Baby sleep problems...
So Lithia used to be a great sleeper. Until she started teething and going through separation anxiety, it's almost impossible to get her to sleep. I would like to get her to sleep on her own but I can't! We had a great bedtime routine that worked for months. I don't bathe her every night, but mostly i would feed her, give her a massage with lavender lotion, turn on lullabies, and lay her down while drowsy, and pat her back til she fell asleep. Eventually, that stopped working even though we did this every single night, at the same time. Well, instead of patting her back, I would rock her a little, and that worked for a week. So then I started bouncing her. Well, the first couple days, it was perfect. she would be out so fast and stay asleep all night. Then she started waking up 30mins after she would fall asleep. I would bounce her, and she would be back asleep for the night. Well, about 3 weeks ago, she started taking longer to fall asleep. the only thing relaxing her is bouncing. i would give her tylenol and hylands teething tablets for her pain, and still did the bedtime routine. But no matter how sleepy she is, she won't go to sleep. I even heard if babies are better rested and not overtired, they fall asleep easier. That doesn't apply to my baby. I can't just lay her in the bed and expect her to fall asleep on her own. She is 9 months old, she can crawl, stand and cruise. So as soon as she lays in the bed, she is instantly up again. She wakes up several times now in the night crying. And I don't go to bed right after she does, thats the time my hubby gets off work, so i have time to eat, relax, play video games, or watch movies or whatever. And it is SO frustrating!! Her usual waking time in the morning is 10am, even if she goes to bed at 4am, she STILL wakes up at that time. I am so exhausted all the time, I am always irratable in the day time, just plum wore out. We are always late for any appointments, and i end up not getting many chores done during the day, because i usually end up napping with her cause im too exhausted. And bouncing hurts my back SO bad. But thats all i can to do calm her. I have introduced a lovey, actually, she has a pink bunny that smells like me, and a blanket that smells like her daddy. But that still doesnt comfort her. She has her 9 month checkup on monday, So i will talk to her dr. but i can't handle this. And I never have any sort of help. Hubby works tuesday-saturdays from 2:30pm til midnight. He tries to help get her to sleep at nights. but throughout the day, Its just us so I can't even take a break. PLEASE HELP!!!!!
How long does she nap for and how many naps a day?
My daughter takes 3 naps for an hour but she's a light sleeper so I have to do quiet chores while she sleeps and loud ones I have her play in the room i'm in. I hope it gets better for you!