5 month old sleep issues

Louise - posted on 10/27/2016 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hi,

I'm new to this forum.
I wanted to see if I can get any advice on this...I've always had issues with regards to sleep and my now 5.5 month old. Lately she has cut back to 3 naps right on cue but her naps and awake time are still a hit and miss kind of thing.
These past 2 days she had 2 short naps one morning, and the other around noon, then she will have this massive long nap for her 3rd one. Not too sure if it's becoming a super early bed time (around 3/4pm) as when she wakes up she's very fussy and all. Her total daytime sleep added up to 3.5 hours but then we had this horrible night where she woke up at 12 for her bottle, then wouldn't settle back down till 5:15am! She woke up SO many times I lost count..and I'm saying like 15/20 times for sure!

What can I do about this? It's very difficult as it then screws up the whole day because she will wake up tired, I'm never too sure about her actual wake up time, and she will want to start her first nap early or if I push her she will be overtired. It's driving me crazy..I fix naps and night sleep goes out the window. I try to limit naps to fix night sleep and everything's a whole mess! Oh and she's only been drinking four 4oz bottles and one 5oz. Not too sure what happened.

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Louise - posted on 10/29/2016

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Wow that's very difficult! I guess the consecutive sleep helps a bit though, rather than up and down all night long.
I cannot seem to find any rough pattern that sticks..she'll go 2 days doing this, then 2 days switches up everything, etc. It's very confusing not keeping to an estimated time for feeds and makes it that much harder to start some pureed food. I tried but she was fussing to have a nap. She's back to sleeping a lot during the day now (yesterday was 4.5 hours total, today she has already napped for 2+ hours and it's still 1pm) then I'm thinking she's looking for an early bedtime because she fusses so much at 6/6:30! I cannot imagine what time she would wake up then as it's already bad between 3-6am when she sleeps at 7:15/7:30!

Ev - posted on 10/28/2016

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My oldest was sleeping 8 ours a night from 3 weeks on. She was in my room so I would know if she was awake. Also my son was different. He was up and down all night the first couple months from being breast fed. He also chose Sunday nights to be up all night long. He did no sleep through the nigh until nearly a year and then had issues with ear infections for several months and up and down until after a year of age. At age 4 he would stay up o 12 am and sleep to 6 am and then nap from 1 to 3 in the afternoon or so. to this day he still does no sleep lots and is 19.

Louise - posted on 10/27/2016

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Thank you for your reply.
No she seems okay, as she wakes up happy even in the middle of the night =D I do think she's teething somewhat but no definite signs yet, just the constant mouthing and dribble. I try to give her cold teethers and if I see that it's really annoying her I'll use some teething gel.
Yesterday she changed her pattern so that threw my theory out the window haha but she was still fussy at 6:30. As we had to go out she then slept at 7:15. I do think though that for her an 11hr night is impossible at this stage and it seems like her ideal wake up is 5:54 (why oh why haha)...as you say she's still young and not every baby is the same =)
I do dream of one day sleeping through at least half the night in consecutive hours =D

Ev - posted on 10/27/2016

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She is only 5.5 months old. Her sleep habits are going to change a lot during the first year and there is not a lot you can do about it. Is she teething? Is she coming down with sniffles or feeling awful for some reason? When teething or feeling sick or just off a baby will have irate sleep times. It is normal for sleep patterns to change anyhow. You have to just go with the flow. If she does not feel or seem better in a few days a trip to her doc might be necessary.

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