Help! My Baby has Trouble Falling Asleep

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You know the drill. It's 6 p.m., after a hard day, and you are paying the price for allowing your baby to settle for the car nap she took on the way to the mall. Now, she is fussy – to put it mildly – easily irritated, refusing to eat, and resisting her usual soothing routine of an evening bath.

If your baby isn't very tired, he or she is likely to resist sleep..

Her favorite book became a projectile as you tried to read it to her, and you are completely at the end of your rope. You just know that she will sleep soundly tonight.

As the sun shows the first signs of setting behind the horizon, you prepare the nursery, put on her PJ's, and anticipate some peace and quiet. As soon as you do, it's like a switch goes off in your baby – she is wide awake, still upset, and fighting sleep!

What do you do?

Babies can suffer from being over stimulated or being overly tired, just like how an adult can feel under a lot of stress. Most parents first begin trying to calm their baby down with gentle rocking and singing; then they try every other little trick they know, in effort to soothe their baby. Unfortunately, in most cases, this just adds to their over stimulation.

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There are many schools of thought on how to get a baby to fall asleep. Some say they need to learn to soothe themselves, while others encourage co-sleeping, and still others prefer rocking and lulling. The one that is right for you is the one that not only feels right, but the one that works. It may be an entirely different method, or it may be a combination of all. It is normal for parents to wonder if there is something wrong with their children when they don't go to sleep easily, but sometimes it is just a result of personality, or a stage they are entering.

What do you think?

Help! My Baby has Trouble Falling Asleep

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12 comments

  1. Profile photo of Theresa Theresa says:

    my 10 month old daughter used to sleep all night without waking up but when she turned 6 months, everything went downhill. I stayed with my mom at her house at the time and she would wake my baby every time she went down for a nap. Every night she would wake up for a nursing at least 8 times per night! And her naps only lasted about 10 minutes each, if that.. Now, I have my baby taking one 2-3 hour nap during the day and she sleeps better at night. Now she is down to 3 or 4 nursings at night.. i would for it to be less or none at all. Need help with that.

  2. Profile photo of ariel ariel says:

    my little guy has decided to start taking naps, (yay) and he is almost 4 months. he still has a hard time sleeping through the night but hopefully he will be able to sleep better soon. if anyone has any suggestions the only way I can really get him to relax and fall asleep is nursing him. I know that this is not the best habit to have, but are there any suggestion on breaking this habit?

  3. Profile photo of ariel ariel says:

    my little guy has decided to start taking naps, and he is almost 4 months. he still has a hard time sleeping through the night but hopefully he will be able to sleep better soon. if anyone has any suggestions the only way I can really get him to relax and fall asleep is nursing him. I know that this is not the best habit to have, but are there any suggestion on breaking this habit?

  4. Profile photo of jennifer jennifer says:

    One twin sleeps very well, but the other one is more of a challenge. I’m always looking for advice.

  5. Profile photo of mommy nhoj mommy nhoj says:

    My daughter’s sleeping pattern changes a bit whenever her daddy is around. We try to keep it on her routine but I think she misses her dad and wanna play – that’s why!

  6. Profile photo of Amanda Amanda says:

    My 8 week old is getting, better at falling asleep, but it still takes a swaddling and a bunch of rocking to get her there. One good thing… She’s starting to sleep longer at night, 4 to 7 hours at a time, depending on her. My husband and I still don’t have a set routine for her at night. She gets breastfed, burped, swaddled and rocked, but that’s really no different than during the day. Does anyone have suggestions for when we should start reading to her at night? I read her books during the day sometimes, but she doesn’t pay attention.

  7. Profile photo of Marley Crow Marley Crow says:

    i have a situation to where my daughter is 10 months now and her bedtime at 3 months use to be at 8 she would fall asleep around 9 pm and then sleep through the whole night up to six months and then it all changed she started giving me a hard time and now it’s to the point she doesn’t fall asleep now until 1 or 2 in the morning and she’s teething again but how do go about to get her to fall asleep at the same time she use to go to bed i have tried everything bottle,bath,and everything for her and nothing is working… someone please help me so i can get my daughter back on track of her bedtime routine please? any advice or suggestions to help me out here please? i am desperate of someone’s help!!!

  8. Profile photo of paige paige says:

    my 5 month ol dosent sleep good

  9. Profile photo of davidsmom davidsmom says:

    my 2 month old used to sleep around 1 or 2 in the morning. Trying to get him to sleep early but so far he sleeps around 12 now… for now -___-

  10. Profile photo of Angela Angela says:

    My baby finally falls asleep by 9pm, its a struggle because we have to keep her awake. She would like to nap around 7 but then would wake up in 30minutes. Life is easier if we just don’t do the late nap. She then sleeps much better at night.

  11. My 10 month old sleeps from 9pm til about 6pm, but she doesnt tk naps during the day usually 2 or 3 10 min naps

  12. Profile photo of Ade Lina Ade Lina says:

    My 8 month old sleeps well. Its myself that has been having problems sleeping! I guess Ill search for an article that relates more to the Mothers having the sleeping problem~

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