To eat dinner with hairdryer on ?

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As its the only way I can eat without ds screaming wih colic sad

As soon as I turn it off he starts to stir and gets worked up again. No point to this thread really, just tired.

Thank you all so much for suggestions, made me teary.

I eat hardly any dairy and definitely nothing spicy at all at the moment. Plus if it was something to do with his gut being upset, surely he would be colicky all day? He's v content during the day. I've read newborns do get fussy at night, maybe overstimulated by then?

I do try to nap when he naps so think I am making enough milk. He feeds on demand and seems happy and full up.

He's just like a different baby at night.

Will definitely buy a cheap radio off amazon, thank you

Yy to tumble dryer, maybe ill put his Moses basket in the bathroom tomorrow evening while I eat something smile

Was going to get a swing but everyone said get a bouncy chair, which he hates as he wants cuddles a lot. I'm thinking he would love a swing because when I sway him, it really soothes him.

fieldfare I would love time to myself but its only when he's asleep, and then I either sleep or do housework as I get anxious when things pile up. He's not great with DP, always wants me etc plus I breastfeed every hour or so

usualsuspect Thu 31-Jan-13 20:55:31

I used to put the hoover on, it was the only thing that calmed my DS.

You have to do whatever works.

janji Thu 31-Jan-13 20:59:30

There are apps that have home electrics sounds on them. Maybe worth a try?

JacqueslePeacock Thu 31-Jan-13 21:12:28

My DS was very unhappy only at night - turned out to be a allergy to cows milk protein being passed through my breast milk. I didn't eat much dairy but there is hidden milk in many things, and it was really upsetting him. I gave up dairy (and soy - the proteins are very similar) and he was transformed! Might be worth a try. He grew out of the allergy before 9 months and has been fine since.

In the meantime, we found the "baby got colic" white noise sound/video on YouTube worked wonderfully - even better than the hairdryer! It sounds very strange, full of bizarre noises, but it worked without fail. Have a look for it, and remember you are supposed to play it quite loud.

GirlOutNumbered Thu 31-Jan-13 21:14:54

Exactly the same for me jacque.... If I accidentally eat a bit of dairy now, he has a bad nights sleep.

Hmm will keep an eye out for dairy in my diet then ad will definitely look that up on youtube!

The white noise apps don't seem to work but ill try a radio.

Shenanagins Thu 31-Jan-13 21:27:08

I would try to borrow a swing chair before buying one as we had one and my ds hated it?

fieldfare Thu 31-Jan-13 21:28:23

Radio 2 seemed to work for my dd and it wasn't hideous to listen to at 2 am while doing a bf smile
It could just be that that time of day is his "witching hour". Sleeping while he sleeps is great, try not to get anxious about the housework etc though, it really is unimportant. They're so tiny for such a short time. smile

Joannezipan Thu 31-Jan-13 21:36:48

My friend put her baby in his car seat in front of the dishwasher so she could cook and eat.

TarkaTheOtter Thu 31-Jan-13 21:46:12

I wouldn't give up dairy yet. No one knows what causes colic but it is quite normal in babies who can tolerate dairy too. Get past 8 weeks first and then worth a try as colic should start to ease up at this time.

Empty feeling breasts in the evening is quite normal, and means your baby is getting milk with a higher fat content. Have a look at this if you want some reassurance about supply.

For what it's worth, from my nct group the baby (sadly not mine) who seemed to be the most colicky in the early weeks is now the best sleeper and generally a very content baby and has been since about 3 months (now 1 year).

I definitely think it is his witching hour smile he's quite happy the rest of the day and we go out and do things. Thank you for your support, going to get a radio today and try that tonight.

TranceDaemon Fri 01-Feb-13 11:42:03

I had a free white noise app for my iPhone - worked bloody wonders it did!

Flobbadobs Fri 01-Feb-13 11:48:37

I knew exactly what you were on about when I saw the title. I did the same but with the hoover!
Do whatever works and gets you some peace x

Fakebook Fri 01-Feb-13 12:10:22

Yanbu! We used to use a specific white noise sound on YouTube for DS from 6 weeks old. He wouldn't listen to anything else. Then when he was about 9 months I found a new app on iPhone that had a whole variety of sounds that you could combine together. DS liked the ocean and thunder sounds combined. Now he's 12 months it doesn't work for him anymore.

Could you record the sound of the hair dryer and put it on loop on your phone or iPod?

spiderlight Fri 01-Feb-13 12:15:27

I feel your pain! For the first five months or so of DS's life, I only got to go to the loo/eat/have a cuppa if the Dyson was on right next to his Moses basket. We tried recording the Dyson. We tried womb sound CDs. We tried white noise. No joy. It HAD to be the actual Dyson. He eventually graduated to Jean Michel Jarre and then to Gregorian chanting confused Very eclectic child.

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