New to Circle of Moms!! My baby fights his sleep everyday

Karina - posted on 11/09/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )




Hi everyone! Hope to meet mothers with great advice!!

My son is 4 months old and since he was about 1 month old he has fought his sleep. I keep the same routine all day and in the evenings but every time i put him down to sleep he cries. I have to swaddle him up and he fights it every time. Sometimes i feel bad but i leave him there to see if he can soothe himself, sometimes it works but sometimes it doesn't. I don't know what to do to make him want to take a nap. I feel that as he gets older it will be harder for him to sleep.

Any advice on what to do and do babies go through this a lot.

Help Please!!!!



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Karina - posted on 11/10/2012




Thank you for the advice! I will sure google it and hope it helps. I've noticed that if I'm doing something and he begins to get tired and i finish what I'm doing he will get over tired and he will have more of hard time to take his nap even though his eyes are heavy and can barely keep them open. He doesn't like to be swaddled up but it really is the only way during the day that he sleeps. At night thank God i don't have a problem it's just during the day. If he feels free with his hands he keeps himself awake and then he gets more cranky and cries and fights more. I feel horrible sometimes when I talk to him i don't have the help of my husband and he just thinks he is a cranky baby and all he does is cry. It brakes my heart so when my husband is home i try not to let him sleep on his own. What i do is i rock him to sleep and then put him down. He has been very alert since like 6 weeks old and sometimes that's why i think he keeps himself up....he doesn't want to miss anything.

Thank you so much and hope this works!!!

Carrie - posted on 11/09/2012




Hey Karina,

I completely understand your feelings. My baby is 6 months old now, and has been fighting naps a little bit before she was 3 months. I did A LOT of research trying to figure out what could possibly be wrong, and what I could do. The most re-assuring advice and information I found was about the "spirited baby". If you google that, and agree that your son is like this, you will get some good help from that : ).

What a lot of helpful forums suggest is creating a napping, and sleepy environment. My baby girl is still refusing most naps, but on the good days, I can get her down for at least one solid. I just make sure to have her awake in the early mornings, (around 6-7 everyday), play with her as much as I can to get her tired, and not put on the tv during the day (one of the spirited baby suggestions!)

Do you have your son lay on you for a little bit before you put him down to sleep? I do this still, and it usually is not a hindrance, and helps her sleep better too.

Also, my daughter never liked swaddling, so I gave up on that, and let her move as she wanted, and she liked that better, maybe your son just wants to move his hands around?

Sorry it's so much, I'm just trying to get all of it out to you, so you can have some peace of mind, because I understand what your going through!

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