Chelsea - posted on 01/03/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )
hi fellow young mummies!
i have 2 beautiful daughters both whom are VERY different from each other.my first daughter was the most perfect baby,i was blessed and soo lucky.but second time around i feel as though ive been cursed or that karma has got me as my first was such an angel compared to the new addition.ive googled "why wont my baby sleep","tips on getting baby to sleep" etc etc..BUT NOTHING HELPS AS YET!
as i mentioned earlier,shes 8 months old,she has slept with me since the day she was born and about a month ago i put her cot right next to my bed and she has slept in it quite well during the day but not at night.even when she is sleeping right next to me she still wakes atleast 7 times during the night/morning.shes a dummy baby also,but only when shes sleeping-not while shes awake.she is teething at the moment but even before she was teething she was restless all the time.i fed her rice cereal at 9 weeks of age as my mother reccommended it to fill her belly up so she would sleep longer but to my dismay that didnt help either.she was also on thickened formula up until she was 6 months old.she eats all day plus her bottles.she has anywhere from 1-3 naps a day,lasting anywhere from 20 mins to 2 hours.i do have both my girls in a routine.eldest is in bed by 8pm (shes 4 1/2).ive used lavender scented oils in the bedroom,its dark all the time,lavender bedtime bubble bath,bath her before bed,she has a comfort toy she sleeps with.when shes having a teething episode i give her nurofen.i rub her belly,arms,feet & face with my finger tips to settle her down.she fights going to sleep also.even taking her in the car to fall asleep is a failure as she hates the car period!she did enjoy being wrapped when she was younger but as she got a bit older wasnt too phased with it.the only way she would sleep during the day from when she was born till about 4 months was in my arms then i made my partner go and buy a swinging battery operated chair.im not one to let her cry either to which my partner says i spoil her and thats why shes a sook,but i disagree!
im so tired and grumpy and so not motivated to do anything during the day.i dont smoke or drink,im a stay at home mum.shes also a mummys girl,is attached to me all day,everyday.her daddy is at work before we get up and because she sleeps with us hes grumpy as he has got to go to work and gets constantly awoken by her restlessness...
im exhausted.i feel so old,i feel like a bad mum.my mother said maybe shes just not a sleeping kind of kid?my other daughter sleeps 12 hours everyday,never had a dummy or comforter,slept with us til she was 15 months old but was never restless and still has naps during the day.
im starting to think maybe its got something to do with her development in the womb?as i was very stressed while pregnant with her-relocating house for a better hospital,plus i was pregnant during summer?
im totally opened to ANY suggestions!tell me something that WORKED for you and your baby.THANK YOU SO MUCH LADIES!