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at my wits end - please help

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octopusinabox Mon 02-Nov-09 11:32:11

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pooter Mon 02-Nov-09 11:39:49

Get an ergo sling, and put her in that on your back. She may not sleep but will be comforted and you can get on and do a few things - or at least have both of your hands free.

I have been there and it is so difficult.

Tee2072 Mon 02-Nov-09 11:40:26

My son will rarely sleep during the day. I put him in his Baby Bjorn or his bouncy chair and go about my day. He's nearly 5 months and sleeps (usually) from 8p to about 530a every night.

In fact I am shock at the moment because he fell asleep in my arms about 20 minutes ago and I had to desperately use the loo and so I put him in his carry cot, and he's still asleep!!

boundarybabe Mon 02-Nov-09 12:23:59

My Ds is a man who likes his comfort - I've had to pad his cot by wrapping a single duvet around the mattress and then putting the sheet over that. That sorted our problem when he spent weeks refusing to sleep anywhere but on our bed! Perhaps it's worth a try with her cot?

kittywise Mon 02-Nov-09 12:35:05

Poor you, I've been there and it's a nightmare. A sling is a good idea if your baby likes them. Ds hated them and he wouldn't sleep during the day, even as a newborn he was awake nearly all of the time and extradionarily bad tempered. It was utterly exhaustingsad.
is there anyway you can get some time away? can someone come round for a couple of hours?
Hope it gets better

boolifooli Mon 02-Nov-09 12:37:28

This was my DS. It was such a shock after 3 babies who would sleep! A very draining time but it does pass, eventually. I used a sling now and then just to be able to cook or change my knickers occasionaly.

octopusinabox Mon 02-Nov-09 14:17:08

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Chaotica Mon 02-Nov-09 14:54:21

Sorry to hear how hard it is. I know some children are just like this, but have you ruled out that she's in pain/discomfort of some kind? Have you a GP/HV who might help?
(My GP referred us to an osteopath who was helpful. There were obvious physical symptoms in DS's case, but I know that some people on here have had success with their babies being calmed by treatment. If you can afford it (not very expensive), it's worth a try just to see.)

LordVetinarisApprentice Mon 02-Nov-09 16:09:23

Oh Octopus, I do feel for you. My ds was a big crier (a very happy noisy 4yr old now). Is it possible to do controlled crying for nap times at this age - I don't know before I get pounced on. It is absolutely soul destroying though, I remember sitting on the loo crying as ds howled downstairs. Sorry I haven't got any solutions but just wanted to sympathise, it is a terrible time with a non-sleeping baby. I think people think as long as they sleep at night that's fine but it's not! You aren't trying to wash/clean/cook etc during the night!! Hope someone comes up with a good suggestion soon.
<sympathetic pat on shoulder>

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