My daughter is 9 weeks old and won't sleep during the day for more then 5 mins

Audrey - posted on 06/23/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Is there any way i can get her to settle and sleep during the day? everytime i put her down when she falls asleep, she wakes up within 5minutes screaming.

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Audrey - posted on 06/23/2010

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I have a swing but she doesn't seem to settle in that. she will sleep fine up until 11am then she only has 5-10min cat naps and gets very grizzly she'll have a feed fall asleep but if i put her down she will wake up. but she seems to be tired and falls asleep if i am rocking her she doesn't have a pacifier she'll sleep 6-7 hours of a night i've tried staying home all day to get her to nap but she wont.

Olivia - posted on 06/23/2010

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you might be putter her down to soon, babies go to sleep different then adults we start of in deep sleep and then go to light sleep then deep sleep throughout the night. Babies start in light sleep and it last for about 45 minutes. Try one time out of the day, like the time of the day where you would like rest, put on some music or a movie and just let her sleep on you for a while until she wakes up.

Nellie - posted on 07/11/2010

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This isn't an actual solution, it just helps a little. Get Johnson Bedtime Bath Kit. It comes with shampoo, body wash, and baby powder and the natural scent helps relax them. I think it's lavender or something like that. But this stuff just helps, it doesn't actually work 100%.

Erica - posted on 06/23/2010

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try putting a fan in her room. Not facing her or moving air anywhere near her, just as white noise. a little fan will do. at night, people don't move around as much. during the day there are different noises in the house. a fan will drown them out. i found out my son needs one when he was 10 months old, before that, i didn't even CONSIDER that we were too noisy, lol! he sleeps much better now.

Sarah - posted on 06/23/2010

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how long are you keeping her up???? in between feedings..she could be overtired or not tired enough?? my son was doing the same thing and it usually means one of the two.. I often have to let him tell me when he is tired like a yawn, before i try and put him down.. he is 7 weeks tomorrow.. i think this is just a hard time for little ones.. you think they are supposed to sleep all the time, but they have such a hard time doing it..

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Denise - posted on 07/11/2010

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my son is now almost 6 months when we first came home from the hospital he would sleep non stop But as the weeks got on he was awake more and more and sleeping less and less now don't get me wrong i know babies do that but when it got to the stay when he was waking every 1.5 to 2 hours 24 hours a day day in day out my for little was so over tired he could not sleep when he was tired i did everything from sleeping with him proped up on the couch to walking him around the house for several hours in the pram to tummy drops you name i did it to get three hours sleep my husband would come home from work and take douglas for a walk so i could go to sleep with out hearing him being upset three hours total sleep you can just get by on it

any way enough was enough i googled everything i could think of and came up with
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i can't say how much this book has helped me other to say
my beautiful happy sleeping baby son is now sleeping 12 hours a night (only waking a little but resettles easy) and 2 x 2 hours sleeps during the day

Belinda - posted on 07/05/2010

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You need to try and figure out why, babies that age dont play up without a reason. our little girl was the same and it drove me insane i couldnt go anywhere or do anything. At first they said it was collic then one day my plunket nurse said it was silent reflux and to try gaviscon. Silent reflux is when they are sick and swallow it back down again, they dont settle dont like lying flat, get hicups alot, cough alot look it up and see if the symptoms fit. Gaviscon did help but made her terribly constipated so they put her on ranitidine (zantac) which worked for a week then back to square one then they put her on losec which helps but not enough for her to be able to sleep more than an hour at a time day and night. After doing some research myself i found her symptoms fitted milk protein intolerance so after switching her to a soy formula she changed overnight and we havnt looked back. If your breastfeeding you could try cutting the dairy out of your diet and see if that helps. Also it could be just wind, if your breastfeeding you can take a pill once a day called fennel tablets which takes the wind out of you so you dont pass it on through your milk or if your bottle feeding you could try dr brown bottles or infacol some people like gripe water too. Its all trial and error and you will have to try one thing at a time before you can figure out what the problem is but its the only way. In the mean time try putting her in a swing or bouncer like others have suggested or carrying her in a sling. Good luck its not nice I hope you work it out soon.

Jessica - posted on 07/01/2010

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He did really well holding his head up and moving it from side to side on his tummy when he was awake during tummy time, so I tried it. My mom was the one who talked me into it saying that me and my three siblings all slept on our bellies as babies. Mine only knaws at his hands when he is hungry. He won't eat much more just an ounce usually. Something you might try I guess. WIll she keep a paci in her mouth?

Audrey - posted on 06/24/2010

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she is always knawing at her hands, yeah ive heard of gripe water but not colic calm im too scared if i put her to sleep on her belly she'll suffocate herself.

Jessica - posted on 06/24/2010

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That Colic calm works for reflux as well. It is basically a gripe water if you have heard of that. Does she knaw at her hands or slobber all over your shirt? (I used to work for child protective services and saw way too much) and as much as I did not want to do it, I was at my wits ends. I started to have him sleep on his belly during the day and I would check on him every couple of minutes being paranoid, He loves it and feels more secure, he will not sleep any other way. Might be worth a shot.

Audrey - posted on 06/23/2010

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she sleeps on her side, have been told she doesn't have colic but she does have reflux.

Jessica - posted on 06/23/2010

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Is she colicky? I struggled with this for a while as well. I have been kind of using the baby wise book. It has helped me tremendously. It follows the schedule of sleep then wake up and immediately eat followed by about another 30 min (sometimes longer) of awake time. This teaches the child not to need a bottle to fall asleep. Come to find out I was not feeding him enough so after 30 min of his play time he was hungry again. I would put him down for his nap and 15 min later he would wake up hungry. I add 1 to 1 1/2 oz of formula to the breastmilk now and that seems to keep him fuller for longer. However he is also colicky at the end of the day and just wants to cry. I purchased colic calm and it is a life saver, has helped a lot with his belly being so upset. Does she sleep on her back?

Jessica - posted on 06/23/2010

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It could be a few things. Is she on a sleep/feed/awake time schedule or a sleep/awake time/feed schedule? Put simplier does she eat right before she goes to sleep? Just wondering if she is still hungry after playing a bit. If you are breast feeding I would not give her a pacifier. Does she sleep at least 15 min. or is it always less? Is it only certain times of the day? Post more info and what you have tried.

Julie - posted on 06/23/2010

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Have you tried a swing? My daughter was like that and she would fall asleep in the swing or the bouncy seat

Amanda - posted on 06/23/2010

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Sometimes a swing is very helpful. Also not grabbing her as soon as she cries because sometimes you need to get them settle down. Also my baby loves his pacifier that has been a lifesaver and gets hime to sleep 8 hours at night:)

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