How can i help my baby sleep better at night she is 5 months and just wants to play most of the night.

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Tara - posted on 01/23/2009

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The best way that I found to get my babies to sleep is to have them on a routine... when they are still on the bottle... I would give them a nice warm bath with the night time bath soap... lotion them up with the night time lotion...giving them a nice massage in the process... then after they are all wore out from crying give them a nice warm bottle ..my kids were so tired afrer that they usually wouldnt finish their bottle....afer they hit a year old I would give them warm 2% milk out of a sippy cup instead of a bottle...Though i never put them to bed with ne thing to drink... I always held them ... I hope this helps!!

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Candice - posted on 01/24/2009

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Thank you for all the suggestions i will be trying them I hope that one will work.

Shayleen - posted on 01/23/2009

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My son is 5 months old and he thinks that at 4:30 am that is play time...so recently after he gets up and eats i tell him it time to go to bed, tuck him in and tell him i'll get him in the morning. Sometimes he cries...and i will let him for 10-15 min, than go back in and tell him he's okay and it's time for bed. he falls asleep pretty quick.



The best advice that i ever got was to let your baby learn how to soothe herself. it will do wonders in the long run.

Bethany - posted on 01/23/2009

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I find that if I talk softly to my child he goes to sleep easier. Just saying things like "mommy loves you, and if you need me just cry, and ill be here". Just positive things like that. good luck!

Jessica - posted on 01/23/2009

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Every baby is different, but mine is 3 months almost 4 months and has been sleeping through the night (10pm - 8am) since she was 2 months. Something I read, or was told somewhere is to not feed them and then put them to sleep. Feed them, give them enough time to digest their food (while awake). Then put them to sleep. So for instance ... My daughter wakes up at 8am, I feed her, let her play for an hour or two. Then she gets tired - and will sleep for 3 or so hours. Then we repeat that process all day. Then I feed her at about 8:30 or 9pm, let her play until 10 or ten thirty then I tell her it is time for bed, and put her to bed - she may talk to herself for a little bit, or cry for a minute, but then she is out ALL night. Also, I'm not sure if this has anything to do with it; but she had to sleep in her car seat for a few months because she had extreme acid reflux (caused her to stop breathing on several occasions) - so she was supposed to sleep sitting up. But now she sleeps in bed - and still sleeps all the way through the night.

User - posted on 01/23/2009

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OH, and as far as, don't let her sleep TOO much during the day... IMO, from the research I've done... naps are an IMPORTANT part of children being able to sleep well at night. If my DD doesn't get her good nap time(s) than I know the night is not going to go well.

User - posted on 01/23/2009

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If she's not crying, just playing, I would leave her alone until she gets tired and falls asleep...



If she's fussing, we did the Dr. Sears method, it worked beautifully, and I've known many other moms who did the same.



Ferber Method



 



 



 



One of the most important things in getting your baby to sleep properly is for baby to learn to sleep on his or her own. The reason it is so difficult for many parents - why parents of a newborn suffer from so many sleepless nights - is because your baby, at first, isn't used to sleeping on his own, and when he wakes up in the night he cries for his mother: being in the presence of his mother is only way he knows how to get to sleep. It is natural that this transition from sleeping with the mother, to sleeping on his own, will take some time for your baby. Many baby sleep tips involve setting up a strict nighttime routine, and introducing objects - such as stuffed animals - into the bed that your baby can associate with sleep. If you find after some months that your baby is still not able to sleep on his own, you can try what is known as the Ferber method.



Invented by Dr. Richard Ferber, the Ferber method is the most common way of weaning your child away from the mother, in terms of his sleep habits. It is usually successful within a couple of weeks. Nevertheless, it is important that you choose a week where you can afford to lose some sleep to begin the Ferber method. Especially at the beginning of the process, the Ferber method does require that you spend a lot of time listening to your baby crying, and if you attempt it at a time when you are desperate to sleep, you run the risk of breaking down and allowing your child to sleep with you, or sleeping in the room with him. If you do so you risk undoing a lot of work that you will have put into the method.



The first night you attempt the Ferber method, put your child to bed as you normally do. Your baby should be tired but still awake when you put him to bed, so that he is left to fall asleep on his own. After you leave the room, the baby will inevitably start crying. Allow him to cry for about 5 minutes, then re-enter the room to console him. It's important that you stay in the room for only a short time - even if he is still crying - and that you don't pick him up or rock him. This second time you leave the room, wait 10 minutes before returning in the same manner. The third time wait 15 minutes, and set this as a maximum wait time for the rest of the night.



Every time thereafter, enter the room briefly and then allow your child to cry for 15 minutes. Eventually, he will fall asleep on his own during one of the 15 minute intervals in which you are out of the room. The second night, you should begin with a 10 minute wait before re-entering the room, followed by 15 and then 20 minutes. In a similar fashion, increase your initial and subsequent wait times by 5 minutes each night.



Using this method your child will soon learn to go to sleep on his own. Although it can be difficult to listen to your baby cry, understand that the Ferber method is a safe and effective way of getting your baby to learn to sleep on his own.



 



 



It took 3 night before my DD was sleeping on her own, she would start to go to sleep as soon as she saw her crib and still does

Sandreen - posted on 01/23/2009

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keep the room so dark and if she wants to play leave her to play alone and show her that u r asleep she will fell bored alone and sleep again. Also make sure that she doesn't sleep to much through the day so that she will sleep all the night

hope it works...

Salima - posted on 01/23/2009

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a nice warm bath just before bedtime, a warm bottle of milk and dim lights..........

also try rocking her, but keep the place dark/dim....

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