7 month old wont sleep at night and fights with grandma...DESPARATELY needs help.

Lori - posted on 03/15/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My little girl is almost 7 months and she sleeps in my room because I am living at home with my family as a single mother. I am 30 and will be moving out on my own at the beginning of next month. Also I am going back to school but on a part time basis right now and in May it beomces full time.

My child seems to be one of those hyper babies and I dont know what to do. I feel like I am at loss when it comes to sleep. My routine that I am trying to do and is not working but use to earlier on, is that I would put her in her jolly jumper, feed her pablum, read to her, give her a bath, then give her a bottle and she would be out for the night.

Now I put her in her crib and as soon as her head goes down, she's awake. The past few nights I have tried staying with her for a few minutes and touch her lightly. It has worked but 20 minutes later she's awake, screaming. For a few weeks now I've been letting her sleep with me because she gets up throughout the night as well, and I am extremely frustrated to let put her in her crib and everything else and is just easier to have her next to me. My mom says constantly shes teething and is always giving her tyleonl which doesnt sit well with me. Also she thinks the best thing is to let my child sleep with us until she gets older.

I dont know what to do and am feeling at a loss. I'm worried that once I get into my own place I wont know how to get her to sleep on her own through out the night and that I wont be able to finish school. Please help!!! I feel like I'm trying everything and nothing seems to be working.

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Gwen - posted on 03/16/2010

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HEALTHY SLEEP HABITS, HAPPY CHILD By, Marc Weissbluth. This book saved me! My son was doing the same thing and I started co-sleeping with him but hated it. I never got any sleep because I was too afraid with him in the bed. Also I dont think it is all that healthly for him to become dependent on that. Unfortunately she is probably teething but the constant tylenol doesn't sound good to me either!

This worked almost instantly for me - and I did not start it right away - you just have to become aware of when your child is tired and try to never allow them to become over tried because that is when the problem begins. GOOD LUCK!!! I hope it works and good luck with school - it will be hard but worth it in the end (I'm doing the same thing and I just have to continue to tell myself that ;) ).

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