My dautgher is almost 6 months and still hasnt sleept thru the night. I work full time and really would like to have a night of good sleep. Does anyone have any ideas. I have even tried not giving her a mid afternoon nap. Does anyone have help for this sleepless mom

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Amy - posted on 02/11/2009

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Oh, I forgot the most important thing - wrapping. I thought my son was too old for it, and that he really didnt like it anyway so i stopped doing it around 3 months. At Tresillian they wrapped him very tightly and tucked him in with 2 cot sheets so he couldnt move at all. They said he was  waking himself up all the time. I'm not sure where you are, but if your in  australia call 1800 637 357, its Tresillian help line. You'll be on hold for ages but its open 24 hours and they give really good advice based on your own circumstances. Good luck

Amy - posted on 02/11/2009

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My son is 6 1/2 moths old and i've just returned from Tresillan after a five day stay for the same problem. I learnt that sleep promotes more sleep. There they keep a radio on day and night, volume pretty low, tuned into a easy listening station with a bit of voice to keep the baby company and for background noise. At her age she should be up for a maxium of 2 hours throughout the day before being put down to sleep again, and have a milk feed at around 10 and around 6am. I found that that routine, along with feeds every 4 hours, and solids after the 10am and 6pm milk feed really helped settle him.

Robin - posted on 02/10/2009

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My daughter is 10 months now and she has only been sleeping through the night for 2 months now. My daughter is a very light sleeper too. I tried crying it out with my daughter at 5 months too but-- I was still sleeping in the same room as her so it didn't work. Finally with no sleep for weeks, working a full time job and about ready to die. I put my daughter to bed at 9pm and closed the door and I slept on the couch. She cryed it out for a few days, each night less and less crying. It works, trust me it works. 1) It worked because I don't sleep in the same room and 2) It took trying and trying everynight and sticking to the crying it out. Remember it takes 30 days to learn a new habit. OH and I bought the SIDS sleep sack to keep my angel warm that have her hands free. And I put extra pacificer for her to find in case she wake up. My daughter could roll over at 2 1/2 months but each night I still put her to bed lying on her back, but she roll over herself to sleep on her tummy. It was very very hard (poor neighbors- ear plugs) but it works. Mommy is happy with still sleeping on the couch everynight and baby girl is happy too with more sound sleep. Maybe in a month or so I will try to sleep back in the same room. Trust me if you don't do it when she is young, then they never will sleep. I have a 17yr old son too and when he was a baby never slept through the night until he was 4 1/2yrs. But at the time I didn't have a full time job.

User - posted on 02/09/2009

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I am a big fan of the cry it out thing....it is really hard but my daughter has slept through the night since she was 4 months old.....the 1st 4 months were horrible sleepless nights and then I discovered freedom. As a single mom, a full time working mom, I had to do this for my sanity and her health.....

Becky - posted on 02/07/2009

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My son was like that too once I started putting him on his belly to sleep it did wonderful. He wasn't able to roll over yet but could lift his head real well so its what you are comfortable with. Also I would give him a little bit of cereal and then like a 6 ounce bottle before bed. Background noice also helps a lot. If you sleep in the same room as her it is also best to ignore any little noises to make and not go to her unless she's really crying. Sometimes my son will still wake up real early and start talking and playing but goes back to sleep after a few minutes

Kelly - posted on 02/07/2009

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Try putting her in her swing next to your bed, and feed & change her right before you go to bed, then turn the swing on and see how that works. It helped me with the same issues with my son.

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Does she sleep with you? If not, try it. While she might not sleep through the night, you'll only have to reach over to comfort her, rather than getting up.

I know what you're going through. I felt like it was over a year until I had good sleep, and became a walking zombie. My son didn't sleep through the night until over a year old, but got better around 9 mos. His problem was he was so distracted by all the kids at daycare during the day it would be hard to get enough calories into him, so he would get hungry and wake. Now, at 2, he sleeps like a log, but still has the natural sleep pattern of brief semi-waking periods about 1 am.

Nicole - posted on 02/03/2009

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I'll go and see if I can find the hungry baby formula. So I can try it Wednesday night. I think I might also go and buy on of the humidifiers too. I have been latly been giving her a nap around 12 and sometimes around 4 for about 20 minutes or it is just a crazy mess at work. Since I get to take her with me. Thank you so much everyone. I'll let you know how it goes after I buy the couple things and try them out. Wish me luck 6 mths with out a good night sleep is starting to show

Zezinha - posted on 02/03/2009

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Hi Nicole,

My aunt believes that the more they sleep the better and the more they want to sleep ... allow afternoon nap maybe earlier ... speak to the caregiver maybe a earlier afternoon nap ... diet low in sugar ... I find it that a long bath and a 1/2 hour of before bed time quite activity like reading a book to then helps a lot... Good Luck

Zezie

Katie - posted on 02/03/2009

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if you are not breast feeding try the hungry baby formula! worked for me, my son is 14 weeks old and has 1 bottle of hungry baby before bed and sleeps for 8 hrs xx

Kathi - posted on 02/02/2009

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Quoting Nicole:



By putting her on her tummy I thought they found it was a red flag for SIDS. If I don't have to worry about it I guess its worth a try tonight. Other long night again






You are correct.  If your baby doesn't flip to her belly on her own, you shouldn't put her down like that.  Mine, finally figured out how to get to her tummy around 5 months and finally did sleep through the night.  I too used the white noise since my house was really creaky.  An air purifer works great and they are not expensive.  I have also been told that waking up is a learned behavior as well, meaning they are used to it so they keep doing it.  Since she is almost 6 months old you will soon start her on baby food which really fills the belly and should help too.



Also, the theory is (and I am a BIG believer) is good sleep gets good sleep.  Do not skip her naps..maybe start them around noon time.  The more good sleep they get, the better sleepers they will become.  Having an over-tired baby at night, will only make her restless and not sleep well at night.  The next big advice I got is routine, routine, routine.  Keep the naps at the same time, nightime bed routines (i.e dinner, bath, stories, bottle-little rocking, off to bed.)  Do the same routines everynight.  It helps them wind down after a busy day and they get to know what to expect.



I had my share of single mom sleepless nights, and now my daughter is 6 and is the best sleeper ever!



 

Nicole - posted on 02/02/2009

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By putting her on her tummy I thought they found it was a red flag for SIDS. If I don't have to worry about it I guess its worth a try tonight. Other long night again

Nicola - posted on 02/01/2009

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My 3 sons have been the same, my mother told me try puttin them on there tummy's an they all slept through from then on.

Jennifer - posted on 02/01/2009

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My daughter, now 15, was a light sleeper too. When she was around 5 months I discovered the gift of "white noise", such as a humidifier or a fan, some type of continuous noise that muffles the outside sounds. I don't know if it'd work for your cutie pie, but may it may be worth a shot. Sleepless ness is the worst.

My heart goes out to you.

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