Sleeping

Jessica - posted on 11/01/2008 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My little girl is 7 months old and nursing like a fiend through the night. When she sleeps with us, my husband doesn't sleep well and therefore has been sleeping in the guest room for a month or more during the work week, so we tried moving her into her crib. She naps fine in there, but at night her sleep spans are shorter than even her naps and I am exhausted from getting up to nurse her... any suggestions? I would like to sleep with my husband, and I have to admit that when I am in bed without her it is "freeing".

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Kristi - posted on 11/18/2008

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Also - I have none parents to put two mattresses together on the floor. Hubby sleeps on one and babe and mom sleep on the other. Hubby doesnt wake b/c he cant feel all the movement and it still feels like you are sleeping next to your hubby. =) Wish we could do this but our room is too small. =)

Kristi - posted on 11/18/2008

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We put a futon on the floor by the bed and have been sleeping that way since my son was about 4 mo. old. I would go back and forth between the the bed and sleeping with the babe on the futon. Naturally, there were weeks when I would ONLY sleep on the futon but now I RARELY ever have to creep down there and he is now 15 mo. old. Seemed to me that he nursed like a fiend during growth spurts and developmental milestones and teething. Some days I would cry I was so tired but I stuck to it and never did cry it out. Now he sleeps through the night and is the only 15 mo old I know that tells me he needs to nap or sleep (by using sign). Good luck - it seems sleep is always an issue for us moms! Hang in there-it will pass!!!

Jessica - posted on 11/04/2008

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I've read the Dr Sears Baby Sleep Book from cover to cover and all I took away was a more positive mind set about her waking during the night. My husband has trouble sleeping because of her noises and we both sleep better when we can "splay" across the bed... I mean we have a CA King, yet a baby makes us feel physically confined :) I've been nursing her in bed since almost the beginning, but for the three nights (before exhaustion made me bring her back to our bed) last week I was getting up, nursing her and putting her back in her crib. My hubby was also missing our chat time at bedtime, because she is such a light sleeper we weren't able to do that... so anyhow... I'm thinking that if she can just stay asleep until after we go to bed we can bring her back in (like in the Dr Sears book), however she hasn't of late... we'll try the all night crib thing again when she is eating more solids.

Colette - posted on 11/02/2008

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My babe is 8 months old and we put her down in the pack and play in our room until she wakes up and then we put her in our bed. One piece of advice that I wish I had with my first two when they were nursing is to make myself comfortable first. I would try to make baby comfy and then squeeze myself in and wake up with aches and pains everywhere. Now, I make myself comfy with lots of pillow supports and then baby latches on. She is comfy in all sorts of positions because she is more flexible. I don't know if that is exactly the type of advice you are looking for, but maybe if you were more comfy you could sleep a little more while she nurses.

Also, wondering why hubby doesn't sleep well, is it because of her noises? Because of her movement? Or because he is afraid of rolling on her? Just wondering why baby is affecting hubby's sleep. If you can figure that out, maybe then you can solve more problems. If you have decided you want baby out of your bed, then you will have to think about reading Dr. Sears nighttime parenting book or if all else fails Elizbeth Pantley's No cry sleep solution book. They are both pretty good although I would read the Dr. Sears book first.

Good luck.

Lindsey - posted on 11/02/2008

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Have you thought about bringing her crib into your room (or just the mattress itself on your floor?
She's at an age where nursing through the night is still pretty important and there is a big growth spurt. If she is sleeping with you, why are you getting up to nurse her? Just roll over, and let her nurse, then go back to sleep. No reason to get completely up unless I've misunderstood something. :)

www.kellymom.com is great for nursing help!

Melissa - posted on 11/01/2008

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Hmmm.. thats a tough one. I've also been trying to get my daughter (almost 7 months old) to sleep in her crib, but no luck. She actually still sleeps in her bassinet next to my bed for the first half of the night! When she wakes up to nurse for the first time, I bring her to bed and fall back to sleep. She only sleeps on my side of the bed, so my husband really doesn't even know any different. As much as I love sleeping with her, I like to toss and turn freely, which I can't do when she's next to me.
And I can't bring myself to let her cry it out in her crib. I pretty much refuse to do that. I guess we can only keep trying to put them in their cribs and hope they eventually take to sleeping in them!
Sorry my suggestion isn't very helpful :)

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