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Dr. Keane
Dr. Keane, Family Counselor
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Experience:  Parenting Workshops, Teacher, PHD Clinical Psychology, 30 yrs. Exp. 4 Children
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I have a five month old baby that still wakes up every hour

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I have a five month old baby that still wakes up every hour all night long. I have read no cry sleep solutions and many other resources. None of the advice is
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Parenting
Expert:  Dr. Keane replied 7 years ago.
Nothing more exasperating than a baby that doesn't sleep. A question. How long does the baby sleep during the day? How many naps? Where is the baby's room, is he/she in her own room.?
Give me more information about the child's daily routine and feeding schedule etc and I'll be better able to help you.

Edited by Dr. Keane on 11/25/2009 at 1:07 PM EST
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
I have already implemented No Cry Sleep solutions, not working. She takes 3 or 4, 30 min. or less catnaps a day. Once in a while I get lucky and she'll cut to 3 naps, and the second one is 2 1/2 hrs., but very infrequently this happens. When she does sleep too long during the day, she sometimes sleeps worse at night, so I wake her if it's longer than 2 or 2 1/2 hrs. Unfortunatley, her crib is in our room (this is the only place for it right now) and we have a waterbed that I kick my husband out of when I'm sick of getting up with her. She does tend to sleep 2 hours with me. Usually she's up every hour or so in her crib. She goes to sleep with a sucky, but otherwise goes to sleep on her own for naps and bedtime. For whatever reason, this does not work in the middle of the night. Simply putting the pacifier back in only lasts 2 minutes and it's out and she fusses again. It's almost like she can't make it past the wakeful sleep part of her sleep cycle on her own. She nurses every 3 hours during the day and every two or less at night. Will also not take bottle...>:( Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX helps....
Expert:  Dr. Keane replied 7 years ago.
At five months your daughter should be sleeping as long as six to eight hours at night. Of course, many babies don't but it's not impossible to get her on a good schedule. First you need to make sure that she is getting enough nourishment from nursing (she probably is, but its good to make sure). I would check with her pediatrician before you implement any type of sleep behavior modification. There is one particular program that has seen significant results and from the outside it looks easy, it's from your standpoint that you may have to make some adjustments. The program is called The Sleep Sense Program and if you look it up on the internet you can start making the changes you need so that you can get some sleep yourself. As you know, when you are sleep deprived you cannot function at your best and you are at risk for depression.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Isn't there anything I can do that doesn't involve paying more money? The description of this Sleep Sense program sounds like there are very similar techniques as in Dr. Sears no Cry Sleep Solutions. Where do I turn when these techniques don't work?