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I'm trying to get my daughter to go to bed about 2 1/2 hours than she is used to...

and she isnt. it's frustrating! I try patting her bouncing her giving her boobie... and she dozes off then wakes right back up... what am i doing wrong?

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MomNbabyGirl009

Asked by MomNbabyGirl009 at 1:54 AM on Aug. 6, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • 2 1/2 hours earlier or later? if its earlier, try to do it in increments of about 30 mins. say normally she falls asleep for the night around 10, one night go with 9:30 and do that for a few days, then 9, then 8:30 and so forth. but doing it all at once will make her wake up that much earlier or not sleep well if she's not tired enough (same example, but instead of doing 30 mins you get her to sleep at 7:30 she'll probably either not sleep well and wake alot b/c she isn't tired enough, or she'll wake up at 4 instead of 6) the gradual change will give her time to get used to it.
    vabchmommy

    Answer by vabchmommy at 2:36 AM on Aug. 6, 2009

  • Heh heh...you're expecting her to sleep? At six months, that's not in the job description!

    Seriously...you're probably making too big a change at one time. Change it by about 15 minutes every couple of nights.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 2:36 AM on Aug. 6, 2009

  • earlier, right now when she goes to bed, she sleeps about 8-10 hours straight at night time i just want to push it back so she is going to bed about 2 hours earlier...
    MomNbabyGirl009

    Answer by MomNbabyGirl009 at 2:41 AM on Aug. 6, 2009

  • Wake her up earlier and mover her naps up as well. If you are going to change on aspect of the schedule you will most likely have to change all of it. Starting in the morning and working you r way through the day. It will probably make her grumpy the first week or so.
    But_Mommie

    Answer by But_Mommie at 6:28 AM on Aug. 6, 2009

  • If she's waking up when taking her off the boob, then stick a pacifier in and see if that helps her to stay sleeping. My daughter has one after finishing her bottles and sleeps all night long. She may be teething so the sucking probably relieves some of that discomfort.
    slynnb

    Answer by slynnb at 8:47 AM on Aug. 6, 2009

  • expecting too much too soon. Move her bed time by 15-30 minutes at a time. Give her a few days or a week then move it again. You can't just expect her to start going to bed sooner just because. If she's not tired, she's not tired.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:35 AM on Aug. 6, 2009

  • she wont take pacifiers and she is getting her third tooth right now :)

    ill do it slowly night by night...
    MomNbabyGirl009

    Answer by MomNbabyGirl009 at 7:36 PM on Aug. 6, 2009

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