fighting sleep

Mylenda - posted on 07/30/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My daughter is going on 6 weeks old, and she has been fighting going to sleep for the past few days. I feel worn out because I have tried just about everything that I know to help her, but nothing seems to work. does anyone have any suggestions on what I can do to help mt little one drift into dream land???

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Tiffany - posted on 07/30/2009

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There have been told so many things I was told to try. A car ride if you can. A solid routine. The sounds of a vacume, fan, or soft music. Putting them in their car seat and set them on the dryer cause the vibrations soothe them. A warm bath with camamille and lavender. Lavender body lotion. A massage, storking out wards (Ex. From shoulder down to hands, plams out to fingers, heal to toes, thigh to ankles) A little rice cereal in their bottle, don't know if thats okay for a 6 week old. Make sure they are not suffering from colic and gas. And the harder of all let them work it out, check on them but don't keep picking them up. I don't know if that's something many agree with but a lot of people gave me the advise to just let them fuss til they fall asleep, it didn't work for me cause at the most I let her cry for 45min and I couldn't do it anymore, not at that age. Every baby is different and what works for one won't always work for another, good luck.

Cortnie - posted on 07/30/2009

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Getting a bed time routine down is big starting point. (example)dinner,bath, story and then bed time. The fussing and fighting sleep is normal at this age. Start working on a routine. And just a little hint... warm bath, right before bed helps baby relax and fall asleep. I would try Bath, then bottle, then bed ;)

Teri-Lyn - posted on 07/30/2009

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i usually put my son in his stroller n take a 10-15 min walk, he's usually asleep within the first few mins

Nashell - posted on 07/30/2009

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I would personally start training her to learn to fall asleep on her own. Establish a routine. dinner, bath, reading, and then bottle if you give one with bed. My daughter also uses a musical toy. It will be over whelming at first because your baby will fight it, but trust me in the long run nap and bed time will be easy.

Daisha - posted on 07/30/2009

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there are lots of things to try. for most kids a routine is a great way: 15minutes of warm sudsy bath time, get dressed, 5 minutes of song/story time, and then tuck in lights out. it usually takes about a week for the routine to set but having the routine helps immensely because they know what to expect as you go through it. she is only 6 weeks old so this is a great time to invent and implement some kind of routine that works for your home.

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