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My child isn't sleeping

post #1 of 6
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As of the last few nights, my 3 month old has been keeping REALLY late hours. Thursday night she stayed up until 1:30. She took a couple of naps on Friday, but you would think she would be tuckered out from Thursday. Last night (Friday) she stayed up until 2:30 in the morning, and then got up at 9:30 and has probably only slept 2 hours today. All while being carried. I know she is tired, but it seems she can't sleep. The worse part is my baby has tummy issues (gas) and she still wakes up from that. I'm doing the thermometer booty probe, I'm doing Myicon, and I am definitely trying to burping her any chance I get.

I can tell she's sleepy, but when she dozes off and I plan to put her down she wakes herself up (flailing her arms around) and now she has decided she no longer wants to be swaddled, at least where her arms are concerned. She also cries and in terms of crying it out, that isn't an option at this stage.

Do you guys have any suggestions?
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post #2 of 6
what does she think of the swing, if you have one? riding in the car? is she happy during these awake times or crying inconsolably?

cosleeping helps us both get more sleep. also wait for the limp limb sign before putting her down
post #3 of 6
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The swing is only good for about 10 minutes. Car rides are really great for her. We co-sleep and she loves it, but it seems she never ever gets settled. I will definitely wait for the limp limbs as you suggested, just to make sure she is really asleep.

Last night she finally fell asleep at 7 and woke up at 3:30 in the morning. It was our best night all week. She is now asleep in my wrap (I baby wear) after being up for about an hour.
post #4 of 6
if i remember correctly, 3 months/4 months is the age babes tend to get more social, start really communicating with you, wanting interaction, being way more interested in the world, etc.....

could it be that she's really fighting sleep to "be" with you? just a thought. i always made a big big effort to have very minimal interaction at sleep times. there was no talking, no smiling, no playing, very little eye contact. writing it sounds mean but that way she knew the difference between sleep time and wake up time. i remember it getting pretty hard around 3 months b/c she would start cooing or smile or do the cutest thing and it was so so hard to put on my poker face and not just gush over her in the middle of the night and just nurse and back to sleep.

there's alot of stuff on 4 month sleep regression which i think is more about them reverse cycling and feeding more at night b/c of this new social focus but maybe it could give you some ideas as to why she might be wanting to stay up.
post #5 of 6
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Originally Posted by joates View Post
The worse part is my baby has tummy issues (gas) and she still wakes up from that. I'm doing the thermometer booty probe, I'm doing Myicon, and I am definitely trying to burping her any chance I get.
On the gas issue, we had really bad gas with our son, and found mylicon to make things worse. I had better luck with Gripe water (I found it at a health food store, but I think they carry it at most drugstores too). He got it every nite for awhile. Bicycle legs too.
Good LUck! We are on the no nap stretch right now, but nitetime sleep is good, so I am trying not to complain too much!
post #6 of 6
Dr. Neustaedter is presenting a free webinar for parents on this exact problem. It's on holistic treatment of colic and reflux. He's going to talk about treating symptoms of excessive crying, pain with gas using homeopathy, herbs and nutritional supplements.
http://www.healthychild.com/digestiv...lic-in-babies/

Jane
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