Baby fighting sleep - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 3 Old 10-10-2011, 07:49 AM - Thread Starter
 
MrsBone's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Oak Point, TX
Posts: 1,184
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

My baby girl just turned 5 months and for the past couple weeks she's been fighting sleep for her daytime nap and bedtime. She's happy in the morning, and takes her first nap with little trouble(I can lay her in her crib awake but sleepy and she goes to sleep fine) but by afternoon she fights it bad and won't calm down. Bedtime is even worse if she doesn't get in her afternoon nap. She's pretty easily distracted though, so if she goes to bed 2 hours past her bedtime, she is generally fairly happy until I start the bedtime routine, then she gets frantic. She really loves her 7:30 bedtime and I've tried to start the routine before she gets tired, but without fail, she starts in on the sleep-fighting. Luckily she sleeps 8-12 hours straight at night so I can't complain too much. Any tricks on helping her fall asleep? Right now, I nurse, sing to her, rock her and then lay her in her crib. I used to try and nurse her to sleep, but it doesn't calm her or put her to sleep unless it's the middle of the night.. She likes her paci.


DH(9/04) DS(12/08) and DD(5/11)

MrsBone is offline  
#2 of 3 Old 10-25-2011, 09:45 PM
 
azzeps's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 547
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

My daughter was a sleep fighter.  Still is!!!  I remember some nights I would just get so frustrated with trying to get her to sleep that I would put her in the sling and turn off all the lights in the house and go about my business with her in there until she fell asleep.  Or I would go outside for a walk.  I think that's called "wearing her down."  Sorry I don't have much else to offer! It gets easier!  She is 3.5 now and she goes to sleep on her own now. :)


Mama to a daughter (3/2008) and a son (7/2011)
azzeps is offline  
#3 of 3 Old 10-26-2011, 07:09 PM - Thread Starter
 
MrsBone's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Oak Point, TX
Posts: 1,184
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

So in the past few weeks, I've definitely noticed that it's sleep-fighting and not something else. I've discovered that if I get her in the bath, lotion and rock/nurse she goes to sleep much better. Naptime has been easier too as long as I don't wait until she's too tired. Thanks!


DH(9/04) DS(12/08) and DD(5/11)

MrsBone is offline  
Reply

Tags
Family Sleeping Configurations , Nap

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off