I have a 4.5 month old who can't nap or sleep well at night. I have no reason to suspect anything in my diet, and yet I've gone through all sorts of trial and error with eliminating things. She's no constipated or even unhappy really....she will fall asleep for about 2 minutes and then just...wake up! Wake up perfectly happy! If I just go with it, she is yawning and her eyes are red and she is soooo tired just 5 minutes later. I know her body needs and wants sleep. She does the same thing whether she's in a carrier (have tried several) or next to me in bed. Her limbs are ridiculously restless and she just flaps her arms and legs all. the. time. She's always waving her arms and seems like she grabbing for something in the air, but if my body is there for her to grab and clutch, instead her arms flail and slap me (on my face, arm, chest, etc...it's pretty annoying and certainly not conducive to sleeping for any of us). We've tried swaddling, skin-to-skin, a motorized swing, bouncing on a yoga ball, a box fan, blackout curtains, wearing her for her naps, etc. and so on. We've tried everything that I know of. I spend hours trying to get her to sleep and it yields anywhere from 2 minutes to 20 minutes of sleep. (My toddler is not happy with this).
I'm not looking for 3 hours naps or a baby who sleeps through the night. But, waking every hour at night suggests she's not getting what she needs for a 4 month old, especially if she isn't really napping either (20 minute naps on average and only about 2 of those during the day).
Any ideas for a VERY restless baby who is obviously tired but wakes from nothing 2 minutes into a nap?
Edited by Dot-to-Dot - 10/19/11 at 8:55am