6 month old new sleep problem

Mary - posted on 12/15/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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she has been a pretty easy sleeper until about a week ago .i am a single mom so i am the only one who gets up with her, She would fuss in the night but usually replacing the paci would put her back to sleep. But for the last week or so she has been waking up at 6, normally up between 8 n 9. but now 6! to eat. to eat then play then go back to bed for an hour. Her naps used to be 2 to 3 hours long, now they are an hour tops.

I tried everything was trying less naps in the day to trying to exhaust her and keep her up till a certain time. She would go to bed around 10 ( normally when i got off work ) but now insist on a 8pm bedtime. IDK what to do. I am pulling my hair out waking up a dozen times at night to do the paci thing and then lay back down only to get up again in a little while. No sleep is making me in for a cranky momma also. And it isnt her fault i know it isnt but.....: head desk : momma needs sleep kid!

any heelp would be great.

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Sara - posted on 12/16/2009

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I noticed someone suggested the b-12 drops, I would try those. I think they work. Although, my son is 15 months and will still go through phases of not sleeping for a few nights. Sometimes he has gas problems, sometimes I don't know what it is. It sounds crazy, but when my son has longer naps during the day he slept better through the night and slept in later in the morning. I think as Mom's we are just expected to have less sleep.

Tanya - posted on 12/16/2009

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My one year old son was doing the same. I hardly got any sleep and he wouldnt even take a nap through the day. I took him to my chiropractor and bub had a small lower back problem that kept him uneven in his sleep routine. A few visits and he sleeps now like a baby should. Maybe try that. The chiropractor said he often deals with babies that dont sleep.

Gwen - posted on 12/15/2009

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If my daughter doesn't get her nap, or the schedule gets messed up, she sleeps worse at night. So, I'd try and stay consistent w/ nap and bedtime. We went through the same thing around 5-6 months. It could be growth spurt, teething, etc. Have you ever tried taking the pacifier away from her? Start w/ nap time before you try it at night. Give her a blankie, or some other comfort that she can't "lose" in bed. Or, go the opposite route and put 5 pacis in her bed so she can always find one :-)

Also, let her cry for 5-10 minutes to see if she settles herself before you intervene. Maybe she'll locate the lost paci on her own... I know I was sometimes guilty of jumping in too quickly.

Tracy - posted on 12/15/2009

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Our naturopathic doc recommended b-12 drops. It helps them stay in a normal sleep pattern. Check it out.

Kristen - posted on 12/15/2009

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She may be going through a growth spurt. All three of mine would go through that every so often. It didn't usually last for more than a couple of weeks. I would feed them a little bit when they woke up during the night, then they would go back to sleep and sleep fine. Sometimes though, they get used to waking up and like the comfort of being held and eating or nursing and you may have to break that habit if it seems to go on for longer than a couple of weeks. Also, if they're waking up early during a nap, they may just be waking up during the REM sleep, which is really common. If that's what is happening, they'll go back to sleep if left alone.

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