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Old Aug 22nd, 2011, 12:34 PM   1
Lety
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Arghh how do you deal with a baby fighting sleep??


She's literally fighting with me!! I don't want to restrain her as she's getting more upset but if I put her down she will definitely not sleep and cries even more



 
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Old Aug 22nd, 2011, 12:44 PM   2
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Have you tried swaddling? Maybe she's now too big but a nice swaddle and bouncing on our exercise ball helped with our little sleep fighter. I found our LO gets overstimulated and will then fight sleep. She seems to equate swaddle with sleep - so a good hour before her bedtime I keep her in her dark and warm nursery. Of course, this takes patience and a lot of time away from my day...but the alternative is worse with all the fussiness. DH and I aren't yet at the point where we can just leave her sleepy - "shushing" is necessary for us. I hope it gets better for you and your LO soon!



 
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Old Aug 22nd, 2011, 12:45 PM   3
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Distraction usually works, if he's screaming blue murder I can put mickey mouse on and he instantly shuts up, and then after 5 mins watching he is usually asleep! This has worked a few times for me, when nothing else does x



 
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There is a point where you might not be able to do anything but just hold her and get her through it. Sometimes trying can make it harder on both of you.



 
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Old Aug 22nd, 2011, 13:35 PM   5
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Distraction usually works, if he's screaming blue murder I can put mickey mouse on and he instantly shuts up, and then after 5 mins watching he is usually asleep! This has worked a few times for me, when nothing else does x
Tv works for us too. Anything will do, lo nearly fell asleep in her bumbo earlier watching a baby Einstein. Only a few minutes before that she was very cross with me & getting overtired



 
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Old Aug 22nd, 2011, 15:38 PM   6
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i give up & try again a bit later.
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Old Aug 22nd, 2011, 15:42 PM   7
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Have you tried swaddling? Maybe she's now too big but a nice swaddle and bouncing on our exercise ball helped with our little sleep fighter. I found our LO gets overstimulated and will then fight sleep. She seems to equate swaddle with sleep - so a good hour before her bedtime I keep her in her dark and warm nursery. Of course, this takes patience and a lot of time away from my day...but the alternative is worse with all the fussiness. DH and I aren't yet at the point where we can just leave her sleepy - "shushing" is necessary for us. I hope it gets better for you and your LO soon!
we do exactly the same!! shushing in our dark room, swaddled and on the exercise ball! works a treat, except i think she's become a little too reliant on the ball now.. we need to wean her off it lol



 
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Old Aug 22nd, 2011, 15:43 PM   8
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The only thing that works for us is going out, either in the pram or sling carrier. She almost always is asleep by the end f the road - I am shattered though!



 
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i give up & try again a bit later.
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Old Aug 22nd, 2011, 15:48 PM   10
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White noise. It's saved my sanity these last few months. As soon as we switch it on he goes to sleep! Best £7 I ever spent! Xx



 
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