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My 5 month old won’t sleep for longer than 10 minutes during the day at a time. It’s getting too hard to constantly be trying to get her to sleep with a 18 month old running around as well. She’s never happy because she’s tired but just won’t sleep. I’m starting to pull all my hair out ????


Posted by Mumof2, 11th March 2021


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  • I don’t know if this is the answer you are looking for, but I was recommended baby wearing. That way, you can get some stuff done, and if they are comfortable, they may nap for longer stretches at a time. My 5 month old was a chubby bubby though, so it wasn’t a feasible option for me (although I still have to walk a 13 month old to sleep some times!) but you’ll get some muscles!!!


  • I have a 2 year old and 5 month old. Best thing I did was invest in a vibrating bouncer. It works for him to soothe in and I find once he is asleep or getting really sleepy I can move him to his bed. Best naptime we get is when his big brother is napping though.


  • Does baby self settle? Check out awake windows for the age and encourage self settling! Over or undertited makes it hard for them to sleep!


  • We put my son in the carrier, unless he was in contact with us he would only sleep for 10 mins, if that. Having him in the carrier meant I could get other things done and he would just drift off when he was ready and the same with waking up! He was generally happy so we knew he was getting enough sleep. Otherwise I’d feed him to sleep and watch shows on my phone with earphones in while he slept on my lap


  • It could just be over or under tiredness. Getting it right is tricky but make sure they have a full tummy and have enough of an awake window. Things like a dark room etc and their environment also help


  • For me I have to make sure I get the first nap at the right time. So if my little one wakes at 6:30 the first nap is exactly 1.5 hours later. If I miss this nap he\’s over tired and doesn\’t settle well for the rest of the day. If I need to reset him because he\’s over tired I walk him in the pram or go for a drive, but at all costs I don\’t rock him.


  • For me I have to make sure I get the first nap at the right time. So if my little one wakes at 6:30 the first nap is exactly 1.5 hours later. If I miss this nap he\\\’s over tired and doesn\\\’t settle well for the rest of the day. If I need to reset him because he\\\’s over tired I walk him in the pram or go for a drive, but at all costs I don\\\’t rock him.


  • Have you followed asleep routine before? Especially at night keeping the same routine helps the day sleeps follow.


  • I believe in a long walk in the pram after their meals or mid morning, the fresh air is good for them and you can keep the older children happy. We loved to go to the local parks. I use to tire the kids out.


  • Following this as I have a two month old who is the same and a 21 month old who also runs around, driving me crazy!


  • Could you try the pram? My 10mth old was the same around that age.
    He now will only sleep with his white noise machine going (it’s not the proper white noise he prefers more of a staticky sound, as well as his riff raff playing and placed above his head so he has something soft touching him


  • My son was like that… he was only asleep longer when in pram…I was running around the block few times a day for him to have naps


  • Oh how awful. If bub is sleeping through the night tho, you can kinda make up your lost sleep. Have you tried ignoring bub when she wakes after 10 mins? They might self settle


  • I feel your pain I had this issue both My e would only sleep if it was on us…..we went to.sleep school for a 3 day live in stay…most states have them…..it is so hard and I was battling with PND at the same time with my 2nd…..go to.your GP they can offer help.good luck x


  • Have you tried an electric rocker? It was a godsend for my first born.


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