Having hard time getting baby to sleep at night

Tammy - posted on 08/24/2009 ( 33 moms have responded )

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My baby is almost 6 weeks and hardly sleeps in his crib, he sleeps on a blanket on the floor while I sleep on the couch beside him, he usually won't fall asleep until 3 or 4 am and not in his crib.

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**emma** - posted on 01/08/2013

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My baby wont sleep for long at night we lay him down by 10 he moves around in the middle of the night than wake up at 5am and wont go back to sleeo it seems he want to play all night he was born 27 weeks he has a temp problam he always thowing thing what shoukd i do ??? Help

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Tammy - posted on 10/08/2009

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Thanks for everyones opinions, my son is now sleeping in his crib and through the whole night.

Mariya - posted on 10/08/2009

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My daughter didn't like sleeping in her bassinet, but my hubby and I put the boppy in the bassinet and she really like that, being at an incline somewhat... that worked. Something about babies not liking laying down flat... try that, a boppy or even on a pillow...

Crystal - posted on 10/07/2009

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I had to let my son sleep with a shirt of mine that smelled like me in his crib. That helped him feel close to me

Sam - posted on 10/03/2009

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my son was the same.He just wanted to be in my arms 24-7 and the thing is they cant.I have a 2 yr old and a partner that works awayf ro 4 weeks flat,so he has no choice.If i know he is full from a feed and clean bum ect then he goes down.It can be in his swing,his chair,his buggy.I always put him to sleep in his crib awake and i have a little dora nite lite that sings.He is obsessed with this dora think that my daugher also loves.Try small feeds tho the day in shorter amounts of time.This way he might get enoght that day and sleep for you at night.If you have a buggy,put him init and push him to sleep.Once he has been asleep for say half hr,pick him and and take him straight to his crib.If he starts to cry dont lift him straight away,see if he goes back off.i know this mite sound daft,but i did this and just by saying sush over and over he settled and went to sleep ojn his own in his crib.Also try turning the hoover on??my son is 3 months and he loves the hoover.he just falls to sleep if i need him to sleep i plug the hoover in for 5 and zap hes asleep lol......

Ashleigh - posted on 10/02/2009

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Maddie has slept in her crib through the night since she was one week or so. We have a very good routine for her throughout the day and especially for bedtime. The two times we didn't follow the nighttime routine, we paid for it by getting up at 2 and 3 and 4 in the morning. Our schedule is as follows: wake up at 6ish, change diaper, feed, play for an hour or so and then she gets to nap until her next feeding at 9-10. We continue the three hour routine all day long. Her last feeding is at 10pm, she then gets her bath, baby massage with lotion and then we read her a story, swaddle and lay her in her crib. I think it's important to swaddle because when her arms are lose, they tend to wake her up. There are different views on the subject but don't be afraid to let the baby cry. In the beginning we would let her cry for 5-10 minutes, check in on her, wind the mobile and then leave. Now when we lay her in her crib she is wide awake and knows it's bedtime. There is no crying and luckily a full nights rest for us. I think routine is essential!

Michelle - posted on 09/27/2009

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Quoting Tammy:

Having hard time getting baby to sleep at night

My baby is almost 6 weeks and hardly sleeps in his crib, he sleeps on a blanket on the floor while I sleep on the couch beside him, he usually won't fall asleep until 3 or 4 am and not in his crib.



babys also like the sound of ur heartbeat i have a wee gadget that makes sounds like heartbeat ,water, rain,and a few lullabys hat works a treat,and always put bub down awake so they get used 2 going 2 sleep by them selfs 

Michelle - posted on 09/27/2009

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Quoting Tammy:

Having hard time getting baby to sleep at night

My baby is almost 6 weeks and hardly sleeps in his crib, he sleeps on a blanket on the floor while I sleep on the couch beside him, he usually won't fall asleep until 3 or 4 am and not in his crib.



he is playing with u,babys r so cuning,put him dwn let him have sum cry time it mite take a few days but bare with it  do the 10 10 5 rule check every 10 mins dont talk 2 him just go in and tuck him bk in,if he is unselted try burping him it can take a few goes 2 get it up when they lie down thats when the wind bothers them,my technic when burping is lie him down rub his tummy frimley them streach him up then sit him on ur knee rub left side frimley a few times same on rite side then pat middle of back holding him under ribs, and go sumwere in the house that u cant here him if it upsets u when u here him cry,u have 2 show him whos boss take care ,good luck

Tammy - posted on 09/25/2009

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My son has now been sleeping in his crib for the last 5 nights and sleeping through the entire night for as long as 10 hours.

