5 1/2 month old refuses to sleep

Courtney - posted on 09/21/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I am hoping for some help or just some support! My 5 1/2 month old daughter just seems to hate sleeping and I am so overwhelmed. She wakes up about 5 times a night and will NOT go back to sleep without eating (she is breastfed but we supplement at night so I can get some sleep!)- she will take an entire bottle or nurse for her usual 20-30 minutes every time she wakes up. She screams before naps even if I am holding her and will take up to an hour to fall asleep. I just spent an hour upstairs holding her as she squirmed and screamed in my arms until she finally fell asleep. She is not hungry, no dirty diaper, her clothes are comfortable. Our pediatrician told us to let her cry so we tried cry it out for 5 weeks and it didn't help- she just cried for hours in her crib! I am at the point where I am crying every nap and every time she wakes up at night because I can't stand to hear her cry anymore. Even if we catch her before she's "overtired" she will not fall asleep even in our arms. Please tell me we aren't the only ones experiencing this!!!

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Nope my son is 6.5 months old and he still keeps me up at night. It could be because of teething. A really good thing to try out is night time origel will help, or gripe water. my son doesnt like gripe water. When origel doesnt work i use half the amount required of baby tylonal. teething is a very very big pain. My daughter had her first tooth at 4 months and started teething at 3 months my son has his been teething since 1.5 months, and got his first 2 teeth at 4.5 months. It is probably just from the teething. Im not capable of nursing so both my kids are formula my son sometimes just needs just a little more food in the middle of the night an fall back asleep, or also he wakes up cuz he lost his suckie. so i gotta get up and give it back to him.



let me know if you need any other advice.

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Gwen - posted on 09/21/2012

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I used to feel the same way until one Sunday at church I was complaining about how my daughter had been up at 1 and 4. Another lady proceeded to chime in about her kid waking up at 2 and not going back to sleep, and a third commented on hers wanting to nurse around the clock. It made me realize that we were all in the same boat!

Courtney - posted on 09/21/2012

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Thanks for the advice. She already has 2 teeth and I think she may be getting more so I have been doing orajel and sometimes tylenol at night but it doesn't change much with her sleeping. We are definitely not letting her cry anymore because it's not working for anyone:) I am just glad to hear that we aren't the only ones (even though it's rough for everyone else, too!) because all of our friends seem to have perfect babies that sleep through the night and never cry!

Gwen - posted on 09/21/2012

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Teething, gassiness, growth spurt....

It could be so many things. 5 1/2 months is still VERY young. My daughter was still up several times a night to nurse at that age. I would definitely not recommend leaving her to cry for hours at a time. It is stressful for you and her, and does nothing to help whatever is upsetting or hurting her.



Some breastfeeding babies are very sensitive to what mom eats. I know a few mothers who had to cut out dairy while breastfeeding because it caused bad tummy aches for the baby.



You could also try some infant tylenol or teething gel and see if that helps...



I'm sorry you are so overwhelmed. Some phases are just so stressful. Just keep doing what works for her..even if that means holding her and rocking for hours. It will pass eventually.

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