Do u also put him in a dark room during the day?
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09-12-2015 19:02 #11Senior Member
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09-12-2015 19:20 #12
If you have a bjorn, this might make it more comfortable
Carriers aren't a savior for everyone...but they've been so helpful to me with my second child. I wish I'd used them more with my first. General suggestions would be to put bub in before he gets too tired/distressed, and go for a walk around straight away. Jiggling/patting/whatever else he usually likes can help.
09-12-2015 19:38 #13
Why don't you feed him when he wants to feed vs following a schedule?
Btw none of my kids did the feed/play/sleep. They did/do feed/play/feed/sleep. I wrap my 9wk old tightly before all sleeps or pop her in the carrier. Today she was extra grumpy so I wore her all day.
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09-12-2015 21:09 #15Senior Member
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Because I am bottle feeding. I gave up BF since my mom left. Being him so demanding and clingy, I dint have anytime to pump and got blocked duct. Very painful. I just don't produce enough to do full time BF. To make my life easier, I gave up and I actually cried about it.
We overfed him in the past with formula because that's the only way to shut him. He won't stop eating. Confused reflux with hunger. That's why we follow a schedule and the recommended amount.
Thanks fir the bjorn suggestion. It looks like we have to give it a third go.
09-12-2015 21:37 #16Senior Member
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Your DS sounds like my first daughter. It's so hard I feel for you. Can your DH help with overnight feeds/settling, or can he give you a block of time out for yourself?
We swaddled every sleep time day & night. My dd1 hated it but she would wake herself up with her arms flapping about otherwise. I would try wrapping him fairly firmly so he can't wriggle while you are holding/ settling him. As previous posters have said, hold him, let him sleep on you if you can afford that time, & settle in a dark environment with minimal stimulation.
With my dd1 looking back I think it was a combination of me not picking up her tired signs & her temperament.
09-12-2015 21:47 #17
Yes, I used the love to dream night and day and made the room as dark as possible. I got so desperate one day I taped a sarong to the window with masking tape, then I bought black out blinds. I'll try and find the wind massage I did on YouTube so you can see what I'm talking about, it really helped...
09-12-2015 21:56 #18
My baby would often only sleep in my arms or lap, would wake after ten mins in the bassinet. I found when he was really little a hug a bub carrier worked much better than the baby bjorn as he felt closer and more snuggled in, I just wore him all day while I got stuff done. The bjorn worked better when he was a bit older.
09-12-2015 22:07 #19
I've had 2 unsettled babies so I know how hard it can be. A few things:
- babies are brilliant for the first week or two then get harder, the crying and crap sleep supposedly peaks at about 8/9 weeks. So you're not alone, a lot of people struggle with these same issues in the first few months.
- tired signs. Figure out what your baby's tired cues are. They can be really subtle and they can go from totally fine to overtired and cranky in the blink of an eye! With my first, we had no idea what her tired signs were and they were quite hard to spot. It was a certain expression and jerky arm movement. DS has always had very obvious tired signs like eye rubbing, ear pulling, grimacing and just generally a very clear signal that he's ready to sleep.
- eat. Stock up on food you can eat with one hand. With my DD I got in the same cycle as you, screaming baby that had to be held all day and I would go all day without eating. Not good.
- swaddle bub, it really does help. At that age I always use a cot sheet as it's nice and firm.
This is such a hard stage, newborns are tough and demanding. Do whatever works.
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09-12-2015 22:12 #20
There's quite few vids on YouTube showing you how to relieve gas/wind. Give a few of them a go to see if it works for you, it's worth a try at this point. Have you tried music or white noise?
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