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Fighting sleep?

DD is almost 4months old and fights sleep like CRAZY! We have to swaddle her so tight she can't move and hold her paci in her mouth until she falls asleep. She will grunt and groan and flail around to keep herself awake. This morning she was half asleep and just sitting there watching her hand opening and closing it so she would not fall asleep. She's getting too big for her swaddling blanket and has figured out how to escape. I really want to be able to put her to sleep without swaddling. But if we don't she just moves so much she keeps herself awake. Any ideas on what to do??

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:36 AM on Apr. 7, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • Have you tried white noise cd's? it's usually sounds like a fan running or rain.


    Answer by BlooBird at 12:39 AM on Apr. 7, 2010

  • swaddle her her in bigger blankets...get a larger blanket and tuck the blanket around her tightly under the crib matress...and soothing cd's of nature sounds are good, even lullabye ones are good

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:01 AM on Apr. 7, 2010

  • first ,any change it will take time , and patience. Take off the swaddle she is big for that and can be dangerous. Start a sleep time routine saying a song, or read a little while she is in her bed or in your hands do it at low light, then to sleep at her bed, lights off let her fall asleep . During the day make sure she have lots of activities and maybe she needs to start sleepy time later ( watch for the cues of tiredness like yawning) don't let her sleep too much during the day or nap too late in the afternoon. Good luck!

    Answer by violetlady at 1:08 AM on Apr. 7, 2010

  • If she's breaking loose, then it's time to wean her from her swaddle. Try doing it gradually, with just one arm out first. Then just wrap her belly for awhile. We found it to work really well to then transition DS to a regular Halo sleepsack, and the sleepsacks became part of the bedtime routine. Give her time though to adjust.

    Answer by smittendorff at 2:59 PM on Apr. 7, 2010

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