most of the time all I have to do is make sure shes dry had her bath and bottle and turn on he music and she plays for awhile then falls a sleep. She even does this for he naps. Also she like a bath at night, I know babies dont need them everyday ,but she gets one because it relaxes her and she goes to sleep. I usually do this right before her bed time.Good Luck

Mary Lynn - posted on 10/13/2009

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being able to put the child to bed while they are still awake is key. I could not stand to hear my son cry, so I just left the house one evening and my hubby said he cried for 6 minutes and that's it. Since then he goes to bed on his own with no fuss--he actually prefers to lay in his own bed now as opposed to being rocked... He will still get up once or twice a night for a feeding, but usually go right back to sleep.

Destiny - posted on 10/13/2009

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Thanks you guys, this is really helpful! I appreciate the response and I will try out your techniques! Hopefully they work, we'll see...! :)

Joanie - posted on 10/12/2009

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With my 3 yr old, I made the mistake, like most new moms..of rocking him to sleep, or falling asleep with him and then putting him to bed. It took me a while to get him out of that habit. So, this time around, I noticed I was making the same error. Don't get me wrong, I love rocking my babies to sleep, but we need time to do things for ourselves and it's much easier when you can get them into a night time routine! So, I feed him at ten, two and six, unless he is hungry in between, but he seems quite content. Before bedtime I give him a nice warm bath and some playtime, maybe a small bottle if he's hungry, then put him in the crib and turn on the mobile. For the first few nights they will cry, but they have to learn to self soothe! You will feel horrible at first, but after about 10-15 min or less they usually stop and fall asleep. Of course I check on him to make sure he's ok once he is quiet, but he will sleep through until about 7 or 8 am. Which is a blessing to all of us!

Lauren - posted on 10/12/2009

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Hi Destiny - My son had a 3 week stretch of only napping for 20 minutes at a time when he was 4 months. I tried everything; the swing, rocking, pacing, singing. Finally, I had to let him cry it out. ( I know you probably don't want to hear that, and neither did I, believe me ). I found that after only 5 - 10 minutes of crying, he would calm down and then fall asleep. And he slowly started sleeping longer. I started playing some classical piano or some static in his room too. I've been doing that for a few weeks and now he usually doesn't cry when I put him down. He just talks or moans a little and crashes out for an hour. I think it was mostly a stage that he was in. But I kept trying to get him to nap and leaving him in his crib for 45 minutes, even if he was just laying there. I didn't want him to get in the habit of popping out of his crib in 20 minutes. I was very leary about the crying method, though. I just watched his behavior and his reactions to me when I was trying to let him cry it out. He seemed happy and secure, so I figured the crying wasn't doing any damage.
Good luck!

Jorrie Lee - posted on 10/11/2009

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welcome to my world... my baby wakes up 5+ times a night mostly for her paci but she wakes up once just to mess around for about 30 minutes.. im lucky if we get a 30 minute nap.. if you get any good tips let me know PLEASE...

Stephanie - posted on 10/11/2009

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My son has NEVER been a napper, even as a newborn! He would sleep 15 to 25 minutes max, and only do that 2 or 3 times a day. However, once he hit about 5 months old, he has started having 1 really good nap a day (an hour to 2 hours long). That's usually the only nap he has. To put him to sleep, we put him in his crib, give him his soother and turn on his mobile (it's the fisher price one that projects images onto the ceiling) and it takes him 10 minutes of fussing/crying, then he's out like a light! However, until he hit about 4 and a half months old, he wouldn't nap anywhere but in his swing during the day. It bothers my husband as well to hear our son cry, so I just have to keep an eye on my hubby to make sure he just leaves or son alone until he falls asleep! Good luck and hope this helps at least a little!

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