Sleep! Please help my 7 month old and me ??

Kate - posted on 05/18/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Help my little girl use to sleep 10 /11pm through to 6 am and for the last month she has been waking up at least two times every night. I have tried everything, sticking to the same 'bedtime routine', last bottle at 1030/11. Last night she had a bottle at 12 but still woke at 4 and would not go back to sleep. Even though i am lucky enough to not have to go to work i am still exhausted and can never catch up on sleep. Does anyone have the same problem or ideas that really help a infant sleep at least 7 hours through the night. I think i am going to start tearing my hair out if this goes on much longer!

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Christy - posted on 05/25/2010

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My son who is around the same age is doing the same thing. He used to go through his routine for bed and then we could just lay him down and he would put himself to sleep. Now we have to walk or rock him to bed (annoying) and he is waking up too. The doctor told me not to use any of the numbing agents on him so I am not (but I did use them on my daughter and she is absolutely fine : ). I can really relate. Hope all of Erin's teeth come in soon so you can get some sleep.

Kate - posted on 05/25/2010

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Thanks Kristin, Erika & Erica, Erin is teething at the mo so that doesnt help. I am sticking to the early to bed same time every night and hopefully that will help. It is comfort to know that i am not the only mother that is going or gone through this i really appreciate the response's.

Erica - posted on 05/18/2010

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I noticed that with my daughter, the later I put her to bed, the worse she slept and the earlier she got up. Like if I put her to bed at 8, thinking she would sleep 12 hours, she would actually get up at 5. Which is NOT ok with me, cause I am NOT a morning person! So now she goes to bed at 6:30 and sleeps till 6:30-7 every morning. If that doesn't work, and she's not teething or sick or anythin, just let her cry it out. After a night or two she will get the hint and stop waking up.



My daughter was a TERRIBLE sleeper until she was 7 months old (up every 2 hours!), and I couldn't take it anymore and used the sleep sense program. http://www.sleepsense.net It has made all the difference in the world! Good luck!

Erika - posted on 05/18/2010

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Hi Kate,
Do you think she's teething? That's what happened to my daughter when she began the teething phase. I think she was about 7-8 months. I totally understand what you're going through. Check to see if she her gums are swelling or if she's drooling a lot. Maybe a bit of gum numbing gel will help.

Hope this helps a bit.

Erika
http://www.ErikaCarrillo.com

Kristin - posted on 05/18/2010

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Have you ruled out the usual sleep disturbance suspects? How quickly are you responding when she wakes? Does she really need you or are you going out of habit? Try waiting to see if she will resettle herself. If you do need to go in to her, don't pick her up or really even look her in the eye. Get her to lay back down if she's up and then try shushing her while stroking her back or tummy.

Just so you know, this is going to take a few to several nights. Longer if there is another underlying cause that you haven't identified and taken steps about.

good luck.

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