Baby "jetlag"

Sabrina - posted on 01/16/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Since the Christmas madness and with it getting darker earlier, my 3 month old has started wanting to sleep at 3pm. For the first few weeks I thought, great - she's having a good afternoon nap. She usually sleeps so soundly in the late afternoon I have to wake her up at 5 or 530pm and get her dressed for bedtime. At this time she is so tired and sleepy it is easy to put her in her bed for the night.
The problem is that she wakes at 4am or 5am and there is no way I can get her back to sleep. Some nights she lies next to me singing to herself in the dark (whilst I try unsuccessfully to block it out). Other nights this escalates into a cry for attention and play. Sometimes I try breastfeeding her back to sleep and she refuses, or else she takes the breast but needs it constantly in her mouth for the 2-3h till I can bring myself to get out of bed. If I try to take her off the breast, she starts crying as she is still awake and needing something to do!
This morning when she woke up at 4am I just felt that I had done something wrong along the way and that my hope that things would sort themselves out eventually was really in vain.
What do I do??

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Elizabeth - posted on 01/20/2009

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The only sure thing about baby sleep is that just about the time you get into one pattern, it changes. At 3 months they go through a growth spurt and the eating and sleeping get all messed up. Those mornings that start at 4 do suck, though! ;-)

Sabrina - posted on 01/19/2009

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Thanks Heather! She does look a lot like me - my husband's lighter features are completely overshadowed! Yeah - this challenge will pass but I am sure different ones will follow. She's napping at the moment... miracle!

Heather - posted on 01/19/2009

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By the way you are both beautiful! Sounds like she is in one of those tough phases right now. (Mine is staying up way too late!) atleast we know they will pass! Get rest while you can and hang in there!

Sabrina - posted on 01/19/2009

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Thanks for the advice. She usually has 3 naps a day. Her earlier naps last 30-45 min only. One nap at 9am, then about noon, then the long 3pm nap. I have tried getting her to nap longer for the other naps but I rarely succeed.
Yesterday I tried what you suggested Sharon and Brenda - she fell asleep at 3pm, then woke up at 530pm. I kept the lights on in the bedroom to encourage her to believe it was still daytime.
This seemed to help - she was in good spirits and well rested wherelse when I wake her she is sleepy eyed and wanting to drop off some more. I managed to keep her up a bit, and she went to sleep at about 730pm. She still woke up frequently throughout the night and at 5am was ready to get up, but I convinced her to stay quiet and half asleep by nursing her. She won't fully fall back asleep - but I guess it is a phase that will pass.

Heather - posted on 01/18/2009

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can you try getting her down for an earlier day nap like 11:30? I did this with my daughter and it helped.

Brenda - posted on 01/17/2009

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I'd try seeing how long she sleeps in the afternoon.  I know for a while, my son was taking really really late naps, and would sleep at like 4 or 5, then wake up at 7, and then would go down for the night at 9 or a little after.  I know it isn't ideal, but it may be just a phase like my son was. It may be she's set her nap schedule later, and that will take some time to change.  They go through so many changes and stages so fast, that I bet before you know it she'll be back to her old normal schedule.

Sharon - posted on 01/17/2009

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Sabrina,



What would happen if you didn't wake her from her 3pm nap?  Is it possible that she would wake up at 6pm and then go to sleep later?  I know at 3 months Aiden was taking three naps a day, and I think his last one started around 3pm.  I believe he went to bed for the night around 11pm at that age and would wake up at 6-7am.  I'm sure every baby is different, but maybe if you let her wake up naturally from her nap and go to sleep for the night later, she'd wake up a little later in the morning.  Let us know how things go for you!



 



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