Why dosn't she sleep?

Colleen - posted on 01/19/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My 2 month old, Delaney, does not want to sleep without me. We have tried two different cradles, and now we bought this cradle swing that is supposed to help colic babies, but nothing! I keep reading that babies at her age are sleeping through the night! I am lucky to get 3 hours if she is on her own. And if she is sleeping with me, five hours at max, but then I dont sleep. She is breastfed so I do expect to wake up at least once a night, but this every couple hours I would have thought should stop by now. She has been better at napping during the day, but same applies if I am not holding her she will wake up in 30 minutes. Cant take the crying anymore then I have to because nighttime is a cry-fest with her colic. Any helpful tips please!!!

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Colleen - posted on 01/20/2009

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Thank you everyone for your suggestions!!!  I am putting them all to good use and hopefully they will pay off!

Kryssie - posted on 01/20/2009

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Quoting Kirsty:



not wanting to sound funny but its very dangerous to sleep with ur baby in ur bed!
its always in the news papers bout ppl suffercating there children when sleeping in the same bed.






i seriously wouldnt advise it






Most often, the people that suffocate their children are on a type of medication or have been drinking or doing drugs making them excessively groggy. In all actuality, millions of people throughout the world including our far back ancestors who didn't have cribs and cradles cosleep. Actually, moms and children sleep less deeply but longer when they sleep together, preventing the risk of SIDS or suffocation and mom's naturally sleep facing their child, knees curled up underneath and one arm over so they don't roll onto their little one.



My baby wouldn't sleep either and I bought this thing by prince lion heart called the original slumber bear. It plays womb noises when your baby makes a noise or startles and lulls them back to sleep - it also comes with a silkie that holds your secent so baby thinks your their and calms themselves back to sleep! It works great for me - atleast 6 hours a night. :)

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Is it possible for someone else to comfort her after a feed, and get them to put her down to sleep?  My husband does this with our daughter and she sleeps for 5-6 hours!  If I put her down, I'll be lucky to get 3 hours sleep!  So he's now on permanent night duties!!!  It's worth a try anyway!

Amy - posted on 01/20/2009

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If she suffers with bad wind try gripe water or infacol to stop the gripiong pains and help with wind. Another thing is try just letting her cry. It never hurt anybody and i know its hard to listen to ur baby crying but u have to go threw a few sleepless nights to get them to sleep stright away on her own

Tawanda - posted on 01/19/2009

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Quoting Kirsty:



not wanting to sound funny but its very dangerous to sleep with ur baby in ur bed!
its always in the news papers bout ppl suffercating there children when sleeping in the same bed.






i seriously wouldnt advise it





When do they ever say anything good in the newspapers? Co-sleeping is the most popular sleeping arrangement worldwide though it may be unpopular in the U.S. I, personally, co-sleep with my 2 month old just as I did with my 2 year old for her first year and OMG they're still alive... but I digress... I'm guessing, Colleen, that this is your first baby :D Congrats!!



Anyway, "sleeping through the night" doesn't mean a full eight hours in most cases. Just try to sleep when she sleeps as much as possible and Good Luck!

Teresa - posted on 01/19/2009

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You could always try getting into a little routine, starting at a time that suits you say first off a warm bath for 15 mins or so, depending if your little one likes baths, then followed with a massage all over babies (some) love this with a little baby oil or lotion. After that they seem to relax a bit more and then offer baby a feed and like someone above said a lullaby toy of some kind and pop inot bed. You may find baby will settle more its worth a try. Also if colicky baby then offering some cool boiled water in between feeds can help relieve this for them too good luck

Kirsty - posted on 01/19/2009

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not wanting to sound funny but its very dangerous to sleep with ur baby in ur bed!
its always in the news papers bout ppl suffercating there children when sleeping in the same bed.



i seriously wouldnt advise it

Pat - posted on 01/19/2009

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Have you tried letting her sleep with you on the bed or laying her on her stomach? I know lots of ppl say both are bad but my daughter sleeps so much better next to me at night and longer if she is on her belly during the day. Plus it's easier for when you breastfeed during the night. I usually sleep with my face close to my daughter that way I know when she moves and can feel her breathing.

Jacqueline - posted on 01/19/2009

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try to wrap her in a blanket with the arms down. I had the same problem and now, my boy sleeps 8 hours through the night

Kirsty - posted on 01/19/2009

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have you tried swaddling her in a blanket (where u wrap there arms down by sides ) it helpd my daughter go to sleep n aswell wev got a winnie the pooh that plays lullabys which we put on every time she goes to bed.



i think swaddling is a good idea cos babies feel held and also safe, id also not hold her all the time cos she'll jus get used to it n then want attention all the time,
sorry cant be anymore help

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