Posted in Behavior, Sleep, Babies

3.5 Month Old Won’t Sleep

Anonymous

I am having a really hard time getting my 3.5 month old to nap. He was up for four hours straight today before I got him to sleep. I tried putting him down after an hour per usual and he woke up in his bassinet after five minutes. Then the rest of the day was shot. I couldn’t get him to sleep no matter what I tried(rocking, holding, nursing, car) He just screamed and cried while I was attempting to get him to sleep. When I would bring him back downstairs he was his smiley happy self. It is great that he wasn’t grumpy but I know he needs sleep. For full disclosure since day one we have rocked him to sleep but we have been able to put him down. Today that has not been the case. Any advice?

  • K
    Mar 06

    As for rocking him to sleep, do what it takes! Got to love how many places you read, “put them down sleepy but awake.” Yeah, that exists. I will be honest, I basically nursed my son to sleep and allowed him to continue night feeding for waaaayyy to long and now that he is 4, he still likes us to stay around until he falls asleep. I have twin 16 mth old girls that have been put in their crib awake from day 1 bc I just don’t have a choice and they are much better sleepers. Your babe is about the right age for a sleep regression and his circadian rhythm is changing. Try keeping him up closer to 2 hrs instead of 1. Also, all of my babes started getting gassy at that stage, some tummy rubs and gripe water will help if that’s the case.

  • Devin
    Mar 06

    I did lots and lots of bouncing and swaying my daughter when she was that age. Also an old fashioned rocking chair works wonders. Not a glider...a rocker.

  • Jenn
    Mar 07

    I would say to push his awake time to an hr and a half to 2 hours. He may not have been tired enough to take a full nap.

  • Anonymous
    Mar 07

    At that age he can be awake much longer. My daughter was in daycare, but was up for a few hours at a time. Sleep patterns change around then. Maybe try it after a longer awake and play time

  • Anonymous
    Mar 07

    Thank you everyone! I tried to put him down after two hours today and he only slept 30ish minutes each time but at least he did nap I guess. Nights are rough too up every 1.5 hours...team no sleep here

  • Jenn
    Mar 07

    30 min naps are normal at that age. They don't really learn to connect sleep cycles until after 4 months. Hang in there!