"You have nothing in this world more precious than your children. When you grow old, when your hair turns white and your body grows weary, when you are prone to sit in a rocker and meditate on the things of your life, nothing will be so important as the question of how your children have turned out. It will not be the money you have made. It will not be the cars you have owned. It will not be the large house in which you live. The searing question that will cross your mind again and again will be, How well have my children done?"

~President Gordon B. Hinckley

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

SLEEP DEPRIVATION

OKAY...I need your help!! Lilee is the WORST sleeper EVER!! We have been waking up every hour all night long for a couple weeks now. WHAT DO I DO?! We've tried crying it out, giving her the bottle(propping it up), swaddling...etc!! NOTHING works. The only thing we've found is that she'll sleep about 3-5 hours in her swing. She doesn't nap anywhere but her swing already and I am just going INSANE!! ANY help would be GREATLY appreciated!! Seth and I are just exhausted and in need of a good cure all!! E-mail me or write a comment if you have any suggestions...I really am open to ANYTHING...books, methods, things that worked for you!! THANKS!!

20 comments:

Kristi said...

I have had a lot of success with the book Baby wise and a lot of friends do the Baby Whisperer. I am sorry, I don't have this problem (so far) with any of my kids (knock on wood). I wish I could help! I really hope she gets through this soon!!!

Donna said...

Sounds just like my precious little Aidan was. Sorry to say that there was no cure..it lasted for a whole year! We did the cry it out thing and that did progressively help. By 9 months I was getting at least 4 hours at a time. Good luck!! And call me if you need to vent!

Blair Family said...

I know the feeling. Belle can be a horrible sleeper. I actually got a hair sample done (holistic stuff, expensive). And just need to get some oils and then it is supposed to help. It has really helped my sister and I can't wait to start doing it. But for tummy aches you can get Gripe Water at like Sprouts. My mom also says that if you feed them snacks too much that that will make their tummies upset and they won't sleep well. I guess that is all of my suggestions. Let me know if you need anything else. Good Luck!!

Aaron & Brittney said...

That is so hard! Brynlie started waking up every hour wanting to eat when she was about 4-5 months old. Anytime she saw me at night she thought I would feed her so we had to make it so that should did not see me at night after she went to bed. Poor Aaron had to go in there everytime and would comfort her and then leave (didn't pick her up) and then let her cry for a while before doing that again. After a few nights she was sleeping great and is now a great sleeper. I don't know.. it is such a hard and frustrating thing! One of my friends had the same thing and her Dr. suggested to her to try letting her sleep on her tummy (even though they say not too). She said it worked right away so they always put her down on her tummy and she would sleep great.... I guess it is just a matter of finding what will work for your little one! Hopefully you will be able to get some sleep soon!
Good luck!

Moore said...

wow...sorry to hear that...our little guy, Kenny, is doing the same thing! except when he wakes up every hour, it's because he's hungry...he eats like a pig!! we give him 4 oz and then he falls back asleep...but he does it every hour or two...its been crazy...so, if you figure something out...let me know! Cause at 8 months old(that's how old Kenny is) he should be sleeping pretty much through the night by now.

andreamatrix said...

NyQuil. Works wonders... Oh wait, my kids are older. Good luck!

kimber said...

I am a HUGE believer in baby wise and I know you've tried it and said it doesn't work, my advice is to stick it out. It took my sister 7 days of listening to screaming constantly, then boom the 8th night he slept through the night. My kids both slept through the night at 8 weeks, and are the best nappers/sleepers. It's hell listening to it but it's so worth it in the end. Just hang in there, it won't last forever. Have you tried putting her on her stomach? I know they tell you not to but both my girls were sleeping on their stomachs at 8 weeks.

meagan said...

Ella had terrible collic and would not sleep for a while (in the begining) either... we were never good at letting her cry it out for more than 10 minutes. I wish I had good advice, but alas am at a loss. Great family pictures, by the way!

Lindsey said...

Sorry I can't help with advice... you know Amy. However, call me when you want to bring your kids over and play so that you can nap. Seriously.

Jess & Sara Phillips said...

I agree with Kimber, Babywise worked wonders for both my boys. To get a running start, try to keep her up as late as you can and make sure she has a full tummy before you put her to bed then let her cry it out and don't go to her room till morning, she will be fine and if she hears you walking outside her room she will just keep crying. Once she understands that no one will come (it sounds harsh) while it's dark then hopefully she'll settle into a routine and then you can start to make her bedtime earlier. Hope this if helpful, I know it's hard to hear them cry.

stef80 said...

