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5 week old and sleep

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karma Fri 01-Apr-05 20:13:27

Just wanted to run something by you all.
My new son had been fairly easy to settle to sleep from day one (loosely following nap and sleep times as advised by the dreaded Gina Ford!!)
However this last week things have gone to pot. He will not settle himself and screams until he's picked up ,when he will instantly fall asleep (so he's not hungry, windy, etc)
Can't think this is all due to a growth spurt. Didn't want to get into this whole holding/rocking to sleep business (had it all with our first son and he's still not a brilliant sleeper), but equally the techniques for sorting this problem in the usual books (Contented Baby and Baby Whisperer) don't seem to be doing anything.
Am I being unrealistic for the age that my son is?
Should I just go with the whole cuddling to sleep thing, and wait and see if he starts settling himself again in a month or two? Really worried though that we'll start something we have difficulty stopping, and with a fairly high maintenance two and a half year old son aswell, could really do without this.
Any advice gratefully received! Thanks.

karma Fri 01-Apr-05 20:14:50

Sorry, forgot to say he is coming up to six weeks of age.

ambrosia Fri 01-Apr-05 20:49:23

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

jolly4 Fri 01-Apr-05 20:50:38

you will prob get different ideas on this one i can understand wym my dd is just 7 weeks and has not been apart from me i am bf thou i rthink maybe you should cuddle i now have too get a sling as my little angel wants me all the time

LoubieLou04 Fri 01-Apr-05 21:04:39

I had similar problems with DD. I found that by deciding on how I wanted to handle the situation and doing it the same way each time helped. It meant she knew exactly what was going on and what was expected of her. If you try doing one thing one day and then switch to something else the next because it seems not to be working you only end up with a confused baby. So make a plan and stick to it even if it doesn't work at first it may take time (weeks even) but consistancy will pay out in the end. Good luck

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