(Closed) Crying when sleepy

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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My immediate thought is that if she is crying, she might need to be put down a few minutes earlier than her current sleep schedule.  Addie used to cry or fuss, too, and it usually took an hour or more to get her down each night.  Looking back on it now, I really think it was because she was over tired and needed to go to bed a little earlier than what we were doing.  You could try bumping up her sleep schedule by 10 or 15 minutes, to see if that makes a difference.  I think around 4 months, it got better, and and then improved again at about 6 months and 1 year.  Now, at 1.5 years, she puts herself to sleep.

My other thought is that some babies just need to cry a little to release stress and energy before feeling ready for sleep.  I don’t have much advice on this, but I’m sure most babies grow out of it, at some point. 

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@eurekaanchovies:  I’m not sure what kind of phone you have, but I used the Baby ESP app on my Droid for this reason and I really loved it.  We still did everything on demand, but by tracking Addie’s sleep, feedings, etc… I was able to see her natural patterns and kinda guide our schedule (she wasn’t on a strict schedule until she started daycare at about 9 months old).

For me it was all hindsight, though.  πŸ™‚  It was only in looking back that I realized she was probably over tired and that’s why I had such a hard time putting her down to sleep.

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@eurekaanchovies:  Lol, and you deserve that massage!  I never realized how physical parenthood is until I had a baby.  πŸ™‚

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@eurekaanchovies:  And another one on the way.  πŸ™‚  We have a masseuse whop comes to our house every couple weeks in the summer, but she lives in Mexico in the winter.  πŸ™  I actually asked for a prenatal massage for Christmas, though.  My back is killing me!  Pregnancy + a toddler = very sore, lol.

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@eurekaanchovies:  Thanks!  Addie is 18 months right now, and I’m due April 1, so they’ll be about 21 months apart. 

We found our masseuse on Craigslist, actually, and she’s super awesome!  The only drawback is that she only lives here during the summer, so we go pretty much the whole winter without seeing anyone.  I was surprised about the back pain, too!  And the knee pain and how tired my arms would be, etc…  It was actually the motivation in finding the masseuse in the first place, since my husband and I were both so sore those first few months.

Post # 12
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I was going to suggest exactly what Mrs Spring did. The crying is a sign of exhaustion. Liv used to get like that, but we startd seeing other cues, like slow blinking and eye rubbing, so we’d get her ready to nap then instead of waiting.

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@eurekaanchovies:  We just suffer through it.  Sigh.  Our masseuse gives us a great deal ($50/hour session so $100 total) because she secures two sessions at the same location on a regular basis, but we can’t afford to do regular massages, otherwise.  A lot of the massuers in my area charge $100+/session, and few will travel to your house, which makes it a lot more difficult to schedule.

I think you’ll figure out the nap thing with a little more trial and error.  Addie didn’t give us sleepy cues until she was about 4 months, so for the longest time, we’d just watch the clock to put her down.  Some babies are easier to read, though, it just takes a little time to figure them out.  πŸ™‚

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@eurekaanchovies:  Ahhhhh, I totally know the feeling.  πŸ™‚  Enjoy this time with her; it goes by so fast!

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