Jessie - posted on 09/10/2009

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I wish my baby would sleep 3 or 4 hours at a time! he is almost 2 months and has NEVER slept for 4 continuous hours or longer. I am going to take some of these suggestions and put them to use!

Stacey - posted on 09/08/2009

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Try waking him for a feed before you go to bed and give an extra ounce. It works for my 2 month old she wakes once then between 2am and 5am for a feed then sleeps until about 7/8am she wakes up for a few hours then as small naps during the day. So yeah she's a great baby apart from the lack of milk she can handle lol.

Anastasia - posted on 09/07/2009

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oh, he has a funny sleeping pattern (my baby does at times) and i understand about not wanting 2 sleep on their backs i put my daughter on her back alot but when i got she'd be lying on her side...it's funny....but it sounds like your son has to get used to his crib and that's fine if he's not used to sleeping in it.

Tammy - posted on 09/07/2009

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The last couple of nights he slept a little longer, 5 1/2 hours in his crib but then he was up for a couple hours wouldn't go back to sleep, that's the problem over the last 3 nights he would wake up around 2 then stay awake for anywhere between 1 and 4 hours. Then last night he slept for 7 hours straight though it wasn't in his crib. He will now be 2 months next week and he is starting to sleep longer hours at night but it is not always in his crib, although he is getting better at it, sometimes he will sleep in his crib and sometimes he won't, he never liked being on his back but is starting to get used to it.

Anastasia - posted on 09/07/2009

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my daughter is 7wks and she sleeps all day then at night she'll wake up at 2 or 3 am and be awake until 5 am...i've noticed my baby sleeps more at night if i feed her, give her a warm bath followed by a mini massage while i talk and play with her...maybe u should experiment with different methods of comfort for the baby and find what works best for the both of you

Jessica - posted on 09/03/2009

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Also try when he starts to doze off put him in his crib. Then he will go to sleep and wake up in the same place.

Jessica - posted on 09/03/2009

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I agree with everyone. My daughter use to not sleep through the night. Now every night I give her a warm bath. Which works most of the time. Also you may want to try gripe water. Also try to get into a routine with your little one. I know it might be hard but that is what worked for me.

Diane - posted on 08/31/2009

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Quoting Stacey:

My daughter will be 6 weeks Thursday and sleeps in a carseat inside her bassinet. I can't for the life of me get her to sleep flat on her back. She will also sleep really good with me but I'm trying to not to let her too much. When she wakes during the night I "plop" her on the breast and we both go back to sleep.



try a mattress wedge to raise one end of the mattress. It is really bad for her neck and back to sleep all the time in her car seat.

Diane - posted on 08/31/2009

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The better they sleep during the day, the better they will sleep at night. Use the crib everytime they start to nod off. Use the same music, or womb noises, everytime you lay the baby down. Good luck.

Aurora - posted on 08/31/2009

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We have the same issue. My first daughter started sleeping thru the night at 3 weeks from 10pm until 4-5am and then later until 6am. With Rochelle, she is almost 7 weeks old and wakes up every 4 hours. Every couple of days, she will wake up until 5am or 6am but most of the time, she goes to sleep around 11pm and then up at 3AM. I hope she well get used to the routine quickly. I have told my SIL (she watches her while I work) not to let her sleep too much during the day but that doesn't always work.

Stacy - posted on 08/30/2009

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4 1/2 hours is GREAT for a 6-week-old! Usually around 2mos. of age they are able to establish a routine if you stick to one. You're getting there....good luck!

Tammy - posted on 08/29/2009

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Last night he actually slept in his crib for 4 1/2 hours, it's not long enough but it's a start. I've also started putting him in his crib to nap during the day and sometimes he will sleep for 1-2 hours. We now have a mobile which he loves and it will help him go to sleep most of the time. I feel a little better knowing I'm not alone in having a hard time getting my baby to sleep in his crib. It looks like he is starting to get used to it after last night and hopefully it will continue every night until he is sleeping through the night.

Michelle - posted on 08/29/2009

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at least he is sleeping for more than three hours at a time. My baby lil girl wakes every 3 hours. Though discovered the miricles of a cot mobile to lull the baby to sleep- IT WORKS- AMAZING!

