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Why does my 6mo still have witching hour?
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:53 PM
She has her bath at around 5.15 then a BF then lullaby then bed. But oh no, from 5.30 for at least 2 hours she is up and down, but mostly up. She screams and screams. Might go to sleep for 20 mins but wakes up screaming. Sometimes I feed her again but she mostly comfort sucks.
She has breakfast and eats dinner and has both boobs before bed. I've tried patting and shushing but it makes no difference. Once she is past the two hour screaming match she only wakes twice in the night for feeds. She naps three times a day for an hour and a half usually but the last nap is only about 30 mins, waking up around 3pm.
I just can't stand the screaming anymore. I think I might try a bottle of formula after her bath.
Please, can anyone help? I have tried dummys but she just chews them back to front.
Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:16 PM
Is she not ready for bed? Have you tried bathing her at 5:30 and then BF and putting her to be at 6:30? Does she have solids yet? Is she maybe ready for dinner if not?
Mine at 6months were having dinner of solids at about 5:30-6pm and then a bath at 6:30ish ready for BF and bed at 7pmish.
Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:40 PM
My bub was still like hat at 6 months. He had to wake up from his 2nd day sleep at 2.30 because I had to pick my SS up from school. He would sometimes have a short nap at 4/4:30 but usually not. 5.30 may be a bit too early to go to bed for the night. We tend to go by a similar night route the to PP.
What I do with my bub if he's in his fussy time while I'm getting dinner ready is out him in the high chair and turn him to watch me cook, I talk to him and sing or dance for him. I also have a round play thing for him that he sits inside of (not sure what they are called, kind of like those walking things but isn't a walker).
Now school holidays are in bub has a better routine, he sleeps from 9am to 11am (approx) then 2pm to 4pm (approx) then he isn't grumpy in the lead up to bed at all. I'm not looking forward to school starting again and his current routine having to change.
Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:47 PM
My kids have been on the same bedtime schedule since about 4 months old. They are now 4 and 7 yrs old and the routine is almost still identical.
Dinner about 5.30 followed by quiet time.
Bath at 7.00 pm and then boobs (obviously they don't do this anymore), book and straight to bed.
At 6 months mine would have had 3 good sleeps per day still. But on the flip side they have always been early risers. so would wake at 5.30. sleep at about 7am, another sleep about 11 and then about 2ish.
Posted 14 January 2013 - 11:04 PM
I have a friend who has a 21 month old who still has witching hour. She also has a 3 month old so they do witching hour together. I think it's really individual thing.
Posted 15 January 2013 - 08:21 AM
Bedtime sounds too early. My 6.5month old will stay awake in her cot and vocalise, not cry really but be very loud, until we get her up if we put her down too early. She's usually in bed by 6.30-7.
Posted 15 January 2013 - 09:21 AM
My kids both still have "witching hour" at 5 years old and 20 months!
The 20 month old goes to sleep at exactly 8pm whether we start bedtime routine at 7pm or at 7.55pm - so either it's an hour of screaming or 5 mins!
It's just how your baby is. I don't think swapping to formula will make a scrap of difference. Try changing her bedtime or just ride it out - it's completely normal!
Posted 15 January 2013 - 07:15 PM
Maybe bedtime is too early... My six month old normally has 1x1.5th nap, 2x45min naps each day. I try not to let the last nap go past 5pm. Then we do dinner around 6:15' bath, breastfeed, story, sleep. She normally goes down without too much fuss and wakes 1-3times for feeds. But we are still swaddling which is a whole other battle. Hang in there :-)
Posted 15 January 2013 - 08:05 PM
My baby had a really bad witching 4 hours around 5-6 months, from about 5-9pm, and I just had to stay with her in the bedroom - cuddle, feed, sleep on the bed together or her on me. Similar to your bub, once she hit a certain time she'd finally switch off and sleep (sorta). After trying all sorts of things to settle her in her cot I just decided to be with her during that time, stocked up with iPhone, eReader and snacks, and wait for the phase to pass. Sometimes no matter what you do I think you've just got to chant "This too shall pass"...until eventually it does. Hopefully before you go completely nuts. For me, giving in and managing it, rather than fighting it, was less stressful.
Posted 15 January 2013 - 09:19 PM
I'd probably spread the naps out a little more over the day (so increase awake time slightly) then put her to bed a little later. I'd probably also experiment with timing solids meals earlier in the day just in case she has a tummy ache, and I'd offer boob several times in the hour before bed to make sure she's really full of milk.....
Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:03 PM
I had this problem for 2-3 months. Both twins would cry from 5.00pm to 7.00pm until daddy would come home. I really felt like hurting myself because I just couldn't take the screaming anymore.
My DD would set off my DS. I tried holding both of them on our bed just to comfort them. That seemed to work. Can you try co-sleeping on the bed for comfort until your child grow out of it?
Otherwise take your child for a walk in the pram and perhaps the fresh air will make drowsy enough.
These worked for me.
Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:55 PM
It's such a hard time because " up time" is generally more than 2 hours at this stage but sometimes it's hard to squeeze sleep 3 into the day!!
Witching hour for us is about weariness, needing bed but my reluctance to have his sleep go past 500 pm. I love that the kids a in bed by 730. My 6 monther at 630 and my 6 yr old at 730.
Can your babes have a quick cat nap at 4 ish and then bedtime at 630/7? Might be a more calm way to get through?
Posted 18 January 2013 - 06:42 AM
I wish I knew. My 5 monther was screaming from 7pm til 11.30pm last night and up again 2 hours later and then 2 hours later again. Wide awake and bright eyed at 5.30am. Yawn.....
Posted 18 January 2013 - 06:54 AM
It sounds like bedtime is too early. Three decent naps and bedtime at 530? I think my babies would have protested that too. I would turn that witching hour into a peaceful awake time - much easier on both of you.
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