Difficulties getting baby to nap AND sleep regression (?) at night

Emma - posted on 02/03/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Can anyone offer any advice or just simply share their experiences with this?

My son is now 16 weeks old. Lately his sleep seems to have gotten worse. There was a glorious point in time ( a few weeks around Christmas) where he frequently slept 6-8 hrs straight a night, woke for a feeding then went down for another 2-3 hrs. Lately he's started waking in the middle of the night, often having pooped (he never used to do this in the night before) and then again at 4-5 (I usually feed him for about 45 mins to an hour when he wakes), then 6-7. It doesn't happen every night. Some nights he manages a long stretch of 5 hours, sometimes 7 but it's just so sporadic now and the pooping in the night is new (he's also pooping less in the day).



He's also very difficult to put down for a nap in the day. Ive only just started paying attention to this since he was getting grouchy and I figured that's what it was - he was tired. He used to just sleep in the day on people/in his stroller and occasionally his crib but I'm trying to make a concerted effort to work out a rhythm for him and get him used to sleeping in his crib for naps. He's a cat napier and seems to only manage 1 hrs sleep max but that's when we're lucky. I try to follow his cues and look for signs of tiredness but he seems to need do much help getting down now. I sometimes nurse him to sleep (I always nurse him down at night) but sometimes that doesn't work and he just wants to be rocked to sleep with music. I try putting him down when he's drowsy but he just wales right up and gets fussy. I try laying hands on to soothe him but this doesn't work and he becomes more awake. I try holding him till he's in a deeper sleep then laying him down and sometimes he still only sleeps for 15-30 mins. The last two days I've tried nursing him lying down on our bed then letting him just sleep next to me but yesterday I was so tired I really fell asleep and I'm so worried I could roll on him so I really don't want to co-sleep.



Does anyone else nurse/rock their baby to sleep and have similar issues? Is anyone with the same age baby also having issues? I don't really want to have to nurse him to sleep at night but this is the only way he'll go to sleep and leaving him to cry it out is just not an option for us.

Thanks in advance

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Emma - posted on 02/04/2012

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Also - just to update... I tried just shushing him yesterday once he woke up but it didn't work. Since he knows I'm there he just gets more aroused and often starts smiling at me and trying to engage with me. I've tried picking him back up and rocking him but once he's awake it's like that's it! Game over! He's so hard to get back to sleep without nursing. Even the rocking/swaying doesnt seem to work once he's woken up. I must say also, he's just generally a really cuddly baby. He would rather be held most of the time. We go out with him in his stroller (I bought one that lays flay especially do that his spine wouldn't be put in a crooked shape while he was so young) but every time we go out, at some point, sometimes not long after we've set off, he fusses and I have to pick him up and carry him - upright too so he can see over my shoulder! He doesn't like the carrier though, perhaps because he can't see. You know I think he just hates to miss out on anything! Haha! He's so inquisitive and social. He smiles at everyone! :-)

Emma - posted on 02/04/2012

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Kristy - yes I do swaddle him but not usually for naps because I was hoping to wean him off it. Also it's so hard to get his temperature right. We live in Hawaii and while we have AC I don't want to have it running full blast all day and night. He has outgrown his swaddleme wrap although I still use it at night along with another thin blanket swaddled on top because over the course of the night he would definitely get out of one blanket (we have the AC turned down at night to compensate). Its also disruptive having to swaddle him. In the day I'd have to change his clothes then swaddle him which is all so stimulating. I will try again and I will also buy a bigger sized swaddleme wrap. Swaddling seems necessary for him at night, although Ive never had the guts to try him in just a footie (I was going to try this last night but it was taking so long to get him to settle that I gave up and swaddled him and that seemed to calm him right down). I am just trying to prepare for when he learns to roll from back to front, although I think we have a few months before that happens. He obviously can't be swaddled once he can do that. I guess we'll have a lot of sleepless nights when that happens!

Kristy - posted on 02/04/2012

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Have you tried swaddling bub for sleep. You can buy wraps now that are so much easier to put bub in to sleep as they are designed to keep bub feeling safe and secure and like they are still in the womb. You can google baby wraps and it will come up with all different types. Babies also go through sleep cycles and will wake frequently, usually after 30 mins. Maybe if you can get b ub to self settle then when he wakes up he will settle back to sleep. Sorry i am not much help, good luck.

Belinda - posted on 02/03/2012

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Keep working on the naps Emma, children wake up partially around the 20-30 minute mark of a nap, and then need to work to get themselves back to sleep. sit with him for about 30 minutes if you can, and soothe him, if you find that touching him alerts him then try shushing him, or maybe your presence will help. Once he can put himself back to sleep he should start sleeping longer. In the meantime just keep putting him down to sleep whenever he is tired.



The easiest time to put him down to fall asleep drowsy but awake is at night, once he has got this down naptimes will become easier!

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