Anyone having trouble with their little ones fighting to go to sleep?

Daisy - posted on 05/20/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My 8 month old baby boy used to fall asleep like clockwork at 7pm and now for two nights in a row he is fighting to sleep. Falls asleep almost at 10pm...I figured maybe because he is getting more mobile he wants to stand up and crawl but it is driving us nuts...

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Marji - posted on 06/03/2010

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Emily was born on 9/09 and she has always fought sleep. She thinks she is going to miss something I guess. I just try to keep my patience during her tired whining and make sure she has a full belly and a good bath and we always try to rock her to sleep. If that doesn't work I just let her play until she comes to me and usually collapses asleep on my chest. She has been crawling for over 2 months now and will be walking soon. She does still take 3 naps during the day and if we are lucky is in bed by 8:30 for the night. If we have her out all day in and out of the car and she misses a nap or 2 then she is up later and usually still wakes up by 7 am. Routine is very important and she has learned what happens next. For example we were at my parents' house last night and busy doing other things when she crawled into the bathroom and started "talking" loudly. We followed her and she was standing at the bathtub wanting in. It was an hour past her bath time...and she was getting us back on track. lol

Sara - posted on 06/03/2010

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My son is doing the same thing! For about the last 2 weeks he just keeps fighting sleep, like last night we put him down around 745 and he woke up at 815 and we got him back down but then he woke up at 945 and was ready to play and didn't want to go to sleep at all. He was climbing all over me! He's also getting some teeth, so I think it's either that or that he wants to practice getting around and wakes himself up! And the night before last he wouldn't go to sleep until after 10 at all! Either way, I'm hoping it's just a short phase :)

D'Lorah - posted on 06/03/2010

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Mine is doing the same thing. He used to fall asleep so well in a glider or swing. Now that he can roll to his belly that's how he wants to sleep so he gets cranky in the swing. I try putting him in the crib but he doesn't know how to put himself to sleep yet. I share your frustration. I hope it will get better for you.

Wendy - posted on 05/24/2010

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What I have learned from a baby sleep consultant is that if your baby is having trouble falling asleep or waking up earlier than they used to than you need to adjust their nap schedule. I baby that is 8 months old should only be awake around 2.5 to 3 hours. My son can only stay awake for 2.5 hours if I try to keep him up longer his nap will be shorter and he will wake up earlier the next morning. Also he kept waking up early recently and she told me to cut out the middle of the night feeding so I did. He took to it pretty well only cried 20 minutes the first night, slept through the second, cried 3 minutes the 3rd night, and then has slept through just fine ever since and now he is sleeping in an hour longer than he was before.

Daisy - posted on 05/21/2010

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Betty,
Thank you because now i know i'm not the only one. He does the same thing your daughter does, he falls asleep in the car and wakes up wherever we are at the moment. Sometimes i figure also that he's growing and doesn't maybe need to sleep so early but he just fights it. I do the same thing, if after 3 hours he's still awake i start settling him down. Thanks for your feedback i do appreciate it and your little girl is beautiful..

Betty - posted on 05/21/2010

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Hi Daisy,



My daughter has been like that for a while. Ever since she's more mobile as well. Usually if she's struggling is because she's overly tired. Even as she falls asleep she's tries to keep her eyes open to see what's happening.



What I've been doing is try to put her to sleep if she's been up for 3 hrs. She always sleeps in my car and wakes up when the car stops. It's quite funny.



So I'm in the same shoes as you.

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