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#61 of 83 Old 06-14-2014, 10:02 AM
 
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Dot to dot, I'm a mom of six...this isn't my first rodeo, but this is my first restless baby they nothing helps. I've tried everything you did, and then some...craniosacral, chiro, essential oils, sounds machines, grounding mat, Camilia, hylands, every positioner, wrap, swing, swaddle and sling you can buy...nothing helps for more than a night. He's almost a year..please pm me. Thanks in advance!!
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Help. Our daughter just turned 4 months old and is the exact same way. It started 2 weeks ago. Any advice would help greatly! Please message me! I
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Help our daughter just turned 4 months old and is the exact same way. Please message me!
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Dot to dot can you help me as well. I have a 7 mo old with similar issues and I am in desperate need of sleep as is he.
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Just PM'd you.    My kids are both in bed and quietly drifting off to sleep and it's 6:30 pm.  I definitely would be happy to share how I did it.
Hi dot to dot please can you share how you did, my baba is 3 months old and is waking at 2 am every half an hour.
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Dot to Dot,

Can you help me too? My 4 month old is having the same troubles as the other babies I've been reading about in this thread. Up until this point, I've felt like a capable, patient mother, but the less sleep I get and the more I try and fail to help my little boy fall asleep and stay that way, the more disheartened I get. We've "only" been having trouble for just over 2 weeks now, but it's felt like an eternity and I can't imagine this dragging on for weeks longer!
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Dot to Dot,


can you help me out too? we are going thru a similar situation and tried countless amounts of swaddles, sleepers, positions etc etc to no avail. could definitely use some advice!!


thank you
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Hello,

I realize your post is several years old but I am just curious if you found anything that worked or if you had to wait for your baby to outgrow his restlessness? My little one is a little over 4 months and sleeps very restlessly. She kicks and coos (in her sleep) throughout the night. I am kind of at my wits end and not getting much sleep since she sleeps in my room:/ I know she isn't well rested as she is cranky throughout the day. I have considered moving her to her own room but I am not ready yet. A little background, she was diagnosed with reflux at 1 month but the medications never really helped and she seems to be outgrowing it. She is possibly teething but has always slept restlessly. She use to sleep reasonably well when we swaddled her but hates it now and breaks out of it in 2 minutes. What is your child's disposition like now? I worry she will be hyperactive since she is so restless. Any advice would be much appreciated:-) Thanks in advance!
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Hello,

I realize your post is several years old but I am just curious if you found anything that worked or if you had to wait for your baby to outgrow his restlessness? My little one is a little over 4 months and sleeps very restlessly. She kicks and coos (in her sleep) throughout the night. I am kind of at my wits end and not getting much sleep since she sleeps in my room:/ I know she isn't well rested as she is cranky throughout the day. I have considered moving her to her own room but I am not ready yet. A little background, she was diagnosed with reflux at 1 month but the medications never really helped and she seems to be outgrowing it. She is possibly teething but has always slept restlessly. She use to sleep reasonably well when we swaddled her but hates it now and breaks out of it in 2 minutes. What is your child's disposition like now? I worry she will be hyperactive since she is so restless. Any advice would be much appreciated:-) Thanks in advance!
Sorry to hear that your baby has reflux and is not sleeping well. My son had to be on medications for over a year for his reflux to go away. Try raising head side of his mattress by layering something underneath it, so that his head level is higher than the rest of the body. See if this helps with reflux and general sleep pattern.

