14 answers

2 Month Old Baby Not Sleeping More than 9 Hours Total

I have a baby girl who is now 2-1/2 months old. Since she was about 5 weeks she has completely stopped sleeping during the day. She has been sleeping fine at night from about 8:30p until 5am when she will wake and eat. Sometimes she will go back to sleep til about 7:30 and be up the rest of the day or our day will start right then at 5am. After feedings she will doze off while burping her on my shoulder but the second I lay her down (or move for that matter) to nap she wakes and crys. By 5-6pm she is completely exhausted and will just cry so hard even on a full belly and dry diaper. It sometimes takes several hours to get her to calm down and go to bed for the night. Any suggestions on what I should do or try?

What can I do next?

Featured Answers

I really LOVE the book Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child by Dr. Marc Weissbluth. I really don't know what I would have done with out it. It helped me so much with my kids and their sleeping problems. You can probably get it used for pretty cheap on half.com
Not just for babies but kids also. Sleep problems affect everything and make everyone cranky! I feel for you!

More Answers

I agree with Kimberly. You need "Babywise." It works.

T.

This sounds almost exactly like my duaghter. She would sleep throught the night fine and then just want to be awake all day, she would even do the little morning nap like yours. I started to implement the principles of babywise. Now she is a great napper. I would only let her cry for fifteen minutes. If she cried more than that I just got her up. Or if her cry was more like a scream for more than five minutes I got her up consoled her and tried again in a little while. I think what is happeneing is that by the end of the day she is overtired and having a meltdown. The main thing I learned with babywise was how to tell when she was crying because she was tired versus when she was crying becasue she was in pain or hungry. I also started to recognize tired signals before she started crying. Like droopy eyes or she stopped enaging in play or now that she is older she starts rubbing her eyes. Good luck. just remember you are the mom. you know your baby and whats best for her.

I have been on the waitlist at the library for 2 months and have finally gotten the babywise book on hold, so I haven't read it yet. However, I loved the ideas about sleep needs in the book "The No-Cry Sleep Solution" - it was a wonderful read. You may check this out too.

I really LOVE the book Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child by Dr. Marc Weissbluth. I really don't know what I would have done with out it. It helped me so much with my kids and their sleeping problems. You can probably get it used for pretty cheap on half.com
Not just for babies but kids also. Sleep problems affect everything and make everyone cranky! I feel for you!

It sounds like it might be time for her to learn to go to sleep w/o nursing/bottle. Something that both Babywise and Happiest Baby promote. The one thing I really used from Babywise was the idea of a eat/wake/sleep schedule. That way they learn (eventually) to fall asleep without the feeding. And we LOVED Happiest Baby on the Block. I read the book and got a lot out of knowing the "whys", but the DVD might be a faster fix!

Sounds like you're little one wants to be held. If you do not want to hold her while she sleeps, try swaddling her. Best book ever--Happiest Baby On the Block by Dr. Karp. It will explain why your little one won't let you put her down, how to soothe her and what to do to get her some sleep. My degree is in child development and this is the only baby book I recommend--it's amazing. You can also try his website--just google Harvey Karp--I believe they explain the Five S's there, which is the calming technique he uses.
Good luck!
Oh, and the whole baby wise thing will probably not work for your daughter--it sounds like she is too sensitive to respond to that at this point. Happiest Baby will explain to you how to get her natural calming reflex going so you can move forward.
Happy to talk you through this if you need help--I have the book still--let me know if you'd like my number.
J.

It is VERY rare for a infant to sleep through the night they need to eat every three hours for a while.
Does she cry and lift her legs up or seem uncomfortable? Are you giving her mylicon to help maybe relieve gas bubbles?
I know my daughter very early on had reflux. She outgrew it by 4 months but she was up every three hours and slept a lot better if I held her too, the rocking helped calm her and her laying down flat caused pain from the reflux. Is she spitting up a lot more then the norm?
Please understand that they are constantly growing and you cannot even plan to sleep all night until they are close to the year mark. Some babies do it sooner but neither of mine slept through the night until close to 10 mos.
Don't wait until she is asleep to lay her down, get her drowsy, put her in her own crib and lay her down, try white noise machines and make sure she is still swaddled. That helped my babies a lot being swaddled and cozy.

Try reading "The Happiest Baby on the Block", it really helped me and my son didn't want to ever sleep, even at night.

1 / 3
Required Fields

Our records show that we already have a Mamapedia or Mamasource account created for you under the email address you entered.

Please enter your Mamapedia or Mamasource password to continue signing in.

Required Fields

, you’re almost done...

Since this is the first time you are logging in to Mamapedia with Facebook Connect, please provide the following information so you can participate in the Mamapedia community.

As a member, you’ll receive optional email newsletters and community updates sent to you from Mamapedia, and your email address will never be shared with third parties.

By clicking "Continue to Mamapedia", I agree to the Mamapedia Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.