I think any kind of school or 'training' for a baby of that age is inappropriate because at that early stage they are still adjusting to life outside the womb & so desperately rely on the comfort of mummy to make them feel secure . so I would trust your own instincts on that one.
I'm not sure what's been said already but a friend has been having a similar struggle with her newbie and she bought her a rocking swing thing that seems to settle her and have her comfortable for longer stretches.
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07-03-2013 07:41 #181Senior Member
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07-03-2013 07:44 #182Senior Member
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Definitely way too young. Her reflux is still out of control, until that is sorted out she's not going to sleep. The crying is just going to aggrevate the reflux. Give the meds a chance to work. In the mean time book yourself in to see a paed gastro as it can take months. They will help sort out the reflux or potential milk allergy. I have been where you are and it's a long tough road. Hang in there. I know your husband is not keen but Chiro really did help my little boy. He went from screaming all night waking up every hour to waking a twice a night after four sessions with a Chiro. What have you got to lose???
07-03-2013 07:56 #183
Hmm.. I havnt used a sleep school so this is my uneducated opinion on it... But I would imagine 5 weeks to be to young for controlled crying maybe they would try some other settling techniques with babies that little. I'm sure I have read on here before that not all sleep schools use controlled crying . Maybe you could try giving some a call and asking what they would actually do with your bub.
I understand not wanting to let them cry, I was/am the same with my kids. (Just my parenting style nothing against those that do). I think with babies with reflux it's very hard to do cc because often they are crying or unsettled due to pain.
07-03-2013 08:02 #184Member
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I was going to suggest this earlier on but I know how hard it is for you to consider this. I personally think that it would be a really great option for you. In my experience and I have been to two seperate sleep schools they would never ever control cry a 5 week old. What you would get however is baby being reviewed by a paed every day and support for you to help you through this difficult time. Sleep schools are not just for sleep problems but help with things like reflux (and general unsettledness) and maternal mental health. It is definitely worth looking into the ones in your area to see what they offer. I would suggest a private sleep school possibly attached to a hospital as you will be assigned your own paed. They will never push you to do anything that you are not comfortable this.
07-03-2013 08:09 #185
It sounds to me like you need what ever help you can get your hands on at the moment and if you are being offered a residential stay at Karitane or Tresillian or similar I would jump at it.
You mentioned you have PND, your DP isn't helping, your relationship is struggling and you older child is being impacted. It may sound harsh but you need to take the help you are being offered.
07-03-2013 08:46 #186
I took DD to sleep school at about 7 weeks. My experience was horrendous & I would never go down that path again, but DD does not have any health concerns so I can't compare iykwim. I think if your gut tells you no you probably won't get much out of it anyway.
07-03-2013 08:56 #187
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07-03-2013 11:17 #190
I agree that you need to try something. You seem to have a reason for not trying a lot of things but maybe you just need to. A sleep school may be helpful because a good sleep specialist may witness what life is like for you and bub and should recognize whether or not it's a sleep issue or a health issue. Your state must have some kind of support like tresillian or ngala. I would be tryin everything and getting a new paed if you don't like what the first one said but you need a plan as things appear to be chopping and changing so you might not be giving things a chance to work.
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