Sleep tips??

Lyndsay - posted on 11/01/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daughter is just over 5 months old and I am hoping that she will start sleeping through the night soon, but I am not comfortable with letting her cry it out. She wakes up once or twice a night and nurses, but I'm not convinced she's actually hungry, just on a routine. Any tips for getting her to sleep longer without having to let her cry herself to sleep. I'm just desperate for a full night of sleep at this point!

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Mandy - posted on 11/01/2009

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I don't agree. I believe that children this age are wsy to young to 'just let cry.' I hsve three kidds and my youngest is four and s half months and still gets up five to seven times a night. However these hard times do end. Mine wakes up so much do to sleep apnea but my other two had problems too. This young some babies are still dealing with being in this huge world and out of the womb. If they're crying there's something wrong even if it is just wanting to be with someone. I know it's hard believe me but really how long is it gonna last. couple months at the most, thats not much out of the year you can do it! i promise!

Sarah - posted on 11/01/2009

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Hi Lyndsay,

I know how you feel about not wanting them to cry it out but sometimes you need to just to get them to understand it is time for bed. My son started sleeping through the night (about 10pm to 5am) at 6 weeks when i was breastfeeding because i followed a few rules my sister gave me. She told me if he wakes at night and i don't want him to cry it out then i can go in without turning the light on and rub his tummy (or back if she is now sleeping on her front). She told me not to say anything and not to make eye contact (look at her chin or tummy). When i was breastfeeding i used to express during the day so i had built up some extra before bed. I would then nurse, give extra milk from bottle and wind before putting him to bed. This way i knew he wasn't hungry during the night. Once i started Thomas on formula, he instantly started sleeping for 10-12 hours a night!! It was pure bliss!! If your daughter is nursing twice at night i would try and drop it down to once for a while before cutting out completely otherwise she will be screaming lol. Unfortunately at 5 months she has probably got into a routine of it now and it's Mummy's job to sort that out if you want to get some sleep. You'd be surprised with the crying out how short a time it takes to sort it. The first night she may cry for ages and you just need to rub her back and stick to the guide above, but i'll bet that this time next week you'll be sleeping for longer!! Oh, also - don't wake her up for a feed. When she's asleep - day or night - let her wake up naturally. They do say a baby who sleeps during the day, sleeps. So make sure she sleeps enough during the day and she will also sleep better at night.

Not sure what else to add but sure as soon as i hit the 'Post' button i'll remember something else. This really worked for my little one so i hope it does the same trick for your's. Be reassured that letting her cry out for 15 minutes (it may take longer but i used to go in once every 7-10 mins just to rub and check on him) is not a bad thing. You know she is safe and not ill or in danger, it's just a means to an end and will hopefully get you both some better sleep, and it won't last forever however stubborn she might be. When i went through this with Thomas, he was screaming in his cot and i was crying in my room because i felt awful letting him cry but just try to use the same will power that got you through labour - there is another pleasant surprise at the end of this - a good night's sleep xx

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