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Newborn wakes up screaming in sling

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Presh88 Tue 07-Nov-17 14:56:23

Just wondering if anyone could figure out why this is happening?
4 week old DS naps better on me during the day or it takes me a while to settle him in bed, so the last couple of days I’ve put him in a close caboo sling so I can get on with a few things around the house.
He goes into the sling happily enough and will drop off and nap in it for a couple of hours. This is great, I have free hands!
Only problem is he will suddenly wake up absolutely screaming his head off. It almost seems as if he’s terrified of something and is different to his normal hungry/winding/changing grizzles.
I thought he might be too warm but our house is quite cold and I felt his neck while he was napping which seemed normal temp.
Any ideas what could be stressing him when he wakes? I love using the sling but don’t want to use it if waking in it stresses him out so much confused

EveryoneTalkAboutPopMusic Tue 07-Nov-17 18:32:01

Have you checked his chest to make sure he’s not too warm?

Presh88 Wed 08-Nov-17 02:43:05

I couldn’t reach his chest because his head was tucked in close to me. I think it must be that he’s too warm though. Going to try it in the house later today with just a vest and some leggings and socks for his bottom half and see if that’s better with one layer less of clothing

TheVanguardSix Wed 08-Nov-17 02:56:38

Perhaps he's hungry after a two hour nap?

Themummy76 Wed 08-Nov-17 03:01:27

Definitely too warm and - can he breathe?! If you can’t reach his chest it sounds too tight/smothered. Remember newborns can only breathe through their noses (unless they are crying)

Presh88 Wed 08-Nov-17 03:04:58

Yes he is normally hungry and I settled him with a feed but the crying when he wakes up in the sling is really loud and inconsolable (almost like he’s freaked out about something) which is different from his usually crying for food confused

Presh88 Wed 08-Nov-17 03:06:22

Yes he can breathe I have him close enough to kiss/heat him breathing and his face is to the side but tight to me if that makes sense, have his head tucked into the side of the sling like you’re meant to with the caboo

Presh88 Wed 08-Nov-17 03:06:36

Hear not heat

Presh88 Wed 08-Nov-17 03:16:26

Took this picture when he was sleeping nicely in it - only wearing a vest and sleepsuit but gues he could have been too hot against me

Themummy76 Wed 08-Nov-17 03:17:11

He’s not ‘scared of something’ at 4 weeks old - it’s a physical need he’s communicating. smile

Themummy76 Wed 08-Nov-17 03:18:15

Ah cute! Definitely too hot if your house a normal temp - see how you get on with less layers on him tomorrow

Newmanwannabe Wed 08-Nov-17 03:19:49

Could his arm or leg have gone numb/ to sleep and it is scaring him?.. maybe check all his joints are "flexed" and supported

Presh88 Wed 08-Nov-17 03:19:51

Thanks will try again with less clothing! Back to bed for us after night feed now grin

Fluteytootey Wed 08-Nov-17 03:50:03

Is that a close caboo? I wouldn't use the outside but if the wrap when inside so you could try taking it off...

Ven83 Wed 08-Nov-17 04:33:31

My 6 week old has done the same a few times in the last week or so. He wasn’t in the sling though. I realised that he was actually still asleep. He’d suddenly start screaming his lungs out, it would go on for about a minute or two, then he’d drift off to sleep like nothing happened. So now when it happens I just hold him close until he rides it out. It could be related to transitioning sleep cycles. It’s still very scary when it happens.

mindutopia Wed 08-Nov-17 10:31:06

It's normal for them to wake up screaming sometimes unfortunately. Waking up can be hard. They do it less when really tiny, but definitely as they get older, it can be pretty common. I know mine could be hysterical sometimes (she's nearly 5 now and she is still hysterical if she naps and wakes up). It doesn't necessarily mean you are doing anything wrong. Thankfully, she's there with you so that should be comforting to her, even if she is crying and upset.

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