My trick for my son to nap longer was to walk outside and once asleep bring him inside with his snowsuit on and have him sleep with windows open. I guess it worked because he was cozy in a tight snowsuit. He is a winter baby, so that worked in the winter. But when it became warmer we used Sleepy Wings jacket. It not only helped him nap longer, but he finally slept through the night. What I like about it is that it's not a swaddle, but acts like one. My son likes to sleep with his arms up, so this was a perfect solution. They sell it on Amazon, but I found it on novababywear.com for cheaper price.
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Just PM'd you.    My kids are both in bed and quietly drifting off to sleep and it's 6:30 pm.  I definitely would be happy to share how I did it.
Hi dot-to-dot
I would be so grateful if you could let me know how you resolved this problem. My little girl is 8 months old has been like this since about 3 months I think. I am utterly exhausted & never get more than 4 hours sleep. The problem is exactly as you described. I've been off dairy for a couple of weeks now but haven't noticed much improvement .
Thanks!
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Help. Our daughter just turned 4 months old and is the exact same way. It started 2 weeks ago. Any advice would help greatly! Please message me! I
Babies go through big changes around four months of age. They babble more, put their hands to their mouth and begin to want to roll. This can influence sleep. Some parents feel like all the practice they have done trying to help their baby sleep has all gone out the window.
There are some strategies you can try such as continuing to swaddle and also to know that sometimes little ones start to wake more at night at this age than they may have at three months.
Keep going and if I can help you further, please let me know.
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Just wondering whether anyone has any success stories with these problems in their babies? My son is just over 3 months old and sounds very much like this, the restlessness has only just started in the past few weeks.
My daughter (now 2.5 years) was a terrible sleeper from day 1 so you can imagine my relief when my newborn son slept for 2 hours per nap and went for 4-5 hours at night without waking for a feed. Since the 2 week mark things have declined steadily, he started catnapping in the day for about 30 minutes at a time but would still sleep well at night and even settle himself. I figured out he had a bit of silent reflux and took all the necessary steps to help him (other than medication), however it didn't seem to improve his sleeping habits.
More recently though it takes quite a lot of settling to get him to sleep, he wears an arms up style swaddle suit but his little legs and arms are going at a million miles an hour, two nights ago it took me nearly 1.5 hours to get him to sleep and then he woke up 5 minutes later. He has also been really restless overnight, waking at least 3 times before 7am and wanting to breastfeed to sleep. He is also a big baby (85th percentile) and feeds frequently during the day so I doubt he is actually hungry.
I was thinking it was wind pain at first, or teething pain, even restless legs syndrome.... but came across this thread and it really resonated with me so wanted to check whether any of the other mums who've gone through this have any advice?
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I would be interested to know too.....
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I've been through similar circumstances. Except mine was SCREAMING bloody murder for months. I was beginning to have scary, shameful thoughts. For it was almost enough to drive me crazy. I spent hours on Google, calling docs, setting up specialty appointments for gastro and neuro but they wouldn't get us in for weeks. Nobody could or would help. Finally i made an appointment for myself. I felt like my nerves have had enough. I had to bring her in with me. She started her screaming. The appointment immediately became about her, they asked if they could examine her. I'm like HECK YEAH YOU CAN! PLEASE! TELL ME WHAT'S WRONG WITH HER! I, yes I, figured out she had reflux months ago, she was on zantac. And now here stands this doctor who claims the reason she's screaming in pain is bc of reflux. I shook my head, how can this be? She's already medicated for that? Well turns out she had doubled in weight therefore needing her dosage increased. That simple. I went home that day thinking wow if that's all that's wrong I'll be SO happy and relieved. Well, so far so good. I've got a whole new baby that doesn't ring my bell everytime she cries. I mean she isn't perfect, she cries! But this is probably due to her temperament. If you knew mom and dad on a personal level you'd totally get it. Eeek!
She was born 10wks early. Spent exactly 1month in the nicu. She's so strong and such a fighter. She's so beautiful. I never knew I could make 2 of the most beautiful girls, well with a little help from the husband. No I'm not partial. Lol. I'm 100%, in love with them.
I know I'm all over the place but didn't know if the newer moms heard about the PURPLE acronym? I was preparing for this. Apparently this can go on until 5-6 months gestational age. I had 3 months left, i thought, of the screaming. But at least i knew i wasn't the only one going through it. I wasn't the only one having the type of thoughts i was having. That helped SO much. Hope this helps somebody. I felt REALLY alone at times and so helpless. Routine helps too. Every night i give her a warm bath, then feed, then bed with white noise. She has a low startle point. We've found white noise helps especially when we're still up making noise. Anyway, best of luck!
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Dot to dot.... Would you be so kind as to send your message to me, too? We have a 9 month old who is the love of my life. Has never slept well, had reflux since day 1 that's gotten better since she turned 7 months old. I follow a strict elimination diet.
She puts herself to sleep at bedtime (since about 1.5 months ago) most nights, but only naps 30 minutes twice a day and takes 40 mins to fall asleep.
She wakes up about 4-6 times at night and I usually feed her 4 times. She is very distracted during the day so Hasnt been getting a ton of milk which is why I've been feeding her so much, but she's a big girl, so I don't know if she's actually hungry. Like other people have commented though, boob seems to be the only thing that will put her back to sleep. If it were just MY sleep that was suffering I could deal, but I KNOW she's chronically overtired and it kills me that she has such trouble falling and then staying asleep.
Someone please please help me.... Id be so grateful.
Thank you.... Xxx
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I have tried hard to not buy more baby gear, especially as this is our second and last child. however, we are experiencing the same thing with our 8 week old. Used to be a great napper and now catnaps. So far, nights seem ok. I heard good things about the zippadee-zip (it's a transition thing from swaddling to not) and went ahead and ordered one out of desperation. If anyone is interested, the website is https://zipadeezip.com. They have fleece options and also a cotton blend option.

