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    Default Help needed now please.

    My Angel is 6 weeks old and she is a tiny bit constipated. But I got something for that. But now my problem is. Today she doesnt sleep for more then 5 or 10 min without waking up. But thats not the problem. The problem is she keeps waking up screaming and with her hands in the air like something scared her to wake up and she looks scared when she wakes up. What could this be? Any tips to get her to sleep would be great. I am one tired mummy and need some sleep.

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    Sounds like she's startling herself awake with her startle reflex. Have you tried swaddling her?

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    I will try swaddling her tonight. She isnt a big fan of having her hands tie'ed down. She cries when she cant play with her hands. But I will give anything a go now. I know she is going through some milestones now so I am hoping this will pass soon. But until then I need some tips. I will give swaddling a go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lollie1990 View Post
    I will try swaddling her tonight. She isnt a big fan of having her hands tie'ed down. She cries when she cant play with her hands. But I will give anything a go now. I know she is going through some milestones now so I am hoping this will pass soon. But until then I need some tips. I will give swaddling a go.
    A lot of babies seem like they don't want to be swaddled but still calm down and sleep better once they are. That said, if you really think she doesn't want her hands down there are swaddles that allow for arms up like Love To Dream (my DS loved his), she can suck on her hands through that.

    But definitely sounds like she's startling herself awake so probably needs arms contained and some pressure around her torso to stop the startle reflex.

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    You could also try swaddling with one or both arms free as it's the pressure across the chest that helps stop the startle reflex, but I find having the arms contained whether down or up in a Swaddle like I mentioned above helps the most.

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    I swaddled her and put her in her bassinet. We will see how we go. She is a formula baby. She seems to ok with it now. I think it might be her startle reflex keeping her from sleeping. Fingers crossed. She sleeps longer then 10 min. If this works I will swaddle her until it passes. So my ears and emotions can get a break.

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    Just an FYI that a lot of babies don't grow out of the startle reflex until close to four months so it's normal to need to be swaddled until then. It's safe to do so until she starts moving and rolling.

    Hope you have a good night!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HollyGolightly81 View Post
    Just an FYI that a lot of babies don't grow out of the startle reflex until close to four months so it's normal to need to be swaddled until then. It's safe to do so until she starts moving and rolling.

    Hope you have a good night!
    Thanks hun! Yeah if need be I will get a swaddle blanket and just swaddle her until then. She is settled now. I will just see how we go tonight. Milestones are hard. I am a first time mum! So all this is very new to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lollie1990 View Post
    Thanks hun! Yeah if need be I will get a swaddle blanket and just swaddle her until then. She is settled now. I will just see how we go tonight. Milestones are hard. I am a first time mum! So all this is very new to me.
    I've been a nanny and doula for 10+ years and still find this whole new mom gig hard and new!

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    My little one grunts and complains when we first swaddle her then she goes to sleep and sleeps really well. Good luck op.


 

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