My bed time routine is feed my daughter, then take her upstairs and turn on a relaxing CD in her room along with the bathroom fan (white noise), swaddle her (now with one arm out) and rock her gently until she shows signs she is sleepy. Then I put her in the bassinet beside my bed while she is sleepy awake, or just started to fall asleep. Sometimes I have to do this more than once to get her to sleep. I generally try an put her to bed between 7 - 8:30 (depending on when she had her last nap).
Once she is asleep, she generally will sleep for 3.5 - 5 hours. Although sometimes she wakes up after only 45 min - 1 hour crying and I have to start over. Sometimes, the second time can take awhile. On those nights she doesn't wake up after an hour, she will wake up, feed hungrily, and go back to sleep quite easily the first time. The problem is that after she wakes up once she gets up every 1 - 1 1/2 hours for the rest of the night. Often between 3 - 4 am she does not want to go back to sleep. If rocking for a short time doesn't work, I typically try feeding her. This usually gets her to sleep but she doesn't stay asleep for long.
When feeding and rocking doesn't work, as a last resort, we end up in the living room with the TV on with no sound to calm her down until she shows signs she is sleepy.
I don't have a partner who can help me with my daughter at night. Can you offer any advice on how to get my daughter to stay asleep longer at night.
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