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    Default Need help with 3 week old sleep habits

    So I have a 3week old DD who used to sleep 4 hours per night up until about a week ago. She now feeds and it takes her about 1.5 hours to settle and is awake about an hour later where the cycle starts again. At night she settles quicker but I'm only getting 2 hour blocks of sleep and its killing me! Is there anything I can do to help her sleep longer? She is on goats formula as she has a cows protein intolerance and she drinks anywhere from 80mls to 120mls depending on how hungry she is. Also getting her to sleep during the day is a nightmare. She wants to be cuddled all day and I just can't as I need to sleep too. I've tried a sling carrier and the ergo so I can get things done and she hates both. Any ideas on what I can do? If she keeps this up ill surely lose my marbles! DH goes back to work on Tuesday and in panicking about it

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    hi firsttimemummy, I cant give suggestions about the feeding. I dont know anything about bottles, but with the settleing. would changing her position, putting her more upright by elevating the cot, or bassinette,?? some babies like to sleep on their tummies, and they will only settle on some elses chest. Some babies take a little while to adjust to the carriers, is there some lending library type of thing where you can try on different carriers?? Otherwise, do you ahve anyone you can call on to help. ? Marie.

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    snuggle down and have a sleep together...then you will both get some well needed rest

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    Are you comfortable with co-sleeping? That is what I would suggest.

    At this age all you can do is go with the flow and respond to her needs.

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    Another vote for co-sleeping, it saved my sanity with all three of my boys I'd feel human in the morning.

    Here are guidelines on how to co-sleep safely.

    http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/par...leeping-habits

    This is my favourite article about the benefits of co-sleeping for both babies, and mums.

    http://www.naturalchild.org/james_mc...bies_need.html
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    a friend of mine loves her fancy rocking swing and so does her bubs, she has even slept in there a few nights because she was so content in there. Just another idea to try anyway.

    Something I did personally was turn away the bedside clock, so that when DD was waking during the night I wasn't aware of the time and it didn't frustrate me so much knowing just how much sleep I had missed ( that feeling would make me stressed about the next day and keep me restless longer).
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    Completely normal behaviour for that age, it just feels bad because you were spoilt at the start with her letting you have big blocks.

    Did a paediatrician diagnose her intolerance? I suspected my DD of if but it turned out she just had reflux, which was why she was hard to settle.

    If you need sleep go buy a comfy recliner (none of that glider cr@p, I'm talking lazy boy stuff). Then put bub on your chest and rock to sleep, kick out the feet and sleep there with her on you. It's what's made my life easier.

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    Thanks for the suggestions ladies. Good to know I'm on the right track. We have a swing chair that she sleeps in sometimes but won't always settle in it. I have a rocking chair and we've tried that but again it only works sometimes. Co-sleeping I'm not comfortable with as I'm terrified of crushing her. We did it a few res but I slept with one eye open and just couldn't fully rest. I guess I just have to accept that it's the age and I have no choice but to deal with it. On cows milk formula she had terrible tummy pains with shocking wind but on the goats milk this doesn't happen hence the diagnosis. I think I'm going to try her on soy formula as she seems to be starving all the time and apparently goats milk is digested much quicker than any other formula. Thanks again dot the suggestions. I'm always open to more

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    If you are worried about crushing her, you can just push the cot up against the bed, so she is 'right there' but has her own safe space, so it's easier for you to settle her without actually having to get out of bed, go to another room etc, I think the getting right up out of bed etc is what is a killer.

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    Please don't try soy formula without seeing a paed first. Soy isn't something you should put a newborn on to without being under a doctor's guidance. I'd strongly suggest seeing a paediatrician before changing her formula again anyway, if you really think she has intolerances.

    And I second the co sleeping suggestion. Have the bottles and formula on the bedside table so when she wakes you reach over and make her a bottle and then just snuggle back in. The less disturbance you can get at night the better.
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