My DS is now 12 weeks and we are still experiencing witching hour from 6pm onwards. The witching period can go for 2hrs to 5hrs starting anytime from 6pm. For those parents who had a baby that experienced witching hour, how old was your baby when the horrid witching sessions ended? Did it just magically stop? or did you do anything to stop it from rearing it's ugly head every evening?
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28-09-2013 20:13 #1
Witching hour. How old was your bub when it finally stopped?
01-10-2013 06:37 #2
You poor thing it's awful to go through it
I think it was by 16 weeks it had basically ended, wasn't a sudden thing just got less and less until one day I realised I wasn't spending hours on the rocking chair any more.
things I think helped-
I started giving dd probiotics on advice of a midwife, took a couple of weeks but then she didn't really have gas issues anymore which I think was main cause
I bought a rock n play sleeper by fisher price which she spent nearly all her time in and slept in and could gently rock her, she loved this more than any swing or basinet
Introduced LOUD white noise
She eventually took a dummy which helped soothe her (I took it away by 5 months tho as it became a curse)
Troublesome tots site/ happiest baby on the block book was full of great tips
Making sure I wasn't keeping her awake for too long, turns out the need a nap after only an hour max of awake time at that age
My dd discovered yo gabba gabba so we taped lots of episodes and chucked her in the swing and put on an episode lol
Time- she simply grew out of it
Good luck!!! It really does seem like such a long time ago, it seems to last FOREVER but then it's over. It does get better, I promise!!!
Last edited by Little Miss Sunshine; 01-10-2013 at 07:05.
01-10-2013 18:30 #3
My babe is 2 weeks and for the past week her pattern is as follows;
Wake and feed 9am, then feed approx every 3 hours with minimal wake time between (half hour x3)
From 6pm she just wants boob until 10pm. She wont settle, is overtired and juat wants to sleep on my boob.
Down for the night at 10.30pm until 4am
Feed and change at 4am, back to sleep until 9am.
I shouldnt complain because she only wakes once at night but between 6 and 10 its a struggle to cook and organise the family!! She wont take a dummy and struggles with expressed milk from a bottle.
What dummy did you have success with?
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01-10-2013 18:47 #4
Same as you OP... Up to 5 hrs non-stop screaming from around 5pm! Eased off at around 12-14 weeks. We thought it would last forever! Keep us updated as to when it eases! Good luck!
01-10-2013 19:02 #5
Was around 14/15 wks for us...I think, I have blocked that time out a bit I think....
01-10-2013 19:43 #6
DS2 is a few days off 5 months and he have witching hourS every single night :/
01-10-2013 20:02 #7
I think by 5 weeks or around that time it stopped. I'm pretty sure one day DS just stopped doing it and hasn't really started again (touch wood!).
01-10-2013 20:30 #8Member
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YeP lasted until 5 months for us. If she was overtired it was worse so I really worked on her day naps to make sure she was getting enough sleep and brought her bedtime forward.
I also spent more time burping her during the day. Sounds odd but by the end of the day that's a lot of extra gas bubbles that haven't been brought up which was making her cranky.
02-10-2013 06:17 #9
The only dummy I had success with were the cheapie old fashioned cherry shaped ones, happy baby brand and tommee tippee I think too. None of those 'orthodontic' fancy smancy ones lol.
As I have mentioned and pp have indicated, I think a lot of it was gas/over tiredness.
And yep, I found the fussier dd was the better she slept as it was tiring her out
Last edited by Little Miss Sunshine; 02-10-2013 at 06:21.
02-10-2013 15:32 #10Senior Member
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Uhhhh....I have a 3 yr and 9mth old and it still happens like clock work! There is no escaping it IMO. However I have found these tips to be helpful:
organise dinner while bub is having arvo nap so all you have to do is re-heat and get it on the table at meal time.
get bub to have a decent arvo sleep.
Just be 10 steps ahead from 4pm till their bed time!!!!!
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