Megan - posted on 08/29/2009

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My baby boy is 7 weeks old. We had a hard time getting him to sleep in the beginning but since we started our 3 "B" routine (Bath, Breast, Bed) he is getting much better. He will sleep for 4-5 hours and then will wake for foood & then will go back to sleep for another 4-5 hours. It has helped, but there are nights where he won't got to sleep and this is where the swing has come in very handy. =)

Michelle - posted on 08/29/2009

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Not a lot you can do i'm afraid. Have you tried putting him in a cot? Most babies apparently dont like cribs or moses baskets.



ur not alone though- my daughter wont settle til 11pm- and i put her in bed for bout 8pm!



She sleeps better in the cot- and use the mobile thingy to lull her to sleep. She may not fall a sleep right away- but it will keep em quite til they do.

Stacy - posted on 08/28/2009

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I have the same problem with my little guy. I put my Boppy in the crib, swaddle him and lie him in the Boppy and he sleeps much better that way. If it's too hot, then swaddle him with a light blanket in just a diaper. Babies sleep MUCH better when swaddled, that may be all he needs to sleep is to feel more secure.

Amy - posted on 08/27/2009

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our daughter did the exact same thing...we tried tricking her by letting her fall asleep on one of us and when we thought she was asleep we would put her in her crib and literally 5 minutes later she would be screaming...if its too hot maybe try putting a fan in his room but do not aim it directly on him. maybe try angling the fan towards the ceiling and have it rotate to at least circulate the air around the room. i actually didnt like the idea of swaddling at first because i thought it was mean but she loves it and it helps her from startling herself awake too because this young they still flail their arms and legs around and it startles them awake. we also do the warm bath and good feed before we put her down. and the white noise. most nights now she will eat betwen 9-10pm and sleep til 5 or 6am (not all the time) but a good amount.

good luck!!!

Tammy - posted on 08/27/2009

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He sometimes will sleep in his crib but not for more than 1-2 hours, I have thought about swaddling but the problem is it is so hot in his room I don't want him over heating, the times he did go in his crib when ever I went to get him he was soaked with sweat. He will fall asleep in my arms then I will put him in his crib then he wakes up and screams because he was put down.

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You poor thing, I agree with one of the previous replys - give your baby a really warm bath - make sure he is hungry to when you bath him. When finished give him a decent feed, wind him then try wrapping him up in a cotton blanket/wrap and laying him in his cot (this helps them sleep, and makes them feel warm and secure). I would then suggest for you to be strong and leave him in his cot so he can get used to it - he may be unsettled to start with but stick with it - you will be surprised and will perhaps get a decent nights sleep :)

Amy - posted on 08/25/2009

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swaddling has been a life saver for us...also maybe try some white noise....we use water noises...good luck :-)

Robin - posted on 08/25/2009

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Have you tried swaddling him! I also give my baby a bath every night between 9-10.. I also make sure that she is ready to eat right after her bath. Baths are not their favorite thing and they will cry but it makes them tired.. They eat , burp, and then go to sleep! Hope this helps...

Tammy - posted on 08/25/2009

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he does sleep a lot during the day, it's hard to keep him awake he will just fall asleep when ever he wants. However there has been days when he didn't sleep much at all and still wouldn't sleep at night. He will get over tired and fight trying to stay awake and things get much harder as he will get so fussy and do nothing but cry unless he is being held and it's just not possible to hold him the entire night as we need to sleep too.

Stacey - posted on 08/25/2009

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My daughter will be 6 weeks Thursday and sleeps in a carseat inside her bassinet. I can't for the life of me get her to sleep flat on her back. She will also sleep really good with me but I'm trying to not to let her too much. When she wakes during the night I "plop" her on the breast and we both go back to sleep.

Karen - posted on 08/25/2009

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Does he sleep alot during the day? If so, try to wake him up more often, and take him outside sometime during the day. This can be hard when you're dead tired and want to sleep, since you've been up all night. My 7 week old is sleeping through the night, and in the afternoon and evening she seems to eat smaller feedings spaced closer together. You might try smaller feedings, more often, during the day. At this age I wouldn't worry if he won't sleep in his crib....try the swing, bouncy seat or even his car seat. I reccomend the book Baby 411 by Denise fields and Ari Brown.......lots of good advice on sleeping

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