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“Hi, My 6 month old is waking every 2 hours and only cap naps during the day. I’m ok with the cat napping during the day as he is now sitting up and playing but every 2 hours at night is getting to me. He only settles on my breast and even then sometimes it takes 3 attempts to get him fully asleep. He sleeps in a cot in our room but by 2am he ends up in our bed. We don’t mind co-sleeping but he continues to wake up and feed. We are NOT doing controlled crying. We have also tried dummies & bottle feeding and he won’t take either at any time of the day or night! So, has anyone used someone to help their babies sleep? Can someone be recommended in the Brisbane area, that do not use CC or CIO?”

Posted by Anon, 04/04/13

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  • If his tummy is not full he will do that before nap male sure he take his milk or solid properly

  • My boy was the same. When he was 10 months old he still had 10 breastfeeds. Always was a light sleeper and hardly had naps. But he was a happy chappy. He’s 13 yrs old now and it has changed ;)
    It’s ok, you don’t do anything wrong !

  • Oo if you\’re in Brisbane check out The possums online for mothers and babies. As far as I know they are not into cc and very much into mums and babies as a unit. Worth a look into

  • Is he or she on solids. Getting enough to eat in day?

  • if he is waking and feeding maybe he is hungry, Have you started solid foods yet?

  • My son was similar & I persisted & kept thinking he would grow out of it. He didn’t :( I ended up at Tweddle (sleep school in Vic) & was dreading it as I too am against controlled crying. I was however really surprised when I went as they don’t recommend that anymore. They use the responsive settling technique where you are sitting next to the cot patting & sshing, then you gradually move away from the cot. I spent the 4 day stay next to the cot as I didn’t want to cause too much distress too early & then when I got home I followed the same routine & after a couple of days at home I was able to put him in the cot & walk out of the room :)

  • I hope you found a suggestion that really worked for you.

  • If he’s not already, he might need to be starting on solids. He may be hungry.

  • What did you end up doing?

  • How did you go with your baby?

  • Rach has a long list of helpful tips

  • I’d give him a bigger feed of solids for dinner and a long feed before bed to fill his tummy up as much as possible. I hope things have improved for you by now

  • Nothin worse than no sleep. U poor thing

  • Offering cooled boiled water
    Putting them on their backs and massaging their tummies or moving their legs in a bicycling motion seemed to stop the crying, if only for a while.
    Lots of windy babies respond to motion of some sort. You could try walking up and down the stairs, or gently rocking or jiggling him.
    Putting in the pram or sling, and going for a walk, or taking them for a drive in the car is a solution that works for lots of parents.
    Certain noises are said to help, usually those that emulate the conditions of the womb, so, the rhythmic churning of a washing machine, a ticking clock, or specifically recorded ‘womb music’. And music generally can have a soothing effect – one survey actually found Brahms and Bach to be particularly effective!
    You mentioned you are breastfeeding, bear in mind the theory that your baby may be sensitive to something in your diet – wheat, dairy, caffeine, citrus fruits, alcohol and strong veg such as cauliflower, are said to be likely culprits. You could try keeping a food diary and cutting things out in turn to see if there’s any improvement.
    Herbal remedies might be worth a try and as they’re natural and harmless, you’ve nothing to lose by trying. Camomile, fennel and peppermint teas, available from reputable health food shops or big chemists, are recommended for colic. Offer one teaspoon to baby on a teaspoon or diluted in a bottle of water, or drink a cup yourself if breastfeeding. Another ‘alternative’ treatment for crying babies is cranial osteopathy, which it’s said can help re-shape and reduce pressure on the skull. There’s no real evidence that it works and you’ll have to go private if you want to try it as it’s not available on the NHS.

  • Try expressing your milk and giving it to him in a bottle :-)

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