I need serious help with my 4 and a half months old sleeping at night

Danielle Kimberly - posted on 11/28/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Let me start off by saying that when my LO was 6 weeks old she started sleeping through the night... She would go to bed at 7pm and sleep straight through t'ill 5:30am. This stopped when she turned 3 months old, she started waking a few times a night. I was bothered by it at first, but understood that it was normal. She is now 4 and a half months and I can't get her to sleep past midnight. She goes down for the night at 6:30pm. We always have a bedtime routine: bath, rice cereal (I just started this a week ago), bottle, burp, book then bed. We've had this routine since she was about a month old. For the past month, she has been waking at midnight and then she is up anywhere from every hour, maybe every 2 hours. What can I do to get her to sleep?? I have tried waking her for a feeding before I go to bed, I recently started rice cereal (that worked for the first night), more/less sleep throughout the day, trying to keep her awake a bit past her bedtime, crying it out (I was soo tired that for 2 nights in a row, I let her cry about 20 min before I went to her), putting a humidifier in her room (we have wood heat), changing her bed sheets twice a week..everything I can think of. When she wakes, most of the time she will eat and go back to sleep. She will eat anywhere form 2-5oz at a time. She has never taken to the soother, believe me I have tried, she is a thumb sucker. I have tried giving her a "comfort blanky" in the crib. She already has her 2 bottom teeth, its been weeks since they pierced the gums and are pretty much full grown, so I can't see teething still bothering her. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 11/28/2012

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Well, if she is rubbing her eyes to show you she is tired, do something with her ti keep her awake. Color, play on the floor etc. If you can keep her awake for one extra hour in the am, it could change her sleeping patterns. As she gets a bit older, it will be easier. It does sound like she is just sleeping to much and to frequent during the daytime. Longer durations between waking and nap time will help. But definitely start putting her to sleep later than 6:30 pm. It is hard to do, but you can do it! And nap when she naps. That will save your sanity!

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Danielle Kimberly - posted on 12/04/2012

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Just wanted to let you know that I have dropped her early morning nap and won't let her sleep past 2pm and it has made a world of difference. She wakes only 1-2 times a night and is up for the morning between 6:30-7 am. She stills goes down at 6:30pm but this works great for our family. This gives me the time to finish up my day and spend some quiet time with the hubby. I am a morning person so being up early doesn't bother me at all. Thanks a million for your advise!!

Danielle Kimberly - posted on 11/28/2012

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I normally let her decide when she wants to take her naps and for how long. She is unable to stay up longer than 2-3 hours at most.. She rubs her eyes, yawns and gets extremely cranky if she doesn't go to sleep. I have tried to "schedule" her naps.. If I wake her before she is ready to wake, I usually end up with an extremely cranky baby and the only way to make her "happy" is to put her back to sleep. She normally has an hour nap around 7:30 (she is up at 6:30 for the day), she then has another nap around 10-11 which lasts from 30min-2 hours (it depends on her) and then she has an afternoon nap around 2-3 which lasts from 30min-2 hours (it depends on her). I have tried to wake her an hour after she goes down for her afternoon nap, but she gets tired after being awake for 2-3 hours, she will cry until I put her to bed. She has days where she will only have 2-3 45min naps a day and I find those are the worst nights to follow. She was slightly colic until 3 months and she had her witching hour usually around supper time and she would cluster feed, but has stopped doing so, this is when she started waking several times a night. I guess my question is now how do I get her to stay awake longer??

~♥Little Miss - posted on 11/28/2012

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But SHORT nap in the late afternoon, and longer nap in the morning.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 11/28/2012

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You are probably just putting her to sleep to early and giving her to many naps during the day or just letting her sleep to long during the naps. If she is taking 2 naps right now that is good, but they should not be more than a couple of hours for each. Bedtime, try putting her down around 8 or 9 and see if that helps. It may take time for her to adjust to the new schedule, and she may continue to wake up in the middle of the night for a bit, but eventually this well help. She also could be starting to teeth more and you just don't see them...., which as you know is very painful and can keep them up at night. BUT adding rice to her cereal to get her to sleep longer is never a good idea. Rice cereal is pretty bad for them. CIO at this age is also to young. She is still just an infant, and self soothing should not be her priority, that is the parents job to sooth.



Just get her on a good schedule. Wake up around 7, nap around 11, then another around 3-4 then bed around 9.

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