6 month old short naps and waking alot at night. Help.

Christina - posted on 02/24/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 6 months and breastfed. She has never been much of a sleeper but my lack of sleep is taking it's toll on me. She has recently just moved out of her cradle in our room and into her crib. I hoped she would nap/sleep better in there. It didn't work. She takes about 3 naps a day for only about 35 mins. At night she sometimes is up every 2 hours, usually it's 3, and there is usually one 4 hour in the begining. I nurse her if it's 3 hrs or more. I hold her to sleep. Not into the CIO, tried it once against my instincts and it didn't work. 1 1/2 hrs of me checking on her every few minutes. Both of us very upset. Please let me know any technique you have or if you have the same issues, Thank you.

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Christina - posted on 02/25/2010

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Hey Sharon. I'm definetly here to compare notes anytime.I put my daughter down at 7:30 after dinner, bath, and story everynight without a problem. She sometimes wakes 45 min later for a sec, I don't pisk her up, just give her a pacifier, then she usually sleeps about 3 sometimes 4 hours. After that she can get up evey 2-4 hours. I don't pick her up unless she really cries. When it's less than 3 hours I try to give the pacifier instead of nursing. I wonder when she wakes often if it's because her nose gets so stuffed up at night. I give her saline drops sometimes and have tried the humidifier. Last night was the best night in a long time. She woke the first time 3hrs after I put her down then it was 4hrs and 4 after that too.

Christina - posted on 02/25/2010

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Thank you for your help Sarah. I don't let her nap near bed time. I also give her a bath every night and use the soothing night time wash right after I feed her a stage 1 food. She goes down at 7:30 easily it's just the waking that is the problem. And the short naps. I beginig to wonder if she just isn't a big sleeper like her dad. I know one day this problem will just be a memory. . . .can't wait!

User - posted on 02/25/2010

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Wow Christina, this is exactly the same problem i'm having with my son. He's also 6 months. The only difference is that i put him in my bed to get sleep. So i have a double barrel problem to deal with; getting him to sleep in his cot and through the night. I must say that i never battled to get my two daughters into a routine. They were so much easier.

I know i need to do the tough thing by letting him sleep in the cot and if he wakes then soothe him and put him back, even if it's 30 times a night. I know it'll probably take 3 or 4 nights before he starts sleeping for longer.

Maybe we should decide on a day that we both agree on, and do it together, then share notes with each other the next day? You will be focusing on getting your daughter to sleep though the night more. I would do the same thing. When she wakes up, only pick her up if she cries not moans, then soothe her and when she starts nodding off then put her back in the cot. That way she'll learn to fall asleep the rest of the way by herself. If you keep doing that then she'll eventually get it.

What do you think about my idea of doing it together? :-)

Let me know what you think.

:-)

Breezy - posted on 02/24/2010

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I also had a baby that was breastfed and would wake a lot, (as if to be close to the breast). First of all let me say it will end!! My solution was some tough love, it sounds cruel to do, but at that age as my doctor said have the ablitity at that age to keep their blood sugar up through the night. (may not apply if your baby was a premie) Also they have the maturity in the brain to get into routines. If your going in every time the baby makes a squeek, they know that they make a noise you will go in. Try setting the baby down in the crib to do some housework while he/she is awake to get familiar with her/his surroundings. She needs to learn to self-sooth. If this dosent work, perhaps a visit to the doctor, perhaps reflux or another cause is not allowing her to lay down flat on her back. Sometimes propping up the baby in a boppy, or slight incline can help with reflux.

Sarah - posted on 02/24/2010

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does she nap close to bedtime? maybe try keeping her up a long time b4 bed time my daughter who is also 6 month only takes like 1 or 2 naps a day the first one is usually like 2 hrs and the second one is like maybe an hr. she sleeps all night for about 12 hrs. but she made her own sleep time herself haha but i had her sleeping in my bed from birth till 5 months and just moved her into her own bed which is still in my bedroom. do you feed her food or ne thing? maybe try to feed a lil bit more b4 bed and give her a nice bath and try that johnsons bedtime bath and lotion works great! :) and just continue to do a routine and maybe she might get hey its bed time i should sleep haha idk. never actually went through only no what other ppl said. :)

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