Hang in there everyone!
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I have a 2 month old baby girl. She cat naps during the day. Has always slept in her crib. Never in my bed or in a bassinet. She is such a restless sleeper at night. She kicks her legs in the air, arms are flying too. She makes grunting noises and sometimes if I don't see her face in the monitor I don't know if she's awake or sleeping. She uses a pacifier and if I put it back in her mouth in the middle of the night she'll stop making noises but those legs keep going. she makes it through the night without a feeding. And technically she doesn't wake up. Last night I gave her a bottle even though she was sleeping because she was so restless while asleep. I woke her up and the first thing she did when she saw me was smile and giggle. She's such a happy baby. I can leave her in her crib awake in the middle of the night and she's happy. She loves her crib. But I know she needs rest. she gets cereal in her bottle at night and that keeps her full till the next morning if she would just stay asleep. If she does have a bottle in the middle of the night she might drink one or two ounces tops. She's not really hungry. Also she hates blankets. Always kicking them off. Any advice I could really use it.Sorry so long.
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I've got kids who don't sleep and I've basically convinced myself that some kids just don't need as much sleep as others (an opinion my pediatrician seconds). However, I can't resist researching what else folks have done in this situation just in case there is some solution out there that I have missed. So, Dot-to-Dot, if you're still active on Mothering, could you either pm me or simply post in this discussion what worked for you? Sleep-deprived moms want to know! Thanks in advance!
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Dot to dot, would you kindly let me know what you discovered that helped you and your child? A lot of similarities between what you went through and what I went through with my first child 8 years ago and my second now (starting with hyperemesis and going on). If you found something that works, I'd love to know about it and try it with my youngest who is two months old now. Many thanks.
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Dot! Your story by far is most similar to mine- I am at the end of my rope! I have sworn to everyone who has had the "answer", that I have tried everything and there is no baby like my 7 mo old. Since the beginning, he has been a HORRIBLE sleeper.. We chalked it up to colic, reflux- we switched to tummy sleeping at 5 weeks, tried every teething homeopathic product on the market, gripe water, rice cereal, infant chiropractic care, chamomile tea, nursing, rocking, back-patting, holding, (I lay holding him and let him use me as a human pacifier in a desperate attempt to get both of us ANY sleep, experimenting with different bedtimes (it's a struggle to keep him asleep between 10p-5a) etc. we've co-slept, I've tried the crib, we've gone on longer car rides- no matter what or where, it's like he's always been on an auto reset of 30-60 minutes. He does best the first time he goes down around 8-8:30 (which seems most natural lately) where he might sleep without TOTALLY waking up (he's always restless even when he sleeps though ie rolling, squirming, lifting his head up and opening his eyes, fussing for a second, etc) for about 2-2 1/2 hrs. Then, once it's 11p.. It's allllllll downhill. It's like once he gets a few hours in, it's torture to stay in bed. He's up every hour or less and once it's after 4a, it's a struggle every 20 minutes or less. Sometimes he's up at 4a and stays up for 2 hours, which of course messes up any sort of napping *schedule* (ha!) im trying to keep him to. I've corresponded with Elizabeth pantley (author of the no-cry sleep solution) via email, tried the baby sleep site. I know he needs sleep, because he's so fussy/temperamental, yet I'm convinced the universe is playing this enormously twisted (and very unfunny) practical joke on me. Please, any other secrets?
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It's a relief sometimes to know you're not the only one with such a problem. My son now going on 10 months. Things have improved slightly with his day naps but still he's waking several times a night... I'm exhausted but I live in hope things will just get better xo
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Things seemed to get better at 11 months for us and now at 15 months our little one finally sleeps well and for long stretches and we didn't really do anything - might just be age thing, she had a few digestion issues which are now almost non existent and now she is walking she tires herself out a lot more. Hang in there!
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