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My baby won't sleep during the day

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Nikki2ol6 Sat 11-Feb-17 14:57:55

My baby is 1 month old and will not sleep during the day, I rock him to sleep and he falls asleep and I put him down and within 10 minuets he's crying again so I rock him he falls back asleep and same again... I can't get anything done, Iv tried putting him in his bouncy chair and swing to fall asleep but he won't he will only fall asleep in my arms. What can I do? Why might he be so unsettled?

lightcola Sat 11-Feb-17 15:02:10

Because he likes to be held, just like the majority of babies. Have