After her feed I keep her a wake for 1.5 hours (Play time) then I wrap her (wrapping her helped me so much) then I take her to her room, put her in her pram, close the curtains or turn the light off then push the pram back and forth over a bump (example: the seal between vinyl and carpet) can be very effective.
Now she knows her routine and sleeps for me. It took her some time to get used to this routine but I think she likes it now.
Nicole, Bayley 3 and Jordan 18mths
He goes to bed at about 7:30-8:00pm and wakes 2-3 times through the night. Normally 12 , 2:30 and then about 4:30. I'm very glad that my husband takes over the 2:30 feed so i can get a little bit of sleep.
He is a very happy baby , except when I'm cooking dinner. From 4pm till his bedtime feed he is having a feed about each hour. It's very frustrating . I also have a 5 year old that at the same time is wanting his dinner.
Take care Marianne
marianne, Qld , mum cheeky monkey 14months
She will wake in the morning around 8 feed, have a bit of a play on the floor then feed again and go to sleep on the breast !! as soon as I put her in her basinette she wakes up crying !! I usually pick her up cuddle her back to sleep and put her down again, sometimes it works sometimes it doesnt. The last couple of days has been very trying, she just catnaps for around 30mins each time and then I have to feed her again to get her back to sleep, feeding around every 2hrs !!! Like your baby Christine she gets progressively tired during the day and real cranky by 5-6pm when she will not stop cyring, and I have to walk around with her until bath time then I feed her till she falls asleep and put her to bed around 9.30pm she usually goes for about 5hrs at night, and its hardly ever a problem to get her back to sleep then!!
Its really hard to get even the basic things done during the day, as for shopping forget it !! Im lucky to have a shower. I too tried the sleep settle centre but didnt like it, It was heartbreaking to hear the crying and it didnt really help much anyway, so I dont know what else to try. any ideas would be very welcome !!
I had similar problems with my daughter when she was very young! Someone from our mothers group suggested wrapping and i know it helped oue little one.
There are many ways to do this and any early childhood nurse should be able to show you these.
This was part of her early sleep pattern feed, play, nappy, wrap then bed.
DD5, DS3, DS lost to SIDS at 6mths & DD6m
Kazzie, you just described my 10 week old little girl! She has exactly the sleeping pattern. I have tried a couple of things in the last week or two and they have seemed to be working a bit better.
I generally give her a feed between 6pm - 7pm and she will sleep for 6-7hrs if I let her. But I wake her up at around 10pm - 11pm. Give her a feed, play with her then give her a top up and put back to bed. I then found she slept through to about 5am - 6am. From this time on she ususally starts her cat nap fase. So I guess this was the feed that I had to make sure she had a full tummy and had lots of activity on the floor. I even read her a story. I found by just keeping her up and tiring her out a little bit more than usual, made her want to go back to sleep for a couple of hours, in the morning. So hopefully she will sleep somewhere between 8:30am - 11:00am. It might just give you enough time to get some things done.
I, like you, have found it really frustrating just trying to fit a shower in. Mind you, this system is still in progress. After 12pm onwards, forget it, she will not sleep until about 7pm. So I now have realised that I just need to get on with it and get things done, so I use a baby carrier/pouch which I put her in, but have her facing outwards. She seems to be quiet content on just walking about the house with me while I do some housework etc. though I can't keep her in that for too long, but she will often have a little sleep in that.
Like you my shopping experiences are horrible!
Anyone with advice on anything is more than welcome. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sandi, NSW, 6mth baby girl
Hows it going now with the sleeping ?
My little girl is 11wks old tomorrow, and the daytime sleeps are still few and far between. She seems to sleep better in the morning and by the afternoon forget it! she actually slept thru the night on the 2nd June. I put her down about 8pm and she didnt wake till 7am !!! 11hrs...Mind you I was awake checking on her smile she hasnt done it since. She goes down around 8.30 sleeps till 1ish then goes back to sleep generall till about 5am, although today it was 7am.
I still find it hard during the day, I took her out shopping a couple of days ago, what a hassle with the carseat and pram lol, but I'm glad I made the effort. Last night and most of the afternoon she was crying until she went to bed, just over tired I thought. She hates the baby sling so I cant use that, she does enjoy lying on the floor on her activity mat with overhanging toys, at least for a while anyway smile I am having progress with putting her down to sleep in the mornings now, she doesnt actually have to be asleep first!! I can put her down while shes still awake and she puts herself to sleep, which is really good. OOps shes waking up, better go, let me know how its all going