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General Sleep Issues / Full term One week old won't sleep without being held
« Last post by MomAnge on January 09, 2021, 23:05:42 pm »
Hoping for some advice.  Have a one week old who has only slept for 40 minutes in crib/bassinet - in total since birth.  Will only sleep in someone's arms - this includes during the day and at night.  Mom and Dad can't sustain this.
We are tracking feeding and sleeping to see the patterns but only just started this.
What should we do?  Is she too young for pick up /put down?  should we watch for sleep cues, do a routine and put in crib - do patt shh as needed.
Or can we get her to sleep in our arms and put her down at the 20 minute mark when in a deeper sleep?  But she still seems to wake after very little time.
She has not slept for a stretch of 2-3 hours since she was born - other than in someones arms.
All advice welcome!  tks!
Breast Feeding / Re: 8 months snacking behaviour & frequent night feedings
« Last post by DoritK on January 07, 2021, 15:36:38 pm »
Hey! Thanks for your reply. The snacking behaviour got better since a few days. I tried to use pu/pd yesterday evening when he woke up after only 2 hours (which he does regularly). Usually I don't feed him for this first waking but just hold him in my arms for 2-3 minutes and then he continues to sleep. But yesterday I tried pu/pd and it took half an hour and I finally gave up and fed him. He got more stimulated and cried a lot every time  I put him back in hes bed. Afterwards it was one hell of a night with him waking up very often... Don't know if it is related. Could also be his teeth coming through. I also tried pu/pd today for his naps but he seems to remember yesterday evening and now doesn't want to go to sleep anymore in his bed. Lots of crying. I'm wondering if I should take a break for a few days. Or maybe I just have to be more persistent for a longer time? I know Tracy said sleep training may take 2 weeks. My oldest son actually only slept through when he was 19 months old after I quit nightfeedings because I was pregnant. :P
Naps / 8-9month old refusing second nap... help please!
« Last post by RAB2020 on January 06, 2021, 19:34:56 pm »
Hello! Any help greatly appreciated-

My little boys schedule seems to be changing, in general- he goes down around 7pm each night, wakes some time between 7-8am (still on two nightly feeds but thatís for another day!), has a good first nap around 10-11am for 1-2hours but then the last few days wonít have his second nap! I try to get him to sleep around 3pm for it but he seems so wide awake and is generally on good form then and goes to sleep ok at 7pm. I just worry that a 7hour stretch is far too long for a 9month old! Has anybody else found their baby does this?! Any tips for getting him to have two naps? On the occasion when his first nap is short (under 1 hour) he has sometimes then napped a second time but never for over an hour so Iíve been reluctant to wake him up early from his first.

Thank you for any tips in advance!
Breast Feeding / Re: 8 months snacking behaviour & frequent night feedings
« Last post by ulli k on January 06, 2021, 05:25:55 am »
Hi Dorit,
Has he ever slept more than 3hrs in a row? With my daughter I realized that at some point her night feeds were not necessarily hunger but more to nurse to sleep. What I did was wait for her to finish feeding, then not letting her fall asleep at the breast but put her in the crib awake. It took 2 nights were I had to use pu/pd to put her back to sleep am then she slept through the night and also ate considerably more during the day.
For me I wanted to make sure that I feed her when she is hungry but not let her fall asleep during nursing.
During the day, is he getting distracted during nursing? Maybe you can go somewhere where he does not get distracted? Also if he wants to nurse after snacking maybe try to distract him until he is hungrier so he eats more?
Hope this helps :-)
Naps / 5 month old suddenly wont nap at Grandparents
« Last post by mbk907 on December 30, 2020, 20:04:50 pm »
My wife is typically home with our 5 month old daughter (Ella) and she naps pretty well at home (anywhere from 40 min- 2hours). However, every now and then my wife may have to run somewhere and she takes Ella to her parents house. She had been napping well over there (not quite as well as at home, but good enough), but suddenly this past week she has twice boycotted her nap at the grandparents. They havent changed anything in how they put her to bed. And they have said Ella isn't really crying, but just moreso rolling around and wide awake. Any suggestions as to what suddenly changed with her naps? Like I said, her grandfather has said that he hasn't changed any way he used to put her down for a nap and does the same routine that we do at home. Today, my wife brought Ella home and laid her right down in her crib at home and she passed ot within 5 minutes. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thank you!
Breast Feeding / 8 months snacking behaviour & frequent night feedings
« Last post by DoritK on December 28, 2020, 10:27:20 am »
My almost 8 months old baby has become a snacker. His EASY pattern is more like: EAEASY or EAEAESY. He doesnít drink longer than 2 or 3 minutes during the day and then wants to resume drinking again an hour later (same with breast milk from the bottle). It seems that he only fills his belly until his first hunger is over and then wants to do something else. I think this behavior started because I offered the breast more often during the day because he still feeds 3 to 5 times a night. I wanted to increase his calory intake during the day but that obviously didn't work. The night feedings stayed the same but now he snacks during the dayÖ He takes three or two naps a day. He seems to be very interested in solid food and will eat really well even directly after his milk feeds because he only drinks so little. I usually would want to wait half an hour before offering solids but in his case it doesnít seem to matter because his belly is never really full during the day. The only long feeds are before going to sleep in the evening, during the night and in the morning. Any advice how to get rid of the snacking behavior and night feeds? He hardly ever sleeps more than 3 hours in a row.
General Sleep Issues / Re: How to stop rocking the baby. He hates to be picked up
« Last post by sinemis on December 15, 2020, 19:08:32 pm »
Say that again:( am really tired of it, totally the same thing is here! Any idea? Help me please

