3 m/o not sleeping. Any help aside from feeding, diapering, and cuddling?

Ashley - posted on 06/15/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My son is three months old. Since I discovered he is a tummy sleeper (found out a month ago after two months of sleeping HELL), he has slept through the night; we are talking eight + hours. Just recently he will not go to sleep. We tried feeding and burping him, cuddling, changing his diaper, and are out of ideas. Any help would be appreciated!

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Ashley - posted on 06/16/2009

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I think I will try to keep him up more during the day...it's just hard since he's so cute. :)

Ashley - posted on 06/16/2009

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My daughter did something similar around 3-4 months and it turns out I was letting her sleep too much during the day. At 3 months babies need about 16 hours of sleep in 24 hours. So it could be that. Oh and if he sleeps on his tummy he may get frustrated when he learns to roll to his back but hasn't figured out how to get back to his stomach. My baby did that. Now she rolls easily both ways and ALWAYS sleeps on her tummy. Good luck.

User - posted on 06/16/2009

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My wee man is also a tummy sleeper! he is now 4 months old. I do remember our nice routine going out the window a bit when he was around the 3 month mark...it happed to our other two childeren at that age too! I think they get a bit more alert and know what's going on a bit more and they can stay up and awake for a bit longer too ...so he might not be as tired at his 'routine bed time' and thus doesn't want to go to sleep! Our wee man used to be up for 45 min when he was little now he's up for 1 1/2 - 2 hours between naps!

Lindi - posted on 06/15/2009

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Have you tried giving a small bottle of warm water at about 10pm (while he is still sleeping)? Keeps the tummy nice and "full" plus it warms them up inside. Also try arranging his body so that he sleeps more on his left side (tummy side), helps them break winds more easily. My daughter, regardless how flat on her back we put her, she always, when waking up, is more on her left side than not.

Ashley - posted on 06/15/2009

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He sleeps in our room still...my hubby wasn't too comfortable with the fact that he is a tummy sleeper, so we decided that he would sleep in our room so I can watch him until he is able to roll over...which should be soon for how much he moves around! Although I am tempted to just buy one of those monitors that is a live-feed camera so we can watch him to make sure he is breathing ok.

Right now it is pretty hot in our house so no blanket is really required...he tends to kick it off anyways.

I kind of remember someone telling me to caress his forehead or something and so I tried that and he got pretty drowsy, but wouldn't fall asleep.

Thanks for all your ideas though!

Jamie - posted on 06/15/2009

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same thing happened to us around the 3 months - our little guys are just too smart! He's now cognitive enough to be more aware that you are not there and when he wakes up, he intends to do something about it. You could try a transitional object- you sleep with it for a few nights so it smells like you, then leave it in his crib. On a side note, the changing diaper could actually be waking him up more than he was to start with- of course if he tends to have very wet/heavy diapers you want to change it, but if you've found he's mostly clean, you could decrease the number of times you change him overnight.

Renee - posted on 06/15/2009

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Do you use a sleep sack (wearable blanket)? At this age he's probably starting to move around a little and may be making himself cold. Just an idea...

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