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October 8, 2009

Background:  Baby Bird will be 6 months old in a week.  For weeks, we have been having issues getting her to go to bed.  Scenario one:  She stays up to at least 11 pm, fussing the entire time.  She won’t go to bed with putting her into her bed, co-sleeping, or putting her on her belly.  Typically she’ll finally fall asleep after breastfeeding or a stroller walk.  Scenario two:  She falls asleep after breastfeeding.  She’s put into bed.  She wakes up around 9 something.  See scenario one.

Here’s me:  LALALALALA

Here’s the hubby:  I got it.  Quit freaking out.  Take a Xanax or something.

Finally, the hubby gets to the point that he’s like, “What’s her problem?”  “Is there something wrong with her?”  Honestly, I could care less that she’s up if she wasn’t a crab apple.  Obviously, she’s tired.  She’s rubbing the eyes and the crankiness is a dead giveaway.  I’m like, “Just go to bed then…no one is stopping you.”  At some point, we get her to sleep but not after another night of just frustrations.

Here’s what we’ve been told (my answer in BOLD): 

  • Let her cry it out:  I can only take so much crying.  I feel too bad.  We’ve tried all the “methods.”
  • No late afternoon naps:   Again, we try but you really can’t just make a baby stay up.
  • Cereal:  She has her meals but I’m not fattening her up so she’ll sleep.  That’s a myth.
  • Co-sleeping:  Again, requires sleeping.
  • Bedtime routines:  We do dinner, bath, walk, read, and boob.  It would make me go to sleep.
  • Put her to bed sleepy:  Uh yeah.  Not working.  Wakey Baby.

Any other suggestions?  She’s currently being rocked to sleep by the hubby right now but it sounds more like crying.  Off to another fun night.  Hopefully she’s almost done now.  I know we are.

PS…I thought the big thing right now is not to tummy sleep.  Back sleep only!  But when you google anything on getting an infant to sleep, it says to pat the back.   Kind of impossible if they are sleeping on their back.  Just a thought.

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  1. October 9, 2009 12:52 am

    So sorry to hear you are struggling. My breastfed babies woke up throughout the night until they were 12-18 months old. Not what you want to hear right now, but I want you to know that it’s NORMAL and I don’t think anything is wrong with her.

    They say “put the baby to sleep awake but drowsy” – – maybe rocking ina dimly lit room. If there’s any way to let her nurse but not fall asleep – pop her off and softly put her to bed. Say good nite, love you and walk out. She might just fall asleep without crying. Or then again, maybe not.

    If they learn how to fall asleep without the boob in the mouth, then if they wake up in the middle of the night, they have a higher chance of going back to sleep without your boob in their mouth, right? But you probably already know this.

    SOooooo, here’s what I did at that age. Wait 1-2 minutes after they wake up just to see if there’s any miracle they might go back to sleep on their own. Sometimes it happens.

    Then – go into the room, pick up baby, in the dark, sit in the rocker, nurse, put baby back in bed. Repeat 2 to 3 times throughout the night. Whatever you do, don’t talk, turn on the lights, or change the baby’s diaper unless it’s poop.

    Good luck – hang in there. I know you feel crazy right now… but it’s normal. I promise.

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