i have posted in the colic, reflux thread. I think it is more appropriate on this forum. I have signed up with the Ngala but am still waiting. In the meantime, i am hoping to get some advices here.
DS has reflux and is colic (windy). He has been quite unsettled since 3w old. He cries a lot and a miserable baby. He is now 9w old. He isn't like a typical baby who can eat, quiet play, sleep. We have feeding issue early on but i think we have managed to get it to work in 3 hrs x 8 feed block. It takes ages to settle him to sleep. Sometime the time has passed that it is due for another feed. I tend not to feed him if he doesn't have a nap. I try bouncer, cot (tilted), co-sleeping, swing (the little lamb swing that everyone recommended), sling, carrier and pram and nothing seems to work. He always wants me to rock him to sleep. Sure, I don't mind that and transfer him after. However, he just won't stay asleep. I know few of you have told me to just let him sleep in my arms. The fact is that i did and 98% of the time. I have lost so much weight for not eating well. Even he sleeps in my arms, he is a catnapper. I am not talking about 1hr block but 10 or 15 mins he would wake and fuss. He just becomes overtired and grumpy (another source of crying). I am so envy for those who can just put baby in the pram and go out. I am feeling so sad with a crying baby and feel so disconnected from the outside world.
Recently, my friend loan me a baby hammock which bounces up and down. Surprisingly, DS is able to fall asleep on his own!!! I thought that's a life saver. Unfortunately, after a day of trying, he became so agitated from overtiring. He doesn't sleep in it long either. It took him another day to recover from it -- he basically just wanted to sleep all day long in my arms the next day (with interruption). How could that be? I saw him slept in it. From what i read, the motion will not put them into deep sleep. Is it true?
Another puzzle to me is that he seems hyperactive. He won't stop throwing his arms and legs during feed or sleep. It takes so much effort to "calm" him. He doesn't seem to be the typical sleepy baby that everyone has for the first 3 months.