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    He wont sleep in a carrier.

    I finally got him to sleep in his rocker, after a lot of screaming. I hate when he sleeps there though cause he's not laying flat so im worried about his head rolling forwards & obstructing his airway, which means I cant leave him in it unsupervised. So I just have to sit here & watch him sleep.

    Im trying to persevere with the routine but the fact that he only sleeps for 30 minutes each time is throwing the whole thing out of wack & its very hard

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    I also found my DD cat napped a lot, sometimes just for 20-25 mins for every nap then maybe around 7 mths she she started napping longer. She's just turned 13 mths and never naps under 45 mins/1 sleep cycle. I've done nothing to improve that, just over time it got better. It's super frustrating, but I found trying to resettle them back to sleep a lot more frustrating.

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    But then if he only cat naps all day then he screams on & off all day cause he's constantly tired

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    hun, are you sure he's not over stimulated? he doesn't need to play that much really..as for lying in the rocker, that's ok, babies don't need to be 100% flat.. have you seen ur dr for your anxiety hun?

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    If I dont play with him all day then he's screaming all day cause he's so overtired, thats the reason I play with him all the time. Otherwise I have an overtired baby who just about loses the plot when I try to put him down for a sleep & is then virtually impossible to settle after that.

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    Oh gosh, I hope this comes out the right way...

    It's great that you're seeking advice and that many people are willing to offer it, but it can be so conflicting and send you in circles going from one method to the next.

    The fact that the techniques the sleep consultant gave you worked, even for a short while, shows you that it can be done. Persevere with what you were shown for a decent amount of time and you will see those fussy periods getting shorter and the sleeps getting longer.

    If there is one thing that I have learned with my two babies it's that they love predictability! Write down the routine you were given, along with a checklist of things to go through if bub is fussing (temp, nappy etc), and stick it on your fridge, on his bedroom door, where you feed; learn with him what's coming next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heartstringz View Post
    Im trying to persevere with the routine but the fact that he only sleeps for 30 minutes each time is throwing the whole thing out of wack & its very hard
    You poor thing. I feel your pain - my 7 week old DS isn't a great day sleeper either. He goes through truly awful stages where he will literally scream all day. Doesn't matter what you do because he's overtired and over stimulated.
    He's slowly having more good days than bad days, but even our good days go downhill in the afternoon. Every nap is a victory! You guys can do it!

    Something's that have helped us are - removing coffee from my diet. I drink decaf pods now. I saw a naturopath who spent time as an ABA counsellor and she told me that for a 6 month old baby, the caffeine in one cup of espresso coffee can take up to 96 (or was it 93?) hours for their body to processes and get rid of.
    I don't follow a timed routine. I loosely follow eat play sleep - loosely. Sometimes it's more like eat play eat sleep but that's ok with me because I find he generally only wants the second feed through the hottest part of the day.
    When it's play time I don't have the TV on in the background anymore, I have a play gym mat thing and I took most of the toys off it so there's not too many over him and rotate the one I leave there. Sometimes we don't have toys, I'll put on classical or relaxation music and we'll walk about the house or garden. Or even sit on my lap and have a talk. Sometimes I put him in the middle of my bed while I fold the washing and that's enough stimulation for him.
    He has about 1-1.5 hours maximum awake time.
    I don't know if any of this is helpful, you've probably heard it all before but it helps us.

    Have you tried talking to someone yourself? You sound very frustrated, it's a rough situation to be in!

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    Also I completely agree with @redlipsandpearls
    Persevere with whatever you choose to do and you'll see results!

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    Dont give up on the routine the sleep consultant gave you. It's only the first day.
    My ds is not wanting to sleep during the day lately either or if he did it would only be 20/30 min so I would keep him up for 30min and back to bed to try again.

    The days when I would force my kids to have a nap were the most stressful for all of us. He will be fine to have a nap in the rocker if thats the only place he will nap.
    But stick to one method for at least three days and if you dont see any improvement then maybe change things.

    Im sorry if any of this has come across harsh, I have also had anxiety in my past but sometimes you just need to say screw you and get out there and beat anxiety.

    Are you at least getting any time to yourself op on weekends or the evening when bub is in bed?

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    Does the sleep consultant do a follow up visit with you?


 

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