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    Default 8 month old screaming at bed time

    For two weeks now (possibly even more, I've lost track) my 8 month old has been horrendous to put down at night. Day sleeps are usually fine, she puts herself to sleep if she doesn't fall asleep on the bottle. But at night she screams and screams and screams and screams and screams and screams. She's tired but not over-tired, shes not hungry, she doesnt have wind, the room is dark and quiet, her nappy is clean. Once she's asleep though she's fine. She sleeps until 430am for a feed then again til 630am.

    Ive tried rocking her to sleep, leaving her to cry, a firm hand on her tummy, patting, singing to her, soft music....

    I'm at my wits end and was hoping someone might have some suggestions I can try before i go stir-crazy

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    My 2 yr old DD was doing exactly the same I'd tried everything n asked my MIL what to do she suggested maybe she doesn't want to be alone so now we cuddle up on couch n then I put her in bed when she's almost asleep n she's sleeping through again. Or another option try cutting the last day sleep ?

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    She only has two day sleeps already with the second one being 1-3pm so thats not it. A few weeks ago i had to rock her to sleep but now she doesnt even want that. Its as if she knows whats coming....

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    What time is bedtime? Can you push it back 30mins perhaps?

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    Have you tried a night light? Could it be too dark in the room maybe?

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    Even at that young I think they do know what's coming if there is constant routine & she may be just pushing to see how far she can get before you give in I know my dd did this from about 7-8 months random but have u tried baby massage ? I brought Johnson's bedtime bath & oil n give dd a baby massage then it's quiet time no tv n read a few books. She could be over stimulated or still have a lot of energy & not be tired yet. Maybe a walk in the pram around the block ? It's trial & error I've found what works for 1 kid might not for the other

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    Thanks guys

    Bed time is 630/7pm depending on her tired signs. We have a bath at 6, read a book while her hair dries, get in our swaddle suit and go to bed with a bottle. Nothing seems too overstimulating. Im wondering if she might actually be overtired given that shes now dropped one of her day sleeps? Though she doesnt seem overtired when it geta to bath time etc but the screamig suggests otherwise.

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    As for the night light i dont think thats it. The room isnt completely dark when we go to bed. Theres a light on down the hall so i can see what were doing, if her eyes are closed etc. Once shes asleep the room is completely dark and she sleeps until around 430am when she wakes for a feed.

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    Maybe as tiring as it is try sitting beside her cot /bed and just have your hand in her bum with her facing away from you while you settle her to sleep so she knows you're there n isn't anxious n then when she falls alseep or almost leave the room ?


 

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