any tips for settling babys at night?

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april is getting hard tp put to sleep at night, if she goes down she'll wake up an hour later, has anyone got any tips to help with this?

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Dee-jay - posted on 09/15/2009

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Hi, dont know if it helps, but i found that when my daughter started to cry, if i went in and pat her for a bit till she settled then left she would go back to sleep on her own. It took me a few trips a night, but if you persist after a few nights of doing so, my daughter slept through all night.

Jo - posted on 09/14/2009

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well we have one of those light boxes that reflects a moving picture on the ceiling. Since we have had this my son is much easier o settle at night as he just watches it until he falls asleep. If my son wakes up between 7pm and 7am, I always go in and make sure he is ok but I never talk or make eye contact with him. I'm just very matter of fact. He soon realised that he may as well go back to sleep as he doesn't get any socail interaction at night. Now he sleeps through from 10pm(as we get him up and feed him at this time) to 7am.

Angela - posted on 09/13/2009

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I always gave my babies a warm bath and then rubbed lotion on them to relax their muscles. I learned my lesson after the first one. You always want to put them down when they are still half awake not when they are completely zonked. I usually used music from his little aquarium to help him fall asleep. My son also has a special blankie he sleeps with at night.

Calley - posted on 09/13/2009

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Oh, Also, See if You Can Make Her Diferentiate Between Night & Day, Try Not To Put Stretchsuites On Her In The Day, Only @ Bedtime- Then She Will Know When Its Sleep Time...

Calley - posted on 09/13/2009

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My Daughter Was A Nightmare At Bedtime And So We Set Up A Routine, About Half An Hour Before Her Bedtime Take Her & Give Her A Warm Bath ( I Use Johnsons Bedtime Bath&Lotion) - Its Proven To Help Babys Sleep. Put Her Into A StretchSuite & Then Give Her A Bottle, And At 2 months Making Sure You Wind Her Every 2-3oz, As Wind Can Be A Cause Of Waking. If Your Baby Likes To Be Held While She Sleeps, Wrap Her Tightly In A Blanket Before You Lay Her Down This Will Make Her Feel More Secure. Dim The Lights Or Even Better Have None On & Keep It Quiet, Try Not To Talk To Her During Her Bottle, Any Stimulation Is A Bad Idea At Bedtime, Try It & See How It Goes.

Megan - posted on 09/13/2009

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Every night at the same time I give my daughter a bath and then lotion her down and then give her a big bottle and she falls right to sleep. And shes out all night. Giving her a bath every night really helped. Maybe try that.

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She is 2 months old so im pretty sure she's not teething yet. maybe it is just a growth spurt.

Anna - posted on 09/10/2009

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depends how old she is. it is normal for them to wake for feeding through the night for at least their first year, especially during growth spurts. I feed my 9 month old 2-3 times most nights and during teething he sleeps very restlessly. A bath with lavender oil can help. Also keeping her close to you - is her crib in your room?

Leah - posted on 09/10/2009

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a really great tip our nurse gave us when my daughter was 4 months was, put her to bed when she is already awake and let her send herself to sleep (as long as she's happy) because if you put her down when she's asleep, she'll just wake up within the hour. i tried it that day with her afternoon nap (she was struggling with those) and it worked. we've been doing it ever since and she's in a great routine now

Alicia - posted on 09/10/2009

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My son is 4 1/2 months old and to get ready for bed i give him a bath, read the bible, nurse him and then lay him in his crib and that's that. We have a homemedics sound machine/projector that i don't think we could live without. You can get it at Bed Bath & Beyond for 16 with a 20% coupon. Hope this helps!

Laura - posted on 09/10/2009

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How old is she? Is she teething? I usually put the song "Somewhere over the rainbow" the acoustic version on and rock him back and forth to sleep. That seems to be the only song he will go to sleep with. Or go for a car ride. The later they stay up, the more tire they get, the longer they sleep in. Atleast that works with my son. Good luck.

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