I'm not sure where I'm going wrong. LO seems overtired a lot and fights any type of sleep after noon. Bedtime is 7:30 but it usually takes several hours to get her to sleep. She wakes up once to eat and is up around 7:30 am. Eat,play then nap around 9. She then goes into a dead to the world sleep for 3 hours on the dot. Eat, play, nap again around 1:30/2. She then sleeps for an hour on the dot, wakes up crabby and still tired but won't go back to sleep. Catnaps (30min) around dinner and then the hell of bedtime starts again. She's never up more than 2 hours but seems tired from about 3pm on. Any ideas???
Re: Sleep help-naps and nighttime
How old is she?
Maybe you shouldn't be following eat, play, nap because it sounds like that isn't working? Are you following her tired cues? If I don't start a nap time routine right when DD starts acting tired then the window of opportunity starts slipping away.
Evenings are tough for my DD as well and she is so overstimulated by the end of the day that she's sort of a mess. She does pass out after her bedtime bottle though.
with DD we were on a 2up 2 down schedule from 3 months on. whenever it was time for nap we would do lotion/scent to let her get the cues. In saying this DS is at the 3 month mark and has a mind of his own with getting on any kind of schedule! DS cluster feeds before bed. He will eat a bottle with us at dinner, then bath, then he will eat again before we put him down for the night.
Have you tried a bit more to eat in the evenings?
The glory of the cluster feed is there is no right or wrong way. Last night DS ate 5 oz for DH. I gave him a bath and then he did another 5 oz...that was maybe an hour apart.
Some people try cereal starting at 4-5 months. have you tried anything like that? I started about a week ago and DS is about 3 1/2 months. (started late with DD and just trying something different this time around) The cereal doesn't have a lot of nutritional value but is a good filler. Its also hit or miss on if you spoon feed or add it to the bottle. Well I go against the grain here and add it to the bottle. Not the last bottle. the one before bath. That way if he is going to spit up and choke I can hear it and save his life. (peoples main concern is the baby choking to death).
From the sounds of it your LO is formula fed? Also it sounds like you have a bit of a schedule going. For your bath time routine have you tried the baby bed time lotion? It has a light lavender scent which is supposed to be calming.
With DD we did the CIO. DS is still a bit young for me to let the CIO begin. If you can handle it, you should do a bit of research on CIO methods and see whats going to work best for you!!
I feel like this whole post is one big joke. Don't listen to any of this OP.
How many times do people have to say that CEREAL DOESN'T HELP A BABY SLEEP before people actually get it? You already know it's a filler, so therefore it's taking up space in your baby's stomach where something with actual nutritional value should be - like BM or formula. Also, putting it in the bottle....I won't even touch that. Come on now. OP, you should get the ok from your Pedi before starting any solids at all. Babies actually need to be ready - it's not when YOU are ready.
I still can't believe all the horse shit in this post.....
Well your Pedi sounds like a real winner too.
My Pedi said there is a growth spurt around this time so increased feeding or cluster feeding is pretty normal. It's a big fat myth that cereal helps a baby sleep. It doesn't. If someone says it does, it's merely coincidence.