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    Default Night wakings - desperate for help

    I am hoping someone might be able to give me some advice (or a miracle lol) to help my daughters night sleeping. A bit of background, from 6 weeks to 4 months she slept through 12 hours a night with no waking, then the sleep regression hit & she started waking for one feed which was fine. But during the last month or so (she is now 6.5 months) she has started waking around 6 times a night or more, sometimes she needs a cuddle then goes back to sleep, other times she is really difficult to settle but she still only has 1 feed over night. I try to be consistent in my settling but in the middle of the night it is hard, i try to put the dummy in & pat & ssh but that rarely works, i usually have to pick her up, rock her for a while them very strategically put her back down without waking her sometimes this gets 2 hours more sleep out of her other times only 10 minutes & the process repeats. There are nights where she is awake for hours at a time. The lack of sleep is killing me & I'm at my wits end but have no idea what to do.

    She has always been a catnapper during the day but after the last wonder week this has slowly started to improve, she has one long sleep in the morning & then two catnaps in the afternoon. She goes to bed at 6.30-7 every night without to much trouble & we have a consistent night routine.

    She is eating 3 meals of solids a day & is FF so I don't think hunger should be an issue. Her room is temp controlled so that's not a problem. She has had a bit of teething but not for this whole time & separation anxiety seems to be starting now but that's just making things worse & hasn't been going on the whole time.

    Can anyone help? I am pretty much willing to try anything at this point except CIO, just can't do that. Have tried babybliss settling method but she hated it. I have PND and this lack of sleep is making me feel so much worse, I'm starting to not cope very well. I have my husbands help but he works so I try to only wake him if I can't take it anymore or on weekends he takes over to give me a break.
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    I don't have any advice sorry, my dd is just 9 weeks, but I'm keen to hear if anyone had any suggestions too.
    I hope you get since sleep soon!

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    I think the most important thing is to put bub down drowsy, but awake so they can learn to get themselves off to sleep and when they wake they will be able to doze back off.
    I did shh and pat with dd when she was grizzling and the moment she started crying I would cuddle her til she settled then lay her back down. She learnt pretty quick that I was there for her but she was capable to get herself off to sleep.

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    Thanks redlips. She is able to self settle, puts herself to sleep for all day naps & until recently has always at night as well. I'm just not sure why she won't do it at night anymore.


 

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