Monday, March 29, 2010

Sleeping and Not Sleeping

This is Annabelle on Sunday sleeping on Adam's lap. She woke up from her nap after just 45 minutes and so Adam brought her downstairs and here she is:

She looks like a little angel! (I'm not biased at all!) Here is another one of her awake.

Both of the girls have developed little colds. :( Adelyn is still having lots of trouble sleeping at night and by that I mean she is up at least 5 times in the 12 hour period (8 to 8) she is supposed to be sleeping.

I need major advice on crying it out or sleeping cures or something!! Any help, advice, thoughts are greatly appreciated!!

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Lauren said...

This is not an easy shortcut, but I can tell you that (first as a nanny and later as a mom) I have read almost every book on getting kids to sleep and I think the best one is "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child." Written by a pediatrician who has done lots of sleep research. He actually has children of his own, too--and I think that's helpful. =)

Allie said...

Sadie did not have a lots of trouble sleeping at night. But there were times she awoke and cried. I always tended to her. But that was my choice. I did not care for the crying it out method. Nap time she would not sleep long unless she was napping on the couch, so they became her nap space and it worked for me. I think you have to do what you feel is right for your family.

Lesli said...

awe man, that is rough.. I have no advice.. I just started mine really young in bed, letting them fall asleep by themselves (naptime too) and they always went through a few phases where they cried but it was never long and I just waited it out.. I think you can always tell if they are going to stop crying or not, there is a difference between whining and screaming at the top of your Good luck, I hope you get some sleep soon!

Betsy said...

I would wait to cry it out until she is done with her cold. I've found that if Maddie's nose is stuffed...sleep just isn't going to happen as well as normal. It stinks for the momma. :( It's sad... I wouldn't be able to sleep either if I couldn't breathe!!

Nicole said...

Bless your heart! Colds, awake all's a wonder you're not in a looney bin!

I am no sleep expert, but I'll tell you what my kids have done. All 3 are good 3-4 months they were sleeping 8 pm to 4 am. I was good with that--the 4 am feeding gradually got later and later. Around 8-9 months they gradually dropped that feeding and started sleeping 10-12 hours at night. My rules: keep the room completely dark. Make sure there's nothing you'll trip over and don't turn on any lights. No diaper change unless she's completely soaked or poopy. Don't pick her up immediately, try popping the paci back in and patting her back (or tummy). If she resists, feed her briefly (like 5 minutes) then see if she'll take her paci and get back in bed. If she wakes and you know she just wants to nurse to go back to sleep, then gradually over the course of a few nights do the 5-4-3-2-1 method....5 minutes of nursing one night, 4 minutes the next, 3 minutes the next...usually by then mine stopped waking for that feeding. It's not might take a couple of weeks of trying that, but eventually she'll sleep.

None of that might work, but I thought I'd offer up some suggestions of what I'd try! Don't give up if it doesn't work while she's got a cold. Sick baby=no sleep no matter how good of a sleeper you have.

I hope you start getting some sleep soon!

Ben and Audrey said...

if she is dealing with bad gas, then try gripe water. i started Jovie on it last thursday. its organic & you can get it at walgreens. its made by a company called baby bliss. ben's cousin is really into all natural remedies or kids & she told me about it. its basically just water with added ginger & fennel seed. it has really helped jovie. its like $10 for a bottle. also, there are prescription gas drops called, levsin. both my kids have had to use them & it really helps them too.

does she like to be swaddled? jovie loves it. right now, its the only way she sleeps. at first she fights the swaddle & then when i lay her down, it helps her so much. something about being bundled up feels good to their little tummies.

i talked to Dr Bubba about them learning to put themselves to sleep. he said that they are totally capable by this age. but, he said if they are dealing with tummy issues, then don't make them do it until they are over the major issues. he said the best thing is to hold them during really fussy times, try to get her good & drowsy & then lay her down.

Jovie is having trouble with naps during the day. she'll sleep for like 45 minutes & then she is awake. she's still super tired but can't seem to get back to sleep.

as far as overnight, i'm not sure. if Jovie wakes in the night i try to let her work it out herself. but after 5 minutes if she's still fussing then i give her the paci or pick her up, love on her for a minute & then lay her back down. i'm so sorry little Adelyn is having such a hard time. i know how it can be. Jovie was up at 3:30 last night. i think she was just hurting.

do you think she's hungry or just fussy? if you could get her to take a bottle then i would offer that as her last feeding at like 11 pm & then that should fill her up enough to sleep through the night. i know she said she doesn't love the bottle. Jovie didn't either at first. but i continued to offer it once a day. if she didn't take it, i didn't force it. but after a few days of me offering, she took it. who knows.

i'll be praying for you! hang in there girl! love you!

Ashley Fisher :) said...

Thank you all so much! I really appreciate you taking the time to help me!! I'll keep ya posted on how it all goes!