Try some white noise. I have an app on my phone, it works a treat for calming 8 week old DS3 down.
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10-08-2013 00:54 #13Senior Member
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Thanks ladies. I have been on a chocolate ban since birth so it's not that & I have been using my Ergo quite a lot which works well but it's tiring doing everything, cooking, cleaning & bathing a 3 yr old while wearing bub.
There is no possible way to do quiet, dark room until my very boisterous 3 yr old is off to sleep.
After that which is around 8pm I do white noise app very loud, dark room & boob & she's usually down by 9pm & sleeps til 1/2am.
I guess I just need to ride it out & hope she turns a corner soon, my 3 yr old was mix-fed so a bottle would sort her out pretty quickly but I've also tried an expressed breast milk top up & she just skulls it then continues to scream & doesn't sleep any longer so I don't see the point.
10-08-2013 08:13 #14
DD had colic and at her worst wiching hour would last almost 12 hours! She just turned a corner at 7.5 weeks, started sleeping 8 hours at night at 8 weeks and by 12 weeks would just have an hour or 2 of grumpiness before going down for 12 hours sleep. No changes to achieve this, still had TV on and ate chocolate (since stopping it didn't do squat!) so was just her growing out of it.
DS is much more settled overall but I would say for both my bubs week 6-7 was the worst when everything peaked and you feel like there is no end in sight but then by week 8 it all starts getting better.
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11-08-2013 07:25 #15
Much harder with a 3yo obviously but dd's witching hour is about 4:30-7:30. 4:30-5:30 I go for a walk and she usually sleeps for half hour of that. We come home have a feed, nappy free play for as long as she'll tolerate it, another feed, tummy time, bath boob bed!
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11-08-2013 15:08 #16Member
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Witching hour improved when my daughter was 5 months old..... she has just turned 2 and still has her moments when she goes to bed now. Never found out why she screamed for hours on end after asking everyone from doctors to health clinic nurses and lactation specialists (thought it was supply)
11-08-2013 19:11 #17Senior Member
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Leeann - my 3 yr old still has arsenic hours from around 4pm til bed time too. She's over tired, overstimulated & emotional & naughty!! She also still needs a nap but refuses so that's part if the issue. At least getting her off to bed takes no more than 10mins as she's fast asleep by the end of the first story usually.
Thanks MrsTuliuawa - we often walk to the Park with bub in the ergo as she hates the pram & she'll fall straight up sleep & not wake until I take her out but it's not very safe cooking & awkward doing everything.
I've found in the last few days if I put her in her rocker where ever I am that'll buy me some time depending how bad an afternoon we are having so i'll stick with that for now....
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