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Sara, have you tried a sling? have you read "no cry sleep solution"? Both of those have helped me. Also, is your daughter trying to transition to just 2 naps a day or does she still need 3? My boys JUST went to 2 naps a day, last week. THey are almost 7 months. Also, sometimes I wear a baby for awhile, then put them in the swing and they will go to sleep. Or I put them in the swing with a very cool toy and then I get out of their sight. If they see me, they will fight going to sleep.

After doing the No Cry stuff, I am now able to put them down to bed drowsy, but still awake. YEAH!!!!

Also, I have to swaddle my fighter. If he isn't warm enough or cozy enough, he wakes up.

Lastly, have a friend come over and observe what is happening. Sometimes we get so wound up in the chaos, we lose sight.
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Originally Posted by cdahlgrd
Sara, have you tried a sling? have you read "no cry sleep solution"? Both of those have helped me. Also, is your daughter trying to transition to just 2 naps a day or does she still need 3? My boys JUST went to 2 naps a day, last week. THey are almost 7 months.
Also, I have to swaddle my fighter. If he isn't warm enough or cozy enough, he wakes up.
Thanks Courtney - I have the "no cry sleep solution" on hold at the library, and I do sling both of them whenever I can, but my little sleep-fighter will go to sleep in the sling only after about 30-45 minutes, and then its about 50% chance she wakes right up if I try to put her down. Can I ask a silly question? Do some moms just sling their babies for their whole nap? 1-2 hours? My back can't take that, and I'm getting no break since my sleeping daughter will be about done w/her nap by the time I'm getting the second one down.

the discussion about developmental growth really struck a chord, as I can see both girls going through that right now, so I'm just hoping this is temporary! I can count on one hand the number of times Sasha has taken 3 naps in one day, mostly because I can't get her to sleep that many times + bedtime in one day. Her sister Ruthie gives me hope - just like your son, when I swaddle her tight, she nestles in and looks up at me drowsy-eyed and thankful, and after nursing or rocking, I can put her down awake and sleepy most of the time.

Whew!! I'm exhausted but boy do I love my babies!!!
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Sarah, mom to 5 1/2 month-old twins Sasha and Ruthie (Gemini in Gemini) and 4 year-old Will
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Hi, I can tell you that my intense, hair ripping period is over. The twins are almost 9 months now and things seem so much easier as far as sleep. I have one who will go down easily (even if a little awake or if other babe cries for a sec while I put him down) then the other I nurse to sleep. I have all three (twins plus 3 year old) take nap at same time in afternoon, almost daily. I never would have believed I would be saying this!!!!

As far as the morning nap, the easy one goes down. The other cat naps once or twice in chair while I nurse both twins and read to the 3 year old.

I can backpack until I'm blue in the face, have it on most of the day with one or the other, but I am not as comfortable slinging while having to lift and care for other. I like having both hands totally free to haul the other! Neither one will nap in sling anymore anyway.

Things will improve!!!!!!! Blessings and serene thoughts your way...
Mary
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