Bed time issues!

Marty - posted on 05/25/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I have a beautiful 4.5 month old and I'm not quite happy with her bedtime routine... She goes to sleep at random times... sleeps for random hours long, and wakes up randomly.
Any suggestions, would be helpful, including but not limiting to own personal experiences on your bed time routines to help her sleep..
I can tell you that she sleeps with her favourit blanket, a soother, and prefers sleeping on her side..
When she wakes up in the middle of the night tossing and turning, putting her back on her side and the soother back in her mouth USUALLY helps.. usually...
Any takers? Thanks!

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Erin - posted on 05/25/2010

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Hi Martine, i read the most amazing book called Save our Sleep. They recommend the following routine for your bubba. Bath time at 5.30 and then feed at 6-6.20. Bedtime is then at 7pm everynight even if wide awake. Baby will learn to self sooth and then sleep. Wake baby at 10.20 for a dream feed ( baby will usually feed while dozing or still asleep, but make sure there is no stimulation such as lights and noise). Baby should only wake up for one more feed if any at all. The book also says to wake at 7am every morning regardless if last feed was at 5.30am. Its good to start bubs on a full tummy at the same time every morning. I started using these routines for my 8 week old as he was getting up every hour. and now find he's getting up the same time every night and only twice. Its like his body clock is now set. Hope this helps. Good Luck!

Katie - posted on 05/25/2010

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Does she like sleeping on her tummy the most? if so, let her. When my son was born, he always wanted to sleep on his tummy. I on the other hand was scared because of SIDS. So i slept beside him until he was about 3 months. He still woke up like 2 times throughout the night to eat but that was it. He started sleeping through the night when he was 4 months old. Also a good way to get them to sleep well is to make their belly full about 30 minutes before bed. Maybe try giving her some rice cereal for a snack before she goes to bed. hope this helps.

Kristen - posted on 05/25/2010

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my suggestion would be pick a bedtime that works for you and some sort of a routine to let her know what's coming up next, like bath, book, feeding. Does she go to sleep on her own? If not I would put her down while she is still awake so that she can learn to soothe herself back to sleep. With my kids when they would wake up I would go in to check on them and put them back in and they had to learn to go to sleep on their own. If she is still feeding during the night, maybe you should choose a feeding time and stick with that until she can make it through the night without it. This is what I did with both of my children, hope you can find something that works for you. Good luck!

Selina - posted on 05/25/2010

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my son would sleep on his swing form 2months to about 5 months he didnt like sleeping anywer else and he of course loves sleeping with my husband n i but we try to limit him on that but the i fhad not had my baby swing he would have never slept

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