Not Sleeping - Looking for input

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Not Sleeping - Looking for input

Here's the deal. I'm able to get DD down to sleep after her late evening feeding (normally around 10ish). She sleeps for about 3 - 3.5 hours (once she did 5hrs, but that was just once). Then when she wakes up I change her, nurse her, and can't seem to get her to go back to sleep. I keep the lights low, I don't talk to her. In the beginning it seemed liks she wasn't going back to sleep because she was gassy... she'd scrunch up her legs and make grunty sounds etc. Last night she was just awake and wanted to be held. Anyhoo... the typical night starts off well, but then ends with her in bed with me and combo nursing, snuggling, fussing. Last night, her eyes were wide open in the middle of the night.

Today I'm going to be keeping track of how much awake time she has... maybe she's sleeping too much during the day. When I asked the doc she said I should wake her every 3 hrs to eat during the day, but that I don't need to specifically wake her up for playtime.

I'm open to any suggestions on how to get her back to sleep.

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DS has his days and nights mixed up most days too. Some nights he'll do good stretches (2.5-3 hours) but most of the time he's up every couple of hours and really hard to get back down. For us, it seems to be that he wants to suck but knows boobs = food so he doesn't want that much when he's not hungry. I want to hold out on a paci until I get a nursing thing figured out, but he didn't like the one I tried with him anyway.

The only thing I can suggest (which is what my LC and pedi told me) is to wake her more often during the day to eat (2-3 hours) so she'll sleep more at night. Our pediatrician did say that it can take some kids longer then others (a month or so) to figure days/nights out. I also try to let in a lot of natural light during the day and use light blocking curtains for naps/bed if it's still light out. I wish I had a more immediate solution to offer.