Overtired baby - How do I help her to get to sleep??

Kilea - posted on 05/22/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hi,

Does anyone out there have this problem... I am a mum of two girls one is 20 months old and the other is 6 weeks old. My first was an absolute angel and always slept and never ever cried and still is an angel where is my new baby seems to get herself so worked up at night between 6.00 pm-midnight that it is impossible to calm her to get her to sleep. I find that if I miss her tired signs by even 10 minutes Im in for a shocking night, at night she seems to go from ok to overtired in seconds. She gets hyper awake because shes been up for hours. I am at my wits end and have NO IDEA how to help her get to sleep. I have tried EVERYTHING! any ideas from anyone who has had this problem and conquered it???? I dont feel post natal but I am getting really upset over it as there is so many nights over weeks and weeks worth of screaming that one can handle, it is making me not bond as well as I did wih my eldest. I would love to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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Andrea - posted on 05/26/2011

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I'll second what Bridget said, nice warm bath, a good feed, a dummy if you use one and get a sling pop her in and then walk or slow dance your way through the evenings or at least until she's asleep.

We have a bubzilla sling which is an over one shoulder pocket type sling that my daughter adores, Monte are supposed to be great as well. Basically anything that allows you to have your little one up close to you will help. She probably won't be too impressed the first one or 2 times she goes into the sling (so get her used to it during the day first) but my bubba is 9 months old and still quiets down when she goes in hers.

Bridget - posted on 05/25/2011

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I am in a very similar position- I have a 20 month old and an 8 week old. My oldest was a terrible sleeper, and still doesnt sleep through the night some times. With the baby what I found works best when she is over tired is to give her a warm bath with the nighttime bath wash and then a massage with night time lotion. Then I put her in comfy pjs and wrap her tightly, or I wear her in the moby and walk around for a while. It usually has her asleep pretty quickly. Ive also found that distracting her from crying helps, so if my daughter is crying and wont stop I take her outside and she usually stops instantly. Then she is calm enough to be rocked to sleep. It can be such a nightmare when they wont sleep! Good luck!

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