Re: Sleep issues/help/advice
Welcome to the forum! I'm sorry you're experiencing the sleepless nights. They stink. But they are also absolutely normal. Babies' sleep cycles are shorter than adults'. They enter periods of light sleep more often, and wake more frequently. And when they wake, they usually need help getting back to sleep, which means having someone nurse them, rock them, give them a back-rub, etc. A breastfed baby will almost always seek the breast for assistance in getting back to sleep, because it is so soothing and also because babies don't know that they aren't supposed to be hungry at night. A night-waking baby may be genuinely hungry!
So don't worry about the lack of sleep not being healthy for your baby's brain. Again, the sleep pattern you describe is normal- inconvenient and frustrating, but normal.
Not napping with grandma is definitely an issue. Maybe she needs to change up her game? If she's thinking that getting a baby to nap means giving a bottle and then popping baby in the crib, she probably needs to improve her skills! Many babies require more than that to get them down for a nap. Rocking in a rocking chair, a ride in the stroller or car, or swinging in the swing often help babies nap. Often a baby needs to be held while napping. Again, this is not a problem- just an inconvenience.
I suggest taking a look at Elizabeth Pantley's book "The No-Cry Sleep Solution" for some tips on gentle ways to get a baby to sleep longer, more independently, and more consistently.
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