My DS is 4 weeks old and has never been a day sleeper. From day dot he has been quite alert.
The last two weeks he has been settling and sleeping better at night, which is fabulous however he won't sleep very well of a day.
He will catnap on me for 15 minutes at a time, once or twice and I can get maybe 30 minutes using our sling. I don't mind holding him for some naps but I can't hold him all day. By early afternoon he's an overtired, overstimulated grumpy mess.
I've tried getting him to sleep in my arms and on the boob and transferring.
I've tried patting his butt and shhhhing when he grizzles and picking him up as soon as he's too upset and it starts to be a cry.
I've tried co-sleeping with him next to me.
I've tried him in the bassinet, the pram, the car seat and the rocker.
I always make sure he has a full belly and a clean butt and put him down when he is calm.
I believe in fourth trimester and don't like him to cry, and attend to him as soon as he grizzles but two of the very rare day sleeps he has had have been when he cried himself there. Once in the car when I couldn't pull over and once in the pram after I'd been trying to comfort him for ages and had to put him down and walk away for a while. I went to the toilet and he was asleep before I finished going. I hate letting him cry and I feel sick inside when he does it.
What can I do to help him when he is so over tired and over stimulated? Some days by the afternoon even me holding him is just too much for him!
Is this a normal amount if sleep for a baby his age?