How can I get my baby to go to sleep at night?

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  1. lilmissmontana profile image84
    lilmissmontanaposted 6 years ago

    How can I get my baby to go to sleep at night?

    My little girl is nearly 11 weeks old and is a night hawk, and a grouchy one at that. I think she is overly tired, because she is awake all day, but won't sleep at night. It's almost as if she's afraid of missing out.

    What can I do, if anything at all, to get her to sleep?

  2. weightwd profile image58
    weightwdposted 6 years ago

    Hi to you...  First i have to ase what is the diet of your kid?
    And what is your diet if you still bressfeeding?
    My direct mail is 0761175528@8tamail.com.. I can mail you from there more direct questions and the way to hanel the sleeping problems... For you and baby.

    1. lilmissmontana profile image84
      lilmissmontanaposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      My child is on formula, and it's Similac, the blue can.

    2. weightwd profile image58
      weightwdposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I see you use the milk base Similac, is there a reason. The red tin is Soy and blue milk. Personal milk today is a big ??? so i beleave in Soy and saw many babies preform better on that. Cramps sleepless and so on.

    3. lilmissmontana profile image84
      lilmissmontanaposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Pediatrician didn't give any reason to switch to soy milk. It's just what she started on and I haven't wanted to switch the formula. She doesn't have an upset stomach. She's happy most of the day and doesn't spit up. Just won't sleep at night.

    4. weightwd profile image58
      weightwdposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Play and smile and more play, play even more with baby. Baby will get so tired and fall asleap. The love and bonding will become more relaz and sleep eazy.  The milk compare with soy is still what i stan by, and know the resolts i saw.

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    Rayne123posted 6 years ago

    I am going to say being a grandmother and all, your baby will sleep nights in her own time. If you force her she will only become more agitated. Its like forcing a child to be potty trained.

    I know she may be a bit young to feed, however if she was a fairly big baby as my son was, I started him on pablum at that age and it seemed to help him sleep better. Just a teaspoon or so. Talk to your doctor.

    Another thing, there is this old wives tale that if you flip your baby around or try letting her sleep at the opposite end of the crib, it may reverse her days. Some say it works others think it is hog wash. So it may be mind over matter.

    Sounds to me like she does have her days reversed and she isn't the first. I would try flipping her. You can research this actually.

    If she is grouchy she may be colic which my son was also a bit.

    Massaging her feet may soothe her grouchiness and help her to sleep better. try that before bed and in the morning or whenever the two of you are just sitting around.

    Good luck, and remember all things come to pass.
    She is healthy so that is the most important thing.

    Have a good day
    Laurie

    1. lilmissmontana profile image84
      lilmissmontanaposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Wow thank you for the information. I have never heard that. I don't know if this helps, but she hates being on her back flat. Is it okay to put a pillow under the mattress of her crib?

      Most of the time she isn't cranky just it seems when she's tired

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      Rayne123posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Myself I dont think you should put anything under her crib. However that is just my opinion.

      Good luck, please let me/us know what worked if you try any of these.
      God bless you and your daugther

    3. lilmissmontana profile image84
      lilmissmontanaposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you and I will keep you updated. Im going to try rubbing her feet and turning her the other way tonight.

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      Rayne123posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I hope it works for you. If not  yet you see that it is in some way soothing, do not give up. It sometimes takes more than a few nights. The foot has a certain pressure point that works the best and if I recall it is in the middle of the foot.

  4. joanwz profile image82
    joanwzposted 6 years ago

    I had one of those and so did my daughter. There are few things to try:
    1. Drive around in the car with the radio playing soft music.
    2. Place the baby in a baby seat on top of the running dryer.
    THese both make use of vibration to calm the baby.

    My son had his clock reversed so he was wide awake at night when it was dark and quiet, and sound asleep during the day when it was light and noisy. My granddaughter also fell asleep to noise but was wide awake when it was quiet.

