I pretty much wrote your post about seven months ago. My DS was EXACTLY the same, a perfect sleeper at night but wanted to be held to sleep during the day. It makes it really hard to get anything done. We ended up compromising I would put him down for a sleep while he was awake, let him self settle and he would sleep for about 20 mins at first and the when he woke up I would hold him, settle him back to sleep and hold him for the rest of his sleep. As the weeks went on he would sleep on his own, in his bed for a little longer until about a month or so later he was sleeping properly in his bed for day sleeps. He is now nearly 10 months old and a perfect sleeper day and night. This took me a good 8 weeks to figure out though, before that he was tired and crying all day, it was horrible.
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19-04-2012 13:44 #11
19-04-2012 19:33 #12
Thanks so much to all of you for your replies.
I do swaddle DD2 but it doesn't make much difference. Although I did have some luck today by swaddling her and putting her in the rocker in the lounge room. She slept there for about 90 mins. I'll try that again tomorrow.
I have tried feeding to sleep as that's what I did with DD1 but DD2 is more of a comfort feeder and gets upset when I take her off the boob sometimes
I don't use a dummy, I never did with DD1 but that's cause she never wanted one. I think DD2 would take one but I hate the thought of her becoming dependant on it got sleep and having to get up all night to put it back in her mouth if she loses it
I also don't want to start getting confused with when she's hungry or wants comfort/dummy.
Thanks again for all of your suggestions
22-05-2012 13:14 #13
I just thought I would provide an update here as DD2 is now 8 weeks old and a completely different baby!
About 2 weeks ago something clicked and she started sleeping well during the day but *only* if I caught her tired signs in time. If I let her stay up despite being tired then she became crabby and over tired and that resulted in her needing to be rocked to sleep or refusing to sleep at all.
My DD1 never showed tired signs that I could work out. DD2 yawns, rubs her face, nuzzles her face into me if I'm holding her and starts to fuss. As soon as I see her start to do this I wrap her tightly and pop her into bed and off she goes!
I just wanted to provide some hope to the mums out there that are currently rocking their new bubbies to sleep for their day naps and wondering if they'll have to do this forever! Just try to keep an eye out for tired signs and catch them quick! I still have to rock DD2 to sleep sometimes, especially if I'm a bit late in getting her to bed but generally she'll go down quietly if I catch her in time. I know she could change completely tomorrow but for now I'm just happy to be able to get some time to play with DD1 and catch up on the housework
Best of luck!
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That's great! My little boy was good for the first few weeks but then gradually had to be held for all his sleeps... Now at nearly 4 months it's a bit hit and miss... Somedays naps in bed other days has to be held. Definately worse when I miss the tired signs but if I try too early that's no good either. A grumpy loud teething toddler doesn't help either!
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