My 6 month is a real monster! Do they have tantrums this early? She also hates sleep! Help! Tried everything!

Gemma - posted on 03/18/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My 25 week old baby girl is rapidly becoming a nightmare! She has always been fussy and loud, but it is just getting worse. She used to be a good sleeper, and really happy to nap during the day, but she is suddenly changing the routine! We think her reflux is getting worse, so sleep training is having to wait until she is on the right medication for it, but nightimes are the worst!! She is very aggressive, always kicking my tummy when I am trying to dry her after a bath, and is always unsettled.
After her bottle before bed, she becomes drowsy, for a few minutes, then boom, wakes up and wants to play! Trying to put her in her cot is also a trauma. She will not lie flat. Now we though it was due to relfux, but I am not too sure! She will back arch her way up to the very top of her cot, until her head is stuck against the top, and then she starts screaming. So it is hard to get her to sleep, and then if we manage to get her off, she wakes constantly. She is teething, but all the teething remedies do nothing!
I am at a loss. We have tried to stick to a routine, keep her nursery dark, not talk to her when feeding, try not to make bedtime stimulating, but nothing works. I found a lullaby video on you tube, and it made her cry.
I am a first time mum, and although I always expected it to be a challenge, it has been so very hard. Any advice or suggestions? I am struggling to cope.

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Kelsey - posted on 03/19/2013

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It could be another growth spurt or teething. I know my baby was a fuss bucket just before he started growing again.

Gemma - posted on 03/19/2013

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I am happy to wait a little while to try sleep training, but hope to have something working by the time I go back to work at the start of July. I may be working 12 hour shifts, and don't fancy doing them on 4 hours sleep!
I really am hoping that it is teeth. We have tried calprofen, teething gel and sachets. It is always a bit hit and miss. Last night she was awake every hour from 12:30am. I am used to it now, but I know it shouldn't stay like this. She cannot self soothe, and is just always unsettled. I am hoping a chat with the health visitor will help, although my experience of them is that they are always very vague in the advice they can give.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/18/2013

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Well, sleep training at that age is not recommended. It can harm them more than do good. Not that I ever agree with sleep training, just wanted to add that.

It could definately be teething. Have you tried ibuprofen? Can she have that?

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