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PLEASE go to sleep

It's 3:10pm, and I have been listening (mercifully, through the baby monitor) to my daughter scream for the last forty minutes. She refuses to go to sleep; she screamed until she threw up. She won't nap unless she's at day care. When she's there, they change her diaper, give her a bottle, and rock her to sleep. She goes right down and sleeps for an hour or two at a time. When she's at home, there are no naps. It doesn't matter what we try, she cries and cries and won't sleep. It's probably my fault since I held her when she napped until she was about 10 weeks old. Even now, I would hold her if she'd sleep, but she won't.

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10 thoughts on “PLEASE go to sleep”

  1. I’m sorry Tara! That must be heartwrenching to listen to. I hope that eventually Grace got her nap. For what it’s worth, I really doubt it’s your fault for holding her. Not that I really know, but it seems unlikely.

  2. I’m sorry Tara! That must be heartwrenching to listen to. I hope that eventually Grace got her nap. For what it’s worth, I really doubt it’s your fault for holding her. Not that I really know, but it seems unlikely.

  3. We have some of the same issues. Murph has his schedule at the sitter’s and being with us on the weekend messes that up. We tried the crying. It didn’t work for us. We normally cave and just hold him, more specifically I nurse him until he sleeps. I know he can sleep without me, he does it Monday-Friday, but when he with with me, he NEEDS me.

  4. We have some of the same issues. Murph has his schedule at the sitter’s and being with us on the weekend messes that up. We tried the crying. It didn’t work for us. We normally cave and just hold him, more specifically I nurse him until he sleeps. I know he can sleep without me, he does it Monday-Friday, but when he with with me, he NEEDS me.

  5. It’s not that I don’t hold her. I hold her, I rock her, I swaddle her. Nothing helps. She’s so tired that she cries but she won’t go to sleep and she doesn’t want to be cuddled. She did eventually fall asleep (for thirty minutes) when I put her in the swing and held it up in the air so that she was, more or less, lying motionless suspended in the air.

    It shouldn’t be this hard. 🙁

  6. It’s not that I don’t hold her. I hold her, I rock her, I swaddle her. Nothing helps. She’s so tired that she cries but she won’t go to sleep and she doesn’t want to be cuddled. She did eventually fall asleep (for thirty minutes) when I put her in the swing and held it up in the air so that she was, more or less, lying motionless suspended in the air. It shouldn’t be this hard. 🙁

  7. My daughter has been doing this for the last six weeks. She had all day colic so when we hit three months and she eased up on the crying I thought we were in the clear. Then at four months she started screaming before bed. She also won’t nap for us at home – but she will for the babysitters. I look forward to the nights were I can feed her to sleep but most nights she’s already had her last bottle so it’s a scream fest. I just hold her until she stops screaming – then I’m deaf. I agree that it shouldn’t be this hard and I keep worrying that there’s something wrong with her. I guess we all just have to hang in there.

  8. My daughter has been doing this for the last six weeks. She had all day colic so when we hit three months and she eased up on the crying I thought we were in the clear. Then at four months she started screaming before bed. She also won’t nap for us at home – but she will for the babysitters. I look forward to the nights were I can feed her to sleep but most nights she’s already had her last bottle so it’s a scream fest. I just hold her until she stops screaming – then I’m deaf. I agree that it shouldn’t be this hard and I keep worrying that there’s something wrong with her. I guess we all just have to hang in there.

  9. Try putting your daughter to sleep as soon as you notice that she is tired. If she gets to the point where she is beyond tired, it suddenly becomes 100 times harder for her to go to sleep.

  10. Try putting your daughter to sleep as soon as you notice that she is tired. If she gets to the point where she is beyond tired, it suddenly becomes 100 times harder for her to go to sleep.

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