To be annoyed with DP when he lays in bed offering 'his advice' while I'm up with crying baby

(27 Posts)
Hotmad Thu 30-Jan-14 06:51:26

She woke up at 6am for feed and was very upset for this feed, crying..... Not taking it..... I'll have to try infacol or gripe water next time as I think it's bad trapped wind. Anyway, my DP in bed all cosy days things like, 'maybe your hurting her back keep rubbing and patting it 100 times'
I'm actually winding her as it's the only thing that seems to help her is when i rub and pat her back. Also he then said, ' I'm not gonna get back to sleep now am I?'
Err hello? What about me?
Would these comments annoy anyone else? Or am I just newborn baby tired?

Euphemia Thu 30-Jan-14 06:57:37

Who the hell has a newborn and expects to sleep beyond 6am???!!!

Does he have work to get up for? Which jobs does he do in the household?

Hotmad Thu 30-Jan-14 06:58:33

No work at moment for him no, he does do house stuff like washing up and cooking dinner

underachievingmum Thu 30-Jan-14 06:59:49

It would annoy me - and he would likely be invited to try the sofa!!

FWIW me and DH both up since 6am but we have 3dc who like early starts and need lunches etc!!

SanityClause Thu 30-Jan-14 07:03:32

Once the baby was fed (assuming you are BFing) I would hand her over to him to settle, once he started with the advice. And don't give advice to him, no matter how much you are tempted.

headoverheels Thu 30-Jan-14 07:03:50

When I had a breastfeeding newborn and DH was off work on paternity leave, I fed the baby and DH was responsible for winding and settling him. Could you suggest that? It really needs to be a joint effort at this stage when you're so tired.

MinesAPintOfTea Thu 30-Jan-14 07:24:17

Let him do it then. He needs to learn the practical part of parenting which is definitely sorting the crying baby at a time you'd rather be sleeping.

Pollydon Thu 30-Jan-14 07:30:43

YADNBU, he is being twattish

MoominsYonisAreScary Thu 30-Jan-14 07:35:17

Yes it would annoy me, we had one that was very difficult to wind though and dp was much better at doing it than me.

Also sleeping past 6 is a rare occurance in this house.

Hotmad Thu 30-Jan-14 09:12:53

He is rubbish at winding her as he is too scared of hurting her!!! He kinda walks on eggshells around her

Joysmum Thu 30-Jan-14 09:14:55

Just hand the baby over and say, 'You show me!'

MinesAPintOfTea Thu 30-Jan-14 09:23:24

And he won't get more confident unless he tries. Seriously, hand her over and have a nap.

I never got the hang of winding anyway. Think its a myth to give desperate parents something to try when really the baby just needs to get used to the world.

LateBear Thu 30-Jan-14 09:32:57

My DH is sleeping in the spare room since LO arrived 4 weeks ago, he's been up in the night maybe 3 times since we came home, other than that I've been leaving him to sleep as he has to work, but if he tells me one more time that he is more tired the more sleep he gets I'll throttle him! grin

Joysmum Thu 30-Jan-14 09:35:07

If he's rubbish at winding her, that's even more effective at making your point for you. I'd still hand the baby over.

DownstairsMixUp Thu 30-Jan-14 09:42:55

I would be close to wanting to thump him angry hand the baby and tell him to show you if he thinks it is so easy!

NumptyNameChange Thu 30-Jan-14 09:51:31

so he doesn't work or take an equal hand with the baby and he's moaning about his sleep?

i'd tell him to get up and look for a job. 6am is surely a luxury with a newborn anyway?

Hotmad Thu 30-Jan-14 10:30:53

I do pass her over for him to wind but he barely touches he back and she screams so loud I can't bare it! I try to show him but he really just doesn't do it that way. I would do anything to not listen to her crying

MinesAPintOfTea Thu 30-Jan-14 10:37:59

Does he take her for any length of time? For all your sakes he needs to learn to. Even if he puts her in a sling and goes out for a walk for half an hour.

DS used to fuss more when given to DH after he went back to work so for a long time I would go off and have a bath and just leave them to it. DH wouldn't stop trying to wind/soothe DS and really it was colic and nothing could be done for it.

headoverheels Thu 30-Jan-14 12:17:21

Honestly OP, the only way for him to realise that babies aren't made of glass is to let him get stuck in. Do yourself and him both a favour!

Fairylea Thu 30-Jan-14 12:21:35

He's being an arse.

6am is a normal wake up time for a baby, well most babies so he better suck it up and get used to it. My two now aged 11 years and 19 months have never slept past 6am!

He needs more practice. Get him up, show him how it's done and then walk away and let him try. He needs to learn how to do it.

Doodledumdums Thu 30-Jan-14 17:08:51

YANBU, my DH does this too and it drives me mad!

6am sounds lovely though, my 1yo got me up at 4am, and I had to leave for work at 6am!

Mogz Thu 30-Jan-14 17:59:26

Hi Hot I know it is heartbreaking but really do hand the baby over and walk away for 10 minutes to let him figure it out. My DH was the same for the first few weeks, he was terrified of 'breaking the baby' but quick to dole out advice to me. So I handed over and ran a bath with some music on so I couldn't hear her cry. If you know the baby is fed, has a clean nappy and isnt in obvious pain then no harm will come to either of them. Took two or three goes but he found his knack with her and now picks her up and sorts her out rather than telling me what to do.

Nanny0gg Thu 30-Jan-14 18:30:49

Did you know what to do the second you had her? No. Have you learnt by being hands-on? Yes.

Same will work for him. Hand her over every morning for a week and go and have a long noisy shower.

When he's proficient you can take it in turns.

ZenNudist Thu 30-Jan-14 18:41:15

If he's not working he's going to be able to do a lot of things in the day so you can get your rest. ATM he sounds like a selfish prick!

Let him get used to caring for baby.

NewtRipley Thu 30-Jan-14 18:55:22

We found putting DS2 on his front over our lap and gently rubbing in a circular motion was helpful

YANBU

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