Help my baby wont sleep more than ten minutes???

Lacey - posted on 07/30/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My addysin wont nap for more than ten minutes. She fights sleep something awful she smacks and pulls hair, she will even dose off and she then pulls out her pacifer to keep herself awake. She has slept threw the night since the day she was born. I am at my wits end. I have tried soothing her and music. Please help me

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Kathy - posted on 08/25/2009

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Have you tried swaddling her again? I know my DS hits himself in the head while sleeping and the only way to stop it is to swaddle him. Or maybe Teeth?

Mindy - posted on 08/23/2009

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I forgot to mention that if all else fails, ride around in the car. And as far as letting them cry it out, from my experiance that doesnt work, mine would scream for hours on end if I chose to do so, some babies just have to be held, I was lucky, my mother had the same experiance with my sister so she taught me alot, dont do anything that you dont feel comfortable doing, babies can feel your stress, so relax, take a deep breath, love on her and you will figure it out. Holding her taughtly but not too tightly, maybe snug in a blanket will keep her from flailing arms and legs and makes them feel secure, my baby is 6mths old and I still have to snuggle close at night, I dont care how long she sleeps with me when that is how she feels comfortable.

Mindy - posted on 08/23/2009

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You need to discuss this with her doctor, mine daughter was very very colicy and would not sleep, come to find out her belly was hurting her all the time, she has a sensitivity to milk, I was breast feeding and had to cut all milk products out of my diet, now she is on soy formula, we changed all this at about 3wks old, she has been sleeping through the night since she was 2months old now. Try a warm bath, lay her belly down on your knees and bounce, or even sit her up on the dryer while it is running, if this helps then she is more than likely having stomach problems. she still fights sleep but not near as bad and once asleep she stays asleep, we have to keep her arms still while she is going to sleep in order to keep her from waking herself, I rock her against me and rub the other arm, this keeps her still.

Raesha - posted on 08/20/2009

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try going online and looking up a toy brand call Cloud B. i got a giraffe that has a music box that plays white noise, it sounds alot like static. my little girl wont nape long with out it, when i turn it on she passes out no matter the mood shes in. there is no fighting it for her :).

Lacey - posted on 08/14/2009

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we found that if you rock her and give her some juice she will sleep... the doctor said it was all normal

Aleks - posted on 08/01/2009

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Have you tried holding and rocking her? I know that people are scared to do that, what with the current trend of raising independent babies. However, babies sometimes just want the comfort of being held and feeling loved ( no a blanket cannot give comfort to such a small baby ), feeling mothers warmth and heart beat. When a baby is overtired, it will fight sleep and scream. My baby often wants to feed before sleeping ( even though she has eaten only 1.5 or 2 hours earlier ).... Most babies are needing to go to sleep somewhere 1.5 to 2.5 hours after they have woken up - this depends on age of baby and of course the baby itself.
If there is no other problems ( like reflux which may cause discomfort when lying down flat, or teething ) and a regular schedule doesn't work I would discuss this with a doctor... this may also be a cause of food - weather not getting enough or the wrong type, may be... Or she may have problem with ears... this too may be causing discomfort, so speak with your doctor...
Otherwise, good luck, and I hope you find the answer you are looking for....

April - posted on 07/30/2009

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Wow...I am at a lost then. Usually setting a schedule works but it doesnt sound like Addysin wants to sleep at all. Definitely bring it up to her doctor because it wouldnt hurt and he/she has probably learned some things over the years that help. Good luck!

Lacey - posted on 07/30/2009

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we tried a schedule and tried leaving her in her crib. she screams like you are killing her and we laugh about it and shut the door. she has a blanket thing with toy attached to it and she still screams for two hours before she will fall asleep. we would give her breakfast then she would get tummy time then we played for like a hour and then would lay her down and she did the screaming then she slept for a whole ten minutes so i gave her back her pacifer and it didnt help so i gave up on the schedule after two months of this. this has happened since she was three weeks old

April - posted on 07/30/2009

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You need a schedule that you and she can stick to. My girl sleeps for two hours at her naptime twice a day (usually up two hours after breakfast and then down for 2 hours). Decide when she starts to get sleepy or cranky, you can give her a little of her normal feeding if that helps, place her in her crib and make sure you don't bother her. It will be hard at first but be strong and she will be a much happier baby if she gets some sleep. You can also try to give her a blanket or "transitional object" that she can have when she always sleeps and feels like you are not leaving her. Its easier to get on top of this now or you are going to have major problems later. I hope this helps.

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