Hello. I am 33 years old and live in Charlotte, North Carolina. My husband and I are originally from Saint Louis and we have been together since 2010. Our first child, our daughter, Ella, was born January 23, 2013. She is amazing! I used to work as a Clinical Research Coordinator but now I am an at home mommy. My husband works 12-14 hours per day currently, so I often get lonely and overwhelmed. Ella is developing beautifully and is a healthy 5 month old, but I am having a lot of difficulty getting her to sleep regularly. I carry the burden of always being up with her and honestly, I am exhausted. I am seeking any friendly advice or suggestions that may have helped anyone else. I love my daughter and family so very much and I look forward to chatting and learning from other amazing mothers!
I try as much as possible to keep a routine at night. I bathe her, use lavender lotion, put jammies on, sing quietly, keep lighting low, and feed her. She had been going to sleep around 11 and sleeping mostly through the night for anout 2 months, but for about the last 3 weeks, she is up every hour or two, not always fussy, just awake. I nursed her solely the first month, but due to complications, we switched to formula. We just started some foods last week and she is doing well with that.
I would talk to her doctor about starting any table foods before giving. At this age it is hit or miss with sleep. What you can do to promote sleep time is keep lights off or real low, soothing music playing, a fan blowing to help with white noise and air flow, a baby massage after bathtime or a simple sponge bath - running wet washcloth over her body to help get off any dribbles.
My twins were tough when they were at that age...what worked for one didnt work for another.Try a bedtime snack to help ease her to sleep.Its possible she is going through a growth spurt or she is just being a typical baby.Keep trying different things perhaps.Does she nap still during the day?Maybe she is sleeping too much during the day maybe.
Her pediatrician did suggest table foods. And as far as napping, she will nap for about 20 minutes, once or twice a day. She does not seem to have an issue with falling asleep, just staying asleep. Thank you for the suggestions :)