I have a 5 month old. He used to be cranky and sleep very little during the day, and not go to sleep until 12 or 12.30 at night. One week end, I kept watching him the whole day (made my schedule secondary) and at the first sign of him rubbing his eyes, I took him to bed, dimmed all lights, placed him next to me and sang to him (he was playing and making noises for 15 min and then went to sleep). I kept doing it twice during the day and at night again at 10.30. Couple of days later, he went to sleep by himself at 9.30. This has become regular now. He sleeps between 8 and 9.30 pm now and wakes up refreshed between 7 and 8 in the morning (and takes two 1 hour naps in the mornings).
Babies might not go to sleep due to any of the following reasons:
1. Cannot sleep on his own
2. Adults' schedule affects his sleep schedule (we might have been shopping, cooking, working etc during baby's sleepy time)
3. Thinks it is play time always (my husband plays with my son a lot and every time my husband lifts him, even at 2 am, my son thinks its play time)
4. Something might be bothering him (teething, trying to roll over/crawl/sit up, feeling cold/hot etc)
The list might be endless, but I think if we keep trying one of these solutions we might hit the right one in a matter of one week's time.
P.S: Sorry for the lengthy post, I hope it was useful to some extent.
Edited by: SKLVKR at: 12/21/2008 (22:12)
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