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i love my little guy (6 mos) to death. he is the most energetic babe i've ever met. there's not a second he holds still, he's constantly wiggling, giggling, kicking, squirming. day and night <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: at night it's driving me crazy. i can deal with him not being a great napper during the day. i could deal with him going to bed at 9:30 almost every night (which makes dh unhappy, cause he hasn't gotten "any" in 3 weeks now). and i'd be ok with hourly nightwakings if he wants to nurse. but he wakes me up about every 1/2 an hour at night, waving his arms furiously, kicking, grunting, turning his head from side to side. if i grab him and put him over on my other side, he usually falls back asleep w/i 5 secs. sometimes he needs the boob, but as soon as the nipple is in his mouth he's gone, doesn't even suck. he really only feeds maybe 2x a night between 10 pm and 7 am. but why is he so restless? friends have recomended swaddling him. i tried that while he was awake to get him to fall asleep w/o the whole eyes scratching/ arms waving routine. he was mad, o boy. and last night i wrapped him up in his blanket and at first he got a bit angry, but settled down for 10 mins, then started squirming like a madman. so obviously the whole swaddling thing doesn't work for us.<br>
i've tried giving him chamomilla and rescue remedie to calm him before bedtime. doesn't do a thing. we wanna start putting him in a crib (sidecarred) soon but if he keeps wanting me to move him around that won't work.<br>
help! i need to sleep more than just 1/2 hour at a time. i'm tired.
 

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i don't think so. he's been like this since he was born. he's crazy... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> i tried swaddling him again tonight. he threw a fit. it took me from 7pm til almost 10 to get him to sleep. he took 2 naps of 20 mins each today. i'm pulling my hair out <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/help.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="help"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/scared.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="scared"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bawling.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bawl">
 

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my 18 month old is like this too, and has been since he was born...didn't nap longer than 45 minutes until he was 8 months old, and is still really restless at night. He has a hard time falling asleep. I don't have any suggestions, just wanted to le t you know you aren't alone.<br><br>
Ds hated being swaddled too, and still, to this day, won't let me put blankets over his arms (MUST ...have...arms.....free!) he seems to say. COUld it be gassiness? I often notice with DS when he is really restless at night, I'll flip him to the other side of me and he will let out a huge fart...maybe dc is uncomfy? Have you tried upping the heat? lowering the heat? Napping during the day with ds when he was small was the only way i could cope with the long, restless nights, and I founf that if I napped with him, he would nap up to two hours, which he NEVER did alone., It's amazing what even one 2 hour nap with baby can do for a mama's tolerance level.
 

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Are you sure he's ready for bed when you put him to bed? IME with my high-needs DD, if we try to get her to bed too early it makes her wild because she gets mad.<br><br>
I remember my DD's sleep getting more restless at 6 months b/c she was becoming so aware of her surroundings and on the verge of developmental milestones like crawling and standing.
 

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I've heard of kids getting "wild" from food allergies, particularly to yellow dye. Since your little one is so little, it would be potential allergens in YOUR diet to look for.<br><br>
I don't have any personal experience with this, but I know there are lots of families that have to avoid food dyes and lots of info available online- it might be worth looking into.
 
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