I apologise in advance but this is a rather long story.
My youngest daughter has just turned 6 months. At around 2 months old she was a pretty good sleeper – having regular naps during the day and having one 6-7 hour sleep at night then waking every 2-3 hours after that. Then all of a sudden it was like a switch was hit and from then on it was a struggle to get her to sleep during the day and she was waking every hour at night. She’s been slightly better the past week or so, sleeping around 5 hours during the day (as opposed to the 2hrs she was having) and is sleeping for 1 1/2 – 2 hours at night before waking and repeating.
I’m really at a loss..she has the dummy and is wrapped. We’ve got a bedtime routine of quiet time/reading, bath, bottle and bed (in her darkened room). We’ve tried taking the dummy away, partially unwrapping her, completely unwrapped, rocking, patting, singing. Tried changing the time of her solids to night instead of morning, tried extra bottle, tried nurofen/panadol for teeth (I do know she is teething), infants friend and gripe water for wind, teddy warmed up on her belly, she’s currently on Losac for suspected silent reflux (has been on this for about 2-3 weeks and her head is raised in the cot), tried less clothes/blankets and more in case she was too hot/cold. She has very mild eczema and we rub cream on the couple of spots before bed (they’re significantly better now than they were about 2-3 weeks ago). She has a bowel movement every two days and has been like that since she was born.
She’s on Bellamy’s organic formula and has been since she was born (I was unable to breastfeed).
I think the only thing we haven’t tried is controlled crying and that’s because we have an almost 2 year old daughter who, if woken in the middle of the night is INCREDIBLY hard to get back into bed again.
My husband and I are currently doing on night on, one night off (whoever’s night it is sleeps on the lounge and our daughter is in the portacot) and it’s really starting to get to me. I can’t figure out what it could be – is she just a really bad sleeper? But then I feel like it has to be something because she was starting to sleep really well.
I have taken her to the doctors about it and they mostly just said to continue what we’re doing.
Does anyone have ANY suggestions because I’m starting to go a little crazy?
Posted anonymously, 25th May 2014