    1. For my granddaughter, a white noise machine or a CD player playing soft music did the trick.
    2, For my son I spent almos two weeks turning on the lights and playing the stereo or TV until he fell asleep at night and making the house dark and quiet during the day, It got his clock flipped back to everyone else's schedule (awake during the day and asleep at night).

    These may or may not work. But, hey, anything's worth a try.

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      Rayne123posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I have tried these also. My son was so used to noise he could not sleep without it.

      I think the worse thing sometimes is trying to be extra quiet when your baby is sleeping. Too many parents (usually first timers) do that.

      Good luck again

    2. lilmissmontana profile image84
      lilmissmontanaposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I have a vibrating chair. My only concern with the driving is, how do I get her out of her carseat without her waking up? I can get her to fall asleep in my arms, but as soon as I set her down anywhere she's wide awake.

  5. duffsmom profile image62
    duffsmomposted 6 years ago

    Here's an unpopular answer - put her in bed with you. Unless she is colicky, it works like a charm. She will feel warm, loved and secure and the biggest benefit is that you will get some needed rest.

    This doesn't have to last forever, but it is a temporary fix until everyone gets caught up on rest.

    Yes, I did this with my first child and she is a lovely married, mother of two - so no ill effects.  The second child was content in her crib.

    1. joanwz profile image82
      joanwzposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      It's a controversial thing. but not so uncommon. I did it from time to time with my kids. My son and daughter-in-law do it with their oldest child. It does seem to help.

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      Rayne123posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I am guilty of that also duffsmom, I think we all are.

    3. lilmissmontana profile image84
      lilmissmontanaposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I only do it when I'm too tired to stay awake and rock her to sleep or wait until she falls asleep. It does work but I'm afraid of being the parent with my three year old still sleeping in my bed because they get used to it. Did that happen with you?

  6. lilmissmontana profile image84
    lilmissmontanaposted 6 years ago

    Okay everyone, so last night was my first night trying new techniques. I turned her the opposite way in her crib, and after giving her her bottle, I rubbed her feet while she was in my arms. I set her in the crib and she tossed and turned for about a minute before falling asleep. She slept from 10pm until 4:30am! That's a record for us!

    Thank you everyone for all the information, hope it wasn't just a fluke. I'm going to continue with these tips because it seems to be working! So appreciative of mothers and grandmothers that can share their secrets with us "first timers". smile

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      Rayne123posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Well congratulations, it isnt a fluke. Think about it, for some reason u were led to ask this question. There fore you must have faith in the replies. Keep it up. I  have 1 more suggestion,  curl up her knees to  her tummy and roll a bit. its soothin

    2. lilmissmontana profile image84
      lilmissmontanaposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I will do that too! Thanks to everyone who has answered. You may lead to many nights of better sleep, for both of us.

  7. AustralianNappies profile image87
    AustralianNappiesposted 6 years ago

    Try a relaxed sleeping environment, with nothing that will overstimulate her - remove any colourful mobiles, cot toys and nearby distractions she can look out at.  Create a set ruiteen with her, for example always tell her that it's bedtime, and time for bedtime songs and cuddles and then a rest.  Pat her off, ensure she's been fed, and changed at the last minute and burped, and not too hot in her bedcovers.  My little one preferred not to be wrapped, so you could try something different.  I put a book end under one end of the cot (at the head end) for reflux.  Try soft noise. When she wakes attend to her needs but don't interreact with her too much, remind her gently that it's bed time and after you've changed or fed her (With the lights still off) go through your sleep ruiteen again.  Gentle reminders and a ruiteen like this can help a baby learn the difference between night rest and day time.  But I think ensuring you meet your babies needs - At this age mostly just feed and sleep will help, she is only 11 weeks old and it's completely normal for babies of this age to wake regularly throughout the night, for feeding and changing but they usually soon start to settle into a better sleeping pattern, so don't stress too much over what you should do at this stage!  Things get better!

 
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