Hello! This is long but I could really use some tips so please bear with me!
I have a 6 week old DD and I was wondering if anyone could please tell me what they did with settling etc at this age. DD used to be very easy to settle - I would be able to feed her to sleep - she would just feed until she had enough and then come off, give a contented little sigh (so cute!) and settle down to sleep. I would then hold her for about twenty minutes until she was properly asleep and then pop her in her crib.
Not anymore unfortunately! She is now much more active and 'awake'. During the day especially we are having a lot of trouble getting her off to sleep. We can often get her to sleep but as soon as we put her down she's wide awake! Realistically we can't carry her all day, I need at least 1 sleep a day when I can put her down to get food, tidy up etc. At night she used to happily sleep beside me in a sidecar cot but now that only works 50% of the time. So DP ends up settling her then watching movies for hours with her on his chest! He's going back to work tomorrow so that's going to have to end!
She won't take to a sling, when I carry her she smells milk, so she'll only settle on me with a dummy. If either DP or I sling her she will cry for about 15 minutes then sleep. She will then stay asleep as long as you are walking, so I can't use this around the house etc. We have used a sling everyday since coming home from hospital, and have also tried various types.
These days she will feed until she's done, and come off awake, ready for a play and giggle (also so cute!). We play with her until she tells us she is tired ie yawning etc, and there's where we run into trouble! How do others put bub to sleep?
- letting her just lie in her cot and put herself to sleep, while we pat, stroke, rub etc
- a dummy (used to be popular, now she's not really interested)
- white noise (if we play this while she is asleep it seems to help her stay asleep for longer)
- giving her a top up feed to try and feed her to sleep (falls asleep sometimes on breast fine but you can't put her down)
- bouncing her on a fitball (again, it works but you can't put her down)
- a swing and bouncer (she will sit in them happily but won't sleep)
I know she's only very little but I have to be realistic that at some point in time I need to sleep, and possibly even eat! So she does need to be put down at some point, beside me at night and then in her cot during the day.
We have been having some feeding difficulties, with thrush badly and horrible ulcers on my nipples. I have been seeing an LC regularly and as of Sunday night have been using a nipple shield until these ulcers heal. I have been taking Fenugreek and Bleesed Thistle for my supply but both the LC and I think this not needed so I'm going to stop them now. DD is often unsettled on my breast and will cry, thrash and squirm. The LC thinks this is either my let down slowing or gas. Could possibly also be the Fenugreek so maybe that will improve soon. DD also taking probiotics after the thrush and a CS birth.
Sorry for the novel!
Can anyone please suggest any tips? This isn't very sustainable - I need to sleep sometime and with DP back at work tomorrow we will be down one adult!