Help needed / advise!

Emmy Lou - posted on 06/28/2016 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 4 months old , I have tried many different swaddles, many different sleep accessories such as , mama roo , rock and plays , safe co sleeping beds to sleep next to me while I sleep, bassinets. I feel like I have tried it all. I cannot get her to nap without being held during the day. I will nurse her to sleep then rock her and when I put her down she instantly wakes up crying and screaming . If I pick her up she stops. Any advise on how I can get her to stay asleep / nap by herself? If I don't hold her she will not fall asleep on her own. Is this normal for a 4 month old? By 7:00 she is so overtired she can't seem to sleep at night .

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Kaija - posted on 07/03/2016

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See if there's any tummy issue with your baby? I had the similar issue and baby had severe gas pain. I tried gas drops but failed to soothe him then tried babies magic tea and it worked and now he sleeps well.

Snow - posted on 06/29/2016

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I didn't have the quite the same problem, but something similar. My daughter was fine if I rocked her to sleep and put her in the rock and play, but she was large for her age and around 4 months old she was getting too big for it. If I put her in her crib after she fell asleep, she would wake up and cry immediately like you are experiencing. In the end I had to just let her get used to her crib. I started just with naps, putting her in her crib and letting her cry for 5 mins, then after a couple of days I increased it to 10 minutes, then after a few days to 15, and so on until she was in there for 30 minutes. After about 3-4 weeks she just finally gave up and decided to sleep. I would still rock her until she was asleep before putting her in the crib so that I knew she was nice and sleepy. Once I had her sleeping for her naps in the crib, I transitioned to having her sleep in there at night as well. It's a tough thing to do, but I knew that I didn't have any other options considering she was clearly too large to continue sleeping in the rock and play. I think in order for this to also work for you, you have to be consistent; don't give in. Stick with it and it will work. I liked to go in every 10 minutes and sing her a song and rub her back to reassure her. after 2-3 minutes I would leave whether she was upset or not. Hope this helps and good luck!

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Sofia - posted on 07/07/2016

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She is young. My daughter needed to sleep with me and I had to for my sanity. You aren't starting bad habits. Baby and Mommy need to be physically close

Emmy Lou - posted on 07/06/2016

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She has acid reflux but is on medication for it and she is doing much better. The sleeping thing is a new issue. I don't want to let her " cry it out" but the only way to get her to sleep is if she sleeps with me. I feel in my gut that I am starting bad sleep habits doing this but it's the only way we both get sleep....

Willie Mae - posted on 06/28/2016

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no that is not normal and because she has gotten use to you holding she has became accustom to you holding her.

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