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My baby girl is nearly one and a half month old and she wakes up about 5 - 6 times during the night. Sometimes she will take a bottle when she wakes up but most of the time she needs to be held and walked around the house for 20 minutes until she falls back asleep. Do you guys have any recommendations on what I can do to ensure she sleep as much as possible throughout the night?
Hi Kristain! I know what you're going through. I use swaddle's for my little boy and it works like a charm with him. The great thing about swaddles is that they recreate the womb atmosphere for babies and thus they feel safer in them. Whilst my baby doesn't sleep completely throughout the night he only wakes up once and that is for a feed. Some of my friends play soft music in the background which could help. Let me know if swaddling works for you and good luck!
Loads of walking around the house with the any on your shoulder :-)
A bedtime routine worked for me. Establishing this helped my baby learn that night time was different to nap time. Swaddling helped too as he used to wake himself up with his jumpy arms and legs. With my little one I never encouraged leaving his crib area. The lack of stimulation works a dream. If he woke and cried and didn't want a bottle then I would sit by the crib and hold him. Gently shush and gently pat his back. The crying always stopped quite quickly and he would settle back to sleep easily. I may be just a lucky one but he still sleeps really well now at 10 months old.
Hi Mary W, I'll definitely get a swaddle and try if that works. Thanks for the recommendations too. Hi lieslanne, thanks for your tip. Yes I keep reading that bedtime routines is the way to go. It's just a bit difficult at the moment but I'll try harder. Sounds that you're a lucky one too!
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I did the Gina Ford routine with my daughter and she was sleeping through by about 11 weeks along with all my other friend's babies who were on the same routine. I know this post is quite old but just wanted to see if your little one had settled into a better pattern? Hope you are getting a good night of rest yourself!
I also did the Gina Ford routine with my son from about six weeks old and by three months we had him going through the night! I need a lot of sleep and my son sounds the same as your daughter. Within days of doing the Gina Ford routine we only had him up once at night for an 11pm feed which we woke him for and that was it until we cut that out altogether. The routine teaches you how to give them their daily allowance of food etc during wakeful times so they are sustained at night. Basically it means when they do cry at night you know they are ok and you just have to be firm. It's not for the faint hearted but it's the baby bible!
Hi, Unfortanately, for babies that young it is quite natural to wake often during the night, as they have really tiny tummies and need regular feeding. To try and make the waking less stressful, you could think about co-sleeping? It worked really well for us as it meant I didn't have to get out of bed to feed.
I used a sleeping bag for my daughter although she had acid reflux so was always up but the sleeping bag worked in between episodes.
She is still very young so it's likely that it will take a few more weeks, if not months to settle into a bed time routine. Try a warm bath, massage, soothing music. Lavendar should help too as it relaxes x