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    After some tips on winding down five month old for naps and sleeps. She is an energizer bunny who when i put in cot with white noise she just smiles, kicks her legs like she is full of caffeine (is definitely tired though as she is eye rubbing and looks tired). Only way i can calm her down and eventually get her to sleep is by standing up and rocking her (have tried massage, swing, but doesn't work). She goes to sleep super easily in the car though. I am getting very tired of each sleep time becoming a battle of me trying to rock her until she'll eventually sleep and now she is close to 8kg I can't keep this up for much longer (becoming very emotionally and physically draining).

    Has anyone had success with cot mobiles with gentle music and lights to help calm the baby?
    Also, has anyone had success with giving bottle of formula at night to help bub sleep longer? I tried when she was younger but made no difference.

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    I always breastfeed before sleeps then pop her down sleepy. She has a comforter she feels then goes to sleep. If she cries I pat her to sleep. Catching her early before she's overtired helps too.

    No advice on the formula we exclusively breastfeed but I don't think formula makes a difference. I think sleeping longer blocks at night is part developmental part ability to self soothe. My first was exclusively breastfed and slept 11-12 hours straight every night from 10 weeks.

    My second is nearly 4 months and wakes 4 X a night.

    Both breastfed the same.

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    Thanks. Bub used to sleep up to 8 hours solid but now I'm lucky to get 4 hours out of her. Hopefully it is just development milestone she hasn't reached yet. I have tried breastfeeding to sleep but she just refuses so I give dummy and rock her...
    Do you get early sleep cues with your bub? My DD only seems to eye rub and i tend to wait until she has done a few otherwise i spend ages walking her around to sleep.

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    I just follow a max of 2 hours awake time (my girl is just under 4 months) or when she's getting grizzly so rigid and jerky body movements, whinging ect

    Have you read about 4 month sleep regression my girl was doing 630-1/2 am sometimes 3 am but we are in the 4 month sleep regression at the moment.

    It's hard to appreciate if this is your first but it passes so quick you will get more sleep soon! And I've found up till about 2/2.5 years old sleep is very transient and babies and toddlers wake extra during developmental leaps, teething, sickness ect even good sleepers that sleep all night have periods of extra wakings. I found going with it helped me stress less.

    Good luck

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    I'll definitely just go with the flow now with little miss. I tried her with some formula last night, she hardly drank any (literally less than 10ml) and was so sick from it. I felt so awful.
    And i tried a different way of winding her down for nap this morning and no battle.
    Thanks for the help. :-)

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    What did you do this morning @cupcake86?

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    I think avoiding battles is most important. I never used white noise, and I never used any particular comforter. I would be firm to get the message across that it is time for a sleep, but would not insist that it was going to be this minute.!! I would try for maybe 20 mins, trying to settle with patting or rocking, but if it was not working, I would just try again in another 30 mins. Some days , the sleep didn't happen, some days it was successful. marie.

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    Default Settling Five Month Old

    At 5 months old I would be looking at setting the right sleep environment (room temp/bedding, timing of naps, settling techniques, milk v solids) rather than formula, cot mobiles and dummies which at temporary band-aid solutions.

    What is bubs daily routine like? How long between naps? What is the routine for when bub is put to bed? What is bubs bedding (clothes, blankets, sleeping bag, swaddle) and what is the room temp?

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    Formula won't make your baby sleep longer, sorry! If you had a genuine milk supply issue formula might help but most babies of 5 months wake for reasons other than hunger. And it's normal/common to go 'backward' around 4-6 months.

    Also at 5 months your Bub is easily distracted and very aware of her world. Feeding to sleep may not work anymore - it doesnt work for most babies past 2-3 months and it's really best they learn to self settle. There are lots of ways of doing this but you may find introducing a cloth conforter helpful - gives Bub something to hold and snuggle and associate with sleep time.

    If you haven't already, having a set bedtime routine that happens around the same time each night is also very helpful in sending Bub a clear and consistent message that it's bedtime. For eg. Bath at 6pm, feed at 6:30pm, bed at 7. You could include a story or other ritual as well.

    Best of luck. Some babies are a little more active and social than others and this can make it challenging to calm them down for sleeps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BB77 View Post
    What did you do this morning @cupcake86?
    I read her a book and had car white noise in the background from an app on my phone. Then I could just feed her a little bit and cuddle her... but I haven't been able to replicate it since. lol

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