5mo DD goes down for a day sleep in 5-15 minutes. I rock her, put her down wide awake and rock the cot with my hand on her chest till she falls asleep. At night, despite a solid bedtime routine it takes at least 1-3 hours to get her to sleep. It doesn't matter if she's overtired or well rested. I put her in the cot and she screams, I pick her up and rock her and she squirms.
Over it. I can't give my 2yo enough attention at bedtime and its stressing me out. Ideas?
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08-06-2013 18:31 #1
Can't get baby to sleep at night.
08-06-2013 19:07 #2
We got one of those glow seahorses that play lullaby's when our dd was about 6 months. After about a week she associated it with sleep and it seemed to settle her instantly. Does your lo get swaddled? I know this can help some babies. I used to bf my dd to sleep when nothing else worked, even if she had just fed. Does bf or a bottle help settle your lo?
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08-06-2013 19:09 #3
Just wanted to add, could it be gas pains? If she is still squirming when you pick her up? I know my dd went through bouts of this and refused to sleep.
08-06-2013 19:52 #4
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08-06-2013 20:31 #5
DS2 is nearly 10 months and we have so much trouble getting him to stay asleep at night time. I cuddle and rock him to sleep (I know I shouldn't) and put him in his cot once he is out like a light then without fail every night usually 30 mins after I put him down he is up again and we go through the whole thing again. I never had this problem with my older 2 and their bedtime routine was exactly the same.
08-06-2013 21:43 #6
Duckduck, this isn't a 'solution' as such...but can you focus on your DD1 first, putting her to bed as you usually would etc Then put bub to bed later?
I've started doing this with DS2 (3mths) because I felt so bad that DS1 wasn't getting proper book/cuddle time before bed anymore.
It sucks having to eat in to 'my' time of an evening, but at least DS1 doesn't miss out anymore. With only 1 to settle at a time, I'm finding its faster for both of them now. Just an idea for short term
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08-06-2013 23:17 #7
I cuddle my 7 month old to sleep every night. I usually eat dinner with him across my lap then we go to bed together - partly cause he's a terrible sleeper and I know I have to get to bed early too to get enough sleep to cope (another story altogether! ). Would be very difficult with a toddler too though.
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09-06-2013 14:26 #8
What time do you try to put her down?
Ds2 gets tired and cranky around 6 but if I tried to put him to sleep then it would take me hours, he seems to need lots of wind down time at night. Instead I just put him in the carrier while I carry on with ds1's routine and he dozes on and off in there. I don't have DH home at bed time so this is the only way I can manage it.
I then can put him to bed quite easily 7.30-8 or so,leaving me free to cuddle DS1.
No decent advice sorry but we are a bit the same here
09-06-2013 15:21 #9
A baby carrier (sling) and Co-sleeping saved my sanity with two small ones.
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09-06-2013 15:24 #10
Hi I normally aim to have her asleep by 7, so bath at 5.45 then feed for ages then try to get her to sleep. I think Pesca and KK might have the right idea actually though. If I got DS to sleep at 7 then DD after that at 7.30 or 8 I probably would be far more relaxed and they'd both wake up around 8am. Perfect, will give it a go. Thanks ladies
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