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    Default Baby will only sleep on me. Help!!

    Hi I have a four month old baby girl (born 9 weeks early), she started off sleeping really well during the day and night however now she will only sleep on me, as soon as I put her down she wakes and cries and nothing I do seems to work. I need help as I'm spending my days stuck on the couch with her and nights with her in our bed all night (she used to sleep majority of the night in her co sleeper and from about 4am with us, which we were happy with).

    Any tips would be really appreciated.

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    This was exactly my ds as a baby.. I went to sleep school etc but it just took its course. Sorry that's how it happened with me

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    Really normal behaviour. So she is actually 2mths corrected???

    Try wrapping your shirt around a heat pack in her bassinet. All my three kids slept only in carrier, pram and swing till 6mths. My dd3 is currently passed out on me.

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    All I can suggest is you find ways to make it better for you. Netflix subscription? Carrier to save your arms? Go exploring by bus or train where you can still hold her? Sit outdoors in the day and maybe go out places you enjoy so you're still leaving the house and she can sleep on you?

    It will pass. Even if it seems like it might go on forever at the moment.

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    Are you breastfeeding? I used to feed to sleep laying down and then just scoot away.
    Actually I still do that with my 13 month old Even cuddling while laying down has helped my snuggly bubbas.

    Otherwise, I echo what Scuba Girl said - lots of DVDs, Netflix if you can, baby carriers were my lifesaver, especially with my first.

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    My DD is now 5 months and also prem and she went through about 4-6 weeks of not being able to put her down, terrible sleeping etc. I used an ergowrap carrier around the house and out. I'd go out and walk around the shops for a couple of hours with her in the wrap as she would sleep the whole time and as I wasn't home I couldn't stress about the dishes/washing/cleaning unable to be done. That wrap saved me. I don't use it now so it does get better. I think it is a common phase about that age. Enjoy the snuggles as there's no way my DD would sleep on me now and I do miss that as there is nothing sweeter than a tiny baby fast asleep on you. It can be very hard at the time though (my DD was a screamy reflux baby).

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    Thanks you all for your help and suggestions, today she fell asleep in my arms and I was able to put her in her cot and she slept for 20 mins (I ran around like a crazy person cleaning the house/showered and ate). She spent 6 weeks in nicu so was bottle fed on ebm however about a month ago she started breast feeding full time, I feel like that is when this all started. She now won't take a bottle. Even at play time she will only be on the rug or swing for a few minutes before crying. Today I booked a sleep specialist that will come to our house for a day, I feel like we need help but I'm a first time mum so I don't feel confident.

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    What you are describing is NORMAL baby behaviour. There is no need for a sleep specialist.

    Your baby wanting you is normal. Your baby refusing bottles is normal. Your baby only sleeping on you is normal. Your baby not wanting to sleep by herself is normal.

    I have 3 and all mine have been like this. Don't work from her birth date but rather from her due date for her behaviour patterns.

    You are doing great by responding to your baby. I'm currently wearing my 8wk old (full term) as I eat dinner and wash up.

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    Btw mine didn't sleep in the cot in the day till 6mths. It was carrier, pram or swing.

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    Hi ladies, just an update Lo is almost 8 months old 6 months corrected and is still only sleeping in my arms during the day and is in bed with us at night. I have attempted to put her in her cot during the day and can sometimes get her to fall asleep in there sometime after over an hour of trying and then her only having 30 min nap. We are on a wait list for a sleep school but unsure if i will follow through with it.

    Anyway I hope everyone else are getting their sleep


 

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