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Moms of Infants

3 1/2 month old not sleeping through the night

Ok moms, I think I am one of the most cursed mothers out there. I had my 2nd baby April 27th and he is still not sleeping through the night. Im lucky if I get a 5 hour stretch once a week. My first son didnt sleep through the night until he was 5 months old, but I dont know how much more exhaustion I can handle with working full time and taking care of the kids and the house. We have him on a routine where he gets a bath every night, in his crib by 8:30 at the latest, but he is always wak...

Moms of Infants

Sleep Regression in 9 month old...HELP

My Son Jayden is gonna be 9 months old in 9 days. Hes usually a awesome night time sleeper. He'll sleep 11-12 hours a night waking up once around 4 or 5 and sleeping for another 4 hours and goes to bed at 830Pm every night. Hes had the same night time routine since he was 4 months old. Bath at 730. Night time bottle. Medicine. Hangs out in his bouncer with Dad watching tv while I wash bottles. Then I bounce him to sleep. He'd get up once to eat at 4 or 5am. Then he'd sleep till 730-8. He gets re...

Moms of Infants

Mattress and Crib Size problem (pics included)!

Hello there! Me and my husband are very excited for the baby and we just have assembled her crib!:inlove: But we are a little bit concerned about the proper mattress size of the crib. We ordered both the crib and the mattress online and when they came up, we noticed that there is a little gap between the mattress and the crib's edges ( around 1 inch on one side and 1 and half inches on the front side). Attached are pictures of the mattress. Do you think this gap is safe for our baby? should ...

Moms of Infants

Holidays and family gatherings

Hi all, I'm new but I desperately need your input. My ds is 10, almost 11 months old and my husband has a large family that absolutely *insist* on getting everyone together for all the important holidays. Of course, being the newest parents in the family, it is expected we bring our DS to all these events. I have begrudgingly complied, but at the expense of my DS's much needed sleep/nap schedule, and while also allowing the family members to pass him around from one to the next. Their childr...

Moms of Gradeschoolers

7 year old daughter refuses to sleep alone

Hello I'm new to these boards and looking for some advice on an issue that has been ongoing for 6+ months. My daughter is 7 and getting her to sleep alone in her bedroom, all night has been a real challenge. She is scared of monsters. We do not let her watch scary movies but the smallest most ridiculous thing winds up in her head and she scares herself. Even Scooby Doo cartoons now scare her and over at a friends house they watched the Adams Family show...well now she is scared of that. She has ...

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