My 7 week old fights bedtime HELP!

Margaret - posted on 09/12/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )




Help! Seriously! I have a 7 week old daughter who refuses to sleep at bedtime. So here's the story. She was able to go to bed between 9pm- 1030 pm since we brought her home up until last week. When it comes to bedtime, she has all the signs of being tired and when trying to put her to bed like the usual way she just won't sleep. She would cry she would fuss. She's so tired she won't breast feed. At some point she eventually does. Sometimes she will sleep but wakes up10-15 minutes later crying. It's very frustrating because she's up until 1 am sometimes until 230am. But thankfully once she does sleep at least she sleeps for a good 5 hours or so then wakes up has a drink then back to bed for another 3 hours. This just started, rocking swaddling dim lights bath I do everything lots of love and patience, she still doesn't want to sleep at bedtime. She's so overtired that she can't seem to settle. I battle it out with her for a good 5 or 6 hours. Is anyone else going through the same thing? Any advice? She just finally settled to bed @ 2:03 am to be exact. Yikes.


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Margaret - posted on 09/13/2012




She also has a hard time settling for naps during the day, sometimes only one nap for 30 mins.

Bobbie - posted on 09/12/2012




You must be so tired too. I haven't been there exactly but I see signs that things may be altered slightly to adjust to her new needs. At seven weeks she doesn't really have a bedtime. It is your bedtime :) So to sooth her I suggest you try the following.

~ do her bathing or other routine at 7 pm and put her down as you normally did later. She won't be so over tired and will hopefully settle down faster. ]

~at this young age they are just beginning to need a lot of eye contact and stimulation by talking to them. Add that little bit of play time just before you feed her.

~ Switch things up, try not to be so set on getting her on a so called schedule just yet. You and she both need to find your rhythm and what works

My granddaughter is 9 weeks old and already has changed her sleep / wake cycle from every 4 hours to every 6 hours. She was eating every 3 hours at first and sleeping long hours during the day. But now my daughter in law wakes her after she has slept just 3 hours during the day so that she eats, coos and plays in the 4th hours and then falls back to sleep. This is setting her up to be tired, but not overly tired by her last feeding before allowing her to sleep until she wakes in the night. She tells me she still quietly changes her after 6 hours and feeds her, even if she just wants a little drink, then she falls back to sleep until morning.

Good luck.

Gee ~ wouldn't it have been great if they had come with instructions?

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