We're first time parents, so we dont have anything to compare our dd's unsettledness to.
For the past week and a half roughly, it has been an absolute nightmare to try and get her to settle/sleep. On average she has only been having 7-10 hours sleep per day at the absolute most, and i understand it should be about 15+ hours.
Majority of the time it has been a scream fest (feel sorry for the neighbours) and it did not matter what we did...she seemed happiest in an upright position, but at times her screams could still peel the paint off the walls. This led us to believe that wind/reflux or colic was the problem. She has had no problems with putting on weight (she is 5.5kgs) and she rarely spews, if she does it is only a tiny dribble and she doesnt smell of sour milk.
We have never laid her down straight after feeding (which is a combination of bf, ebm and ff) the wife wanted to steer away from bf as she felt the fast flow was causing dd to gulp air as she couldnt keep up. She is always well burped and kept upright for a fair while.
We have 6 week vaccs today and are going to consult with the doc about all of this aswell, but i wanted to know what everyone else experienced with their bubs.
Is it just a stage they go through, like a growth spurt sort of thing? Or does it sound like more of a reflux/wind/colic issue?
The screams were definitely an 'im in pain scream' which kept her up, and that led to her getting beyond it and being over-tired, leading to more screaming, until she completely wore herself out and slept for an hour at a time. She could settle in mums arms but as soon as she was layed down she would stir and wake up with the painful scream again.
Mum has cut out cows milk from her diet, but we cant tell if it helped. We have also used lactose free s26 formula over the past 2 days, prior it had been the a2.
Yesterday was her first really good day! She actually smiled at us a couple of times and slept in solid blocks of 3-3.5hours between feeds with little screaming/crying. But since early thismorning she has returned to grunting and groaning and moving around alot with a bit of a scream after her feed at 1.30am until 3.30am.
We are really hoping the 'phase' is over and that it wasnt all the sleepless days just catching up with her, giving us 1 days grace.
Any tips/tricks, advice/input is welcome!
We have found that tight swaddling helps, so she doesnt startle when being tilted back to be laid down from an upright position. Laying a small cloth over her eyes seems to help with settling in the c-hold sometimes. Drives in the car sometimes help aswell for some reason (movement and noise). Another trick we have stumbled on is repeatedly pushing the pram/bassinet over the small lip join between the tiles and carpet, or up onto a relatively thick rug...the up/down, back/forth movement seems to help. We have been doing the bicycle leg exercise to help with wind. And there is always white noise...prior to all this unsettledness starting, i could vacuum and mow without her waking up!
Sorry for the small novel, but im jacked up on coffee while the wife gets some much needed rest, and some reassurance that it gets better would be awesome!