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What makes a baby decide to start fighting sleep? My almost 4 month old has just started this week screaming when I try to get her to sleep.

she is NOT hungry. she IS tired. I try rocking her and also laying her in her bed. both keep her crying. finally, I rock until she just gives out and falls asleep. I hate her crying. makes me feel horrible. (she's a preemie, so her adjusted age is 2.5 months)

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check for teething, and check her toes to be sure nothing is wrapped around them. i found a hair wrapped around one of my daughters toes. then try a warm bath just before putting her to bed. or try rocking her awhile. sometimes a ride in the car helps. or try holding her until she goes to sleep, then put her to bed. be sure she doesn't need to be burped. rubbing her tummy might help. lay down with her and talk or sing to her. she might want company.

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Thank you. It gets tough sometimes when she refuses to sleep, but she is in a bad mood and crying because she's sleepy! It's like a never ending circle. Once I get her to sleep, she stays asleep for 30-60 minutes... It's just torture making her, lol. I will check all those things you said. She IS a gassy baby and spits up a lot. Could be part of it.
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if she has too much gas, you might try baby simethicone drops. they are made for that problem.
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I just now saw this question. My daughter is going through the same thing. (she lives with me) Her daughter is 5 months old today, and she FIGHTS sleep with all her might. lol Here is a link to helping a baby sleep through the night. Maybe it will work for you, it didn't for us. lol Adrianna (my granddaughter) has a mind all her own. She is still getting up twice during the night wanting to play and eat.

http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/nighttime

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One thing we have found HELPFUL is to swaddle her fairly tightly with her blanket.
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Thank you for your help. He has gotten much better now. Well- right now she is going through her 4 month sleep regression... But even still, it is better than I expected. (She's almost 6 months actual- 4 months adjusted). W
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