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    Hi everyone..I have a 3 week old that doesn't sleep. When I put him down for a sleep he will close his eyes for 2mins and then wake. The most he will do would be 25mins. He doesn't go straight to sleep either it can take a while. I have tried putting to bed later and earlier and different wraps. I have rang tressillian and spoken to CHN and they said I'm doing everything they would suggest to do. I guess I'm looking fot sny advice or to see that I'm not alone! I also have a 4yr daughter. He is formula fed and has a dummy.

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    You are not alone!!!! My bub is a little older now so we are mostly past the stressing about bubs sleep stage so I just wanted to also remind you that it DOES get better. Promise.
    When I was pregnant I was mentally prepared for feeding to be difficult but I hadn't really thought too much about sleep. Well didnt I get a rude shock!!! Whoever decided to use the phase "sleeping like a baby" to describe lots of peaceful sleep was NOT a parent!!!
    I read this the other day and thought it sounded similar to the things that eventually helped us. It might strike a cord with you.... Or it might not. Different things works differently for different families and bubs and I think that's why it's hard to find good support and advice. Good luck x

    http://www.*******.com.au/three-gold...baby-to-sleep/

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    Will be sleep on you? Perhaps put something of yours that has your scent on it in his cot? Have you got a swing seat or something like that? White noise sometimes works as well.
    I found with my DD if I slept in a singlet the next day I'd put it in her cot/bassinet and that sometimes worked. White noise baby app is really good too, DD still likes that what she's over tired. Or like I said a swing chair or something?
    Hope you can get him to sleep

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    Yeah will sleep on me if I hold to sleep. Might take a while but if I try to transfer he wakes straight away or within minutes. I have a rocker and swing but he's not fussed and will cry in them.

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    DD was an easy sleeper as a newbie compared to DS. Without boring you with all of the details, I found that he would have his big sleeps in his vibrating sling chair (Fisher Price one) or his baby swing. He transitioned from these at around 4-5w into big sleeps in his basinette, I had to 'chock up' his head end of the mattress with a folded towel underneath. He didn't sleep completely flat and in a cot in his own room until around 7-8w.

    Try out a few different things, whatever works for you and bubs! You need a few good chunks of sleep too!!

    *** forgot to add... I would settle DS in my arms but have wheatbags heating up whatever I was about to put him into, it was much easier to keep him relaxed if he is put into a warm place rather than a cold one.
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    Babys and sleep is so difficult! My DD is 10 weeks old now and what worked when she was 3 and 4 works doesn't work anymore and things I tried then that didn't work are working now.. its incredibly hard...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RAV2014 View Post
    Yeah will sleep on me if I hold to sleep. Might take a while but if I try to transfer he wakes straight away or within minutes. I have a rocker and swing but he's not fussed and will cry in them.

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    How long are you holding him once he falls asleep?

    The 2 reasons most bubs do this is a. They're still hungry or uncomfortable ( temp, dirty nappy, gas, need to burp) b. They're still in the lighter REM sleep so aren't in a deep enough sleep. They usually need to be asleep for 20 minutes before they're in a deep sleep so wait until then to put them down.

    The heat pack and clothes with your scent are also really helpful as a pp mentioned too.





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    I had issues with putting my dd down when I got home from the hospital. Same thing, as soon as I put her down she was awake and cried until I picked her up. I went and seen the child health nurse who said to put a piece of clothing from both me and DH and to heat up her bassinet with a heat pack before putting her in. It worked a treat!! I also used one of those zip up swaddles which was amazing as well 😀

    After a few weeks she was used to sleeping in her bassinet, sometimes with the 'shhhing encouragement' and would sleep 1-1.5hrs at a time during the day.

    Good luck and I hope both you and bub get some sleep soon xo

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    Thanks everyone. Yes I hold him for longer than 20mins but he still wakes. Might just have to give in and hold him for his sleeps..

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    HI Rav, sorry to hear you are having problems with your little boy getting some sleep. My boy had similar issues the first few weeks, but from about 4 weeks he started to settle down and sleep a little better. I dont think we tried anything different specifically that worked, but had tried a lot of the suggestions above. But for us I think it was just a case of him getting used to his bassinette and sleep hours and growing into it.

    Good luck!


 

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