My baby sleeps through the night.....why can't I?

Julianne - posted on 07/21/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I have an almost 4 month old who is an angel and sleeps through the night completely from 10pm-8am. I am so lucky! But I constantly find myself unable to sleep. I guess my mind is just going a million miles an hour and I worry about my son, what I have to do tomorrow, etc. Does anyone else have this problem? I could sleep fine, but then I gave birth...should I talk to my doctor about it? I don't want to medicate myself if there is an alternative.

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Deidre - posted on 07/21/2009

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yea, I know some people don't like baths :) Maybe try listening to some classical music and crocheting or reading or needle-point about 30+ minutes before you want to go to bed and maybe that would be enough to keep your mind from waking you up at night. But really... I love the Nature Made NAtural Sleep Aid that I got at the drug store to help sometimes. I might take one a week or even less but it mainly helps me relax, doesn't necessarily put me to sleep (and most definitely doesn't keep me from waking up if my daughter needs me at night, I hear any sound she makes). Maybe you could consider this?

Another suggestion would be to have a notepad beside the bed with a pen/pencil to jot down any thoughts you have when you wake up at night. That way you aren't concerned about forgetting it before morning comes.

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Deidre - posted on 07/22/2009

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You can put them in their own bed as early as you want. I know of people that put them in their own bed in their own room from day one and their babies are fine. I moved my daughter to her own room (still in the bassinet) at 9wks old and then when she was about 3 1/2mo old moved her to a crib. It is definitely hard to get used to not having them next to you anymore and there were plenty of times that I slept on the floor in her room next to her crib to make sure she was okay.

Julianne - posted on 07/22/2009

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Thanks for the advice thus far. I think the main reason I worry is because every night he has slept in his bassinet which is arms length from my bed, and just recently I'm trying to put him in his own crib in a separate room.
What age should a child start sleeping in his own crib? Is it too early for him to sleep in his own room? He outgrew his bassinet and I'm not sure it's such a good idea for him to sleep in the same bed as my husband & I(we both roll around in our sleep some).

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try talking to your doctor, not all sleep aids are harsh, in fact there is one that they give to kids. it has that hormone that is naturally found in milk and turkey and it just relaxes you so you can sleep.
If you are worried about your baby try letting him sleep in your room so you can be alert that he is in fact ok and you can rest easy. maybe cosleeping would help put your mind at ease.
about worrying about your things to do the next day try writing a list the night before so you wont have to think about it.
relax before bed with a lavender bath and bedtime lotion. that stuff from jhonsons for babies works great! make sure your bedding is comfortable and try just reading a bit before bed to relax. reading will clear your mind and make it easier to fall asleep. also spend the last hour of your wake time in low light.
well I hope this helps and I hope you can sleep better

Ashley - posted on 07/21/2009

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I was the same way when my daughter started sleeping through the night at 10 weeks. I think a lot of it has to do with all of the hormonal changes that happen within the first year postpartum. I began taking melatonin, (it's a natural sleep aid) about an hour before I went to bed. You can buy it pretty much anywhere. I only take 3mg and it does the trick. I also read before bed too which makes my eyes heavy and relaxes me. And one more thing, I thought my birth control pills might have had something to do with my sleeplessness (I used to take them at night) so now I take them in the morning.

Deidre - posted on 07/21/2009

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Also, if you are worrying about your son, go ahead and check on him if you want. I know I had a constant fear about SIDS until just recently (she is 14mo) and if I wake up worrying about it there is no way in hell I'm going back to sleep until I check on her... even if I know my going in there will wake her up if she's okay... if I wake up thinking about it, I have to make sure she's breathing. Even now, if I wake up in a panic thinking 'what if she isnt breathing' I have to go make sure she is before I can go back to bed. I've even tried once or twice to go back to sleep without checking on her and I've just laid in bed for over 30min freaking out.

Julianne - posted on 07/21/2009

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I don't really do baths.....I'm kinda weird.....don't like soaking in my own filth or dirty water, lol

Deidre - posted on 07/21/2009

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hm... I was gonna suggest some type of medication. I found natural sleeping tablets at the drug store that I take some nights when I just can't seem to calm down enough to go to bed and it helps tremendously. Have you tried a relaxing bath with Lavender scents? Lavender is suppose to be really good at helping you go to bed. *hugs* I still wake up a few times at night even if my daughter is sleeping and it drives me crazy.

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