Before I Go Totally Insane(7 Posts)
My LB is 7 weeks on Wednesday and since he’s been born will only ever very rarely sleep longer than 20-30 mins.
On those rare occasions I am unprepared for it so don’t get to sleep myself.
He had colic and bad Reflux. Colic was sorted with Anti Colic milk and Infacol. I thought the reason he wasn’t sleeping was down to bringing up all his feeds with the Reflux so was too hungry to sleep.
Went to docs today, was prescribed infant Gaviscon and bought dr Browns bottles and success his feeds have stayed down all day. I thought this might mean I get some sleep n got my hopes up.
It’s now 1am and he is REFUSING to drop off. I have bought him to bed with me, no luck. Tucked him in his Moses basket, no luck. White noise toy doesnt help. Dummy makes no difference. He loses his shit when swaddled. He is clean, dry and fed and warm. I cuddle him and also try giving him space.
His eyes are heavy n he keeps almost nodding off but he’s fighting it!! He’s not crying, just loudly fussing. Doesn’t seem to be in pain. Dropping off for 20mins here n there still but it’s like a power nap and he wakes refreshed And ready to fuss for another 45 mins to an hour.
I am going to lose my mind is there any one that can help me get this baby to sleep?!?!?
I don't want to scare guy or give you no hope but my son is 7 months and he's still like this.
You've tried most of my 'go to' list, but what about popping him his car seat and giving it a swing back and forth, like a pendulum? Might nod him, and he might wake up when you take him out but also you need some sleep so if he does, get a hours kip yourself. A walk round in the pram? With someone with you if it's night. Then he can stay in it and you can sleep (there's a theme here!). More of a long term thing but mine wasn't settling for long either and I started switching off the living room light (and leaving the kitchen on, it's open plan so it's just dim then) at 8 every night and it he chills out now and sleeps really well.
The only other thing I can think of is an extra blanket (mines loves being really warm). I'd say it will pass, it usually does but it's so hard isn't it. Good luck and if nothing changes rope in someone else, baby's dad or grandparents to take them for a little while so you can catch up now and again.
Can your partner help, my lo was the same so 7pm I used to go bed till 12 then take over so we were both getting abit of sleep each day until it passes
Have you raised the head of the Moses basket?
It sounds like the reflux is probably the issue, so the more upright the better. Does he sleep better in a bouncer?
It does pass although it doesn't feel like it at this point. My non-sleeper that eventually I was given the most wonderful medised for (no longer licenced) still is asleep, although she is a teenager now!
The only other thing I can think of is that he's just cat-napping all the time, so isn't sleepy enough to sleep long time. I had that with dd1 during the day at that age. I'd spend all day getting her to sleep, for her to wake up within 20 minutes each time. I'd think she was still tired when she woke up so try and get her to go back to sleep. (she slept great at night it was only day time)
Eventually I decided not to bother trying getting her to sleep in the morning and just put her down after lunch. And then she slept reliably 3 hours each time. She just hadn't been tired enough to do a good deep sleep.
Perhaps make sure your baby doesn't doze after say 5pm, put them down at 9pm and see how that goes.
What about eschewing the Moses basket altogether and going straight to cot? Dd2 hated the Moses basket and we put her in a cot at 9 weeks iirc. It did help. We propped the end up with Oxford Consice English Dictionary which seemed a good sort of height. She had colic but it switched off at 5 mo...
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