Sleeping For Toddlers / Re: almost 4 years old still wearing diapers to sleep
« Last post by Katet on December 04, 2020, 03:03:11 am »
There is long term evidence that (particularly for females) it's best for the pelvic floor muscles to let nature take its course and when the hormonal changes kick in and they are dry overnight, they are dry overnight.
Approximately 50% of 4yo still wet the bed at night and 10% of 8yo, so I'd just give the message that when her body is ready she will be dry at night and don't wake her up to take her as that will confuse her body/mess hormonal balance and slow the maturity of hormones and delay proper night dryness even more.
Night Wakings / Please help me. 9 month old doesn't sleep
« Last post by Supertiredmama on December 03, 2020, 02:46:16 am »
I cannot figure out how to make my son sleep. The first few months of his life we co-slept and bed shared. This was okay with me BUT I was having intense issues with my neck and the way I had to sleep with him was not working. We moved to a crib pushed against the bed. Now he's in his own room (he's been in there for about 3 months). He had a dark room with white noise and a small nightlight. Throughout all of that time, he has woken up constantly. Including my pregnancy, I have not had more than 3-4 consecutive hours of sleep in almost a year (and that's on a good night). He has gotten worse and worse and we are now at the point where he often wakes up every 45-90 minutes (one or two sleep cycles). We've tried CIO which worked amazing with our daughter. He would not stop. He cried for two hours multiple times. He's generally unhappy and cries all the time anyway. He had (has?) colic. I've done probiotics, vitamins, skipped the vitamins, extreme elimination diets for myself as he is BFing (diary, soy, gluten, sugar, etc) no caffeine, exercise, holding out longer for naps, trying to make sure he's not over tired/not tired enough. Nothing works. I cannot continue on like this. I've had mental breakdowns in the middle of the night. I'm getting up 5-10 times each night and I just can't do this anymore. If he would actually sleep with me, I'd let him but I guess when I put him in another room I ruined that bc he doesnt fall asleep with me anymore. Plus he'd climb off the bed when he woke up and hurt himself. I'm exhausted. I need something to change.
Sleeping For Toddlers / almost 4 years old still wearing diapers to sleep
« Last post by Lilo's mom on November 29, 2020, 23:05:52 pm »
Hi there! My 3.9 yo dd says she wants to turn 4 without wearing diapers to sleep. Turns out she still pees in the diaper during the night (her diaper never finishes the night dry).
Two nights ago I told her, let's sleep without diapers. I've taken her to pee at 1 am, she did pee in the toilet, but then she peed herself again at 5 am and at 7,30 am. At 5 am, she didn't even wake up bothered by being wet. At 7,30, I think she was done sleeping, so she did call me to let me know she was wet.
Wherever I read about dropping diapers, the advice say that the child needs to either be ready to spend a dry night or to wake up when she wants to pee. Mine doesn't do either, but she does have the willingness to drop it. I live in Brazil so it's pretty hot right now, perfect time for trying. Should I insist???
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