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3 week old suddenly refuses to sleep in Moses basket

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cambezola Mon 18-Mar-13 07:53:58

My 3 week old baby is generally not a great sleeper- it takes up to 3 hours to settle him for a 1 hour nap- but up until now he's been ok about going into his basket after falling asleep on my boob, and stays put for anything between half an hour and 3 hours. The last couple of days though he has woken up and cried every time I've tried to put him down, in the day and at night. He used to be ok at self settling and nodding off again if he woke up but now just cries louder and louder.

The only way I can get him to stay asleep at all (and therefore get any sleep myself) is if I keep him in the bed, then he stays asleep happily for hours. I understand that he's teeny and just wants to be by me but I don't understand the sudden turnaround. I also don't want to feel 'forced' into co sleeping as the only option available, as I worry about 'making a rod for my own back' and that I'm introducing bad habits and he'll still be happily sleeping with us a year from now by which time well have completely lost our minds.

cambezola Mon 18-Mar-13 07:56:22

Ps he's grown enormously since birth, last week weighed in at 9 pounds 7- do you think maybe he's outgrown his basket? He is a very wriggly baby and tends to whack the bottom and sides...

BloomingB Mon 18-Mar-13 10:35:30

I sympathise, it's really tough when they are this new and maybe try not to worry too much but just get your sleep however you can - in your bed is better than none at all and I'm sure this phase will pass soon. I think it's probably too early to encourage bad habits and in time it will all click back into place smile

What worked for us was fleece lining the basket so there was no sudden coldness as she went down and raising one end slightly with the phone book so she wasn't completely flat. Also holding her for 25/30 mins after she had fallen asleep to make sure she was completely zonked. Even so we had many many transfer failures - I remember the dread feeling when it was time to try again!

cambezola Mon 18-Mar-13 14:18:43

Ive heard a lot of people saying about tilting the mattress, will give that a go. I'm thinking of getting the nct bednest- seems like a safe compromise...

Thanks for the advice, I know everyone says it gets easier but it really is so hard- nothing prepares you for it!

noblegiraffe Mon 18-Mar-13 14:30:22

The NCT bednest isn't that much bigger than a Moses basket. I've hired one through the NCT website, and it's a six month rental but there's no way it's going to last my DD till she's six months.

cambezola Mon 18-Mar-13 17:05:11

Oh really? How old/big is she now? My little boy is pretty massive already...

noblegiraffe Mon 18-Mar-13 17:17:24

She's nearly 8 weeks, probably 9 and a half pounds so not big but she is very long, her toes are right at the end of her 0-3 sleepsuits. Her head is probably about three quarters of the way up the bednest now.

cambezola Tue 19-Mar-13 07:41:47

Oh crikey- Freddie was 9 pounds 7 at his 3 week weigh in last week! Maybe I need to rethink then...

noblegiraffe Tue 19-Mar-13 11:24:17

There were some other suggestions on this thread
Apparently you can buy full sized cots which can be used for co-sleeping, but we already have a cot so couldn't go down that route.

cambezola Thu 21-Mar-13 08:28:39

Thanks for that link noblegiraffe, it was really useful, got my eye on the john lewis troll now :-)

thehumanegg Thu 21-Mar-13 22:49:08

We've got a 85th ish centile girl (weight and height) and and bednest was good till about 6 months. Though tight at the end, it was more a problem with flailing limbs than length. It was good, though I think I'd get something a bit cheaper if I was to do it again (nicely made though). She slept well in it, it was easy to create a good sleep association with it I guess. If only I could transfer that association to the cotbed she's in now without climbing in there with her.

cambezola Sat 23-Mar-13 19:45:24

Weve gone for the troll, picking up tomorrow. Really hoping it will help!

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