Kelly - posted on 04/06/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )
My 5 month old is a terrible night sleeper. I understand not all babies are good sleepers but I am getting so frustrated. She is tired, she shows all the cues and usually falls asleep when being fed (I am breast feeding but we've started trying a bottle of formula before bed now). As soon as you move her from your lap to bed, she wakes up and is instantly wide awake again. We have tried rocking her and same thing, when you move her she's awake. She has a soother which is the bain of my existence - she wants it but as soon as it falls out, she screams for it. She now rolls on to her belly but that wakes her up and again, more screaming.
She is not in pain, she is not hungry (we've tried feeding her more and that's not it) and she's dry. She just won't sleep!
She is usually unsettled from 8-11pm when I feed her again. Some nights she'll eat and go right back to sleep for about 5-6 hours. Other night, she's awake for another hour or two before she finally falls asleep again. Again her morning feed, she's still tired but wakes up and fights it until around 7am when she falls asleep again.
If I put her in the swing, she'll sleep up to four hours in the afternoon so I know she's tired from this current pattern. It's killing me because I'm not getting more then 5 hours at night and I spend all evening trying to settle her.
We have a routine at bedtime, she has a 2 yr old sister so we're on a good schedule but that doesn't seem to help! I just don't know what to do.