Riley's worker suggusted a Snuggle Nest for Chloe. She slept in it between us for a few weeks. Now she sleeps in it in her cradle. It works great. There's foam pads that make the baby feel secure.

Mark and Karen said...

With Kenny we used the "let them cry" method and it worked great! I was ready to do the same with Carley and tried for weeks! It didn't work for her. A friend gave me the baby whisperer book and that method of soothing then leaving, and soothing then leaving, again and again and again!!!! ... finally worked. Each child is so different. I also had my kids seep on their tummies. Good luck!

cammac said...

Oh Nikki! I know what you mean. McKenna fights sleep during the day like nobody's business! For some reason, she sleeps at night really well. I keep her up until about 11:00pm then she'll sleep until about 7am. during the day, the swing is it. She'll sleep well in my arms but the minute I lay her down- she's up. I'm trying the babywise thing- not working so much for me. Maybe try a special formula (for fussy babys, etc.) Honestly, its not working for me, but I know each kid is different. McKenna is just high maintenance (AKA: colic) I'll hang in there with ya. I'm glad you asked though, I like the other people's responses.

Jennifer said...

I have to throw in my vote for babywise too. I got bad with Lincoln for awhile - letting him fall asleep with bottles, but when I went to AZ it was my chance to get him back on track (at home Michael's in bed at 8:00 p.m., so it's hard to let the kids be too noisy). It took about 2 nights of him crying his little heart out, but he got back on track with falling asleep on his own, and making it back to sleep even if he woke up. Your situation is way different than mine of course, but it sounds like you got a lot of great advice, so I hope it gets better soon!!!! Good luck!

The Kurtzeborn Family said...

Pray Nikki!! Just pray!! When Clark wasn't sleeping through the night I used to pray so hard that he would sleep and I promised Heavenly Father that I would be a better mom because I would have a healthy nights sleep and be able to care for my kids better. I swear I still thank the Lord every morning that my baby sleeps through the night! I dump rice cereal in Clark's bottle before bed. I make it kind of a milkshake consistency. He slurps in down in 4minutes! And I let him sleep on his belly. I know all the doctors in the world tell you not to do that, but the day that my babies can lift up their head and turn it from side to side they go on their belly. They seem to sleep more soundly that way. Sometimes I would give my babies Tylenol too. Definitely not every night, but maybe they have a headache or maybe their teeth are pushing up in their gums. Maybe she's waking up cause she's in some pain or something. A little Tylenol never hurts - and it seems to knock them out! Don't get the wrong idea - I don't medicate my children on a regular basis or anything :o) But sometimes it's what works especially when they can't tell you what's wrong! I wrote you a book ;-)

Kristi said...

yikes - my kids really never even did the crieng thing on babywise. They just slept through the night at 6 weeks - all of them so far. From about 8:30 pm - 7:30 am. I have heard that some kids are just naturally better sleepers... You are in our prayers - getting no sleep is soooo hard!

Momto3crazykids said...

Have you gotten any sleep yet?? How are things going? I hope it gets better. It sounds like you have gotten a lot of good advice

Momto3crazykids said...

Have you gotten any sleep yet?? How are things going? I hope it gets better. It sounds like you have gotten a lot of good advice

The Carney Family said...

A few things I did with Little Free... I used to change him, feed him, read story, prayers and then put him to bed. I switched to feeding him first, waiting 20 minutes then changing him just because he seemed to be getting such a full wet diaper during the night I think that was one of the issues. Then also letting him cry. Cry for 10 minutes, check on him, Cry for 15-20 min., check... then the third time he usually just exhausted himself that he fell asleep. Probably after a week, it didn't take that long for him to fall asleep. Last thing, lavender scented bath stuff, and bath before bed. Hope it helps!

Fabulous Franklins said...

Wow! That can be so terribly frustrating! I just remember praying and crying- Please sleep!! I had to eventually to the crying thing for both my kids at about 4-5 months. It worked both times. I wouldn't just let them cry until they were hysterical. I would go comfort them by patting their backs, and saying night-night. They eventually learned that i wasn't going to pick them up or feed them any more at night. Something i also had to do with Abree was put her on her tummy. I know i know, it's bad, but she really needed that. The minute i put her on her tummy-she slept for hours!Mason just needed the tight swaddling type thing. I really hope you find out what works best for you. As far as babywise, and other techniques--i kind of mixed them all up to what fit my style and needs. I guess you just do what works best for you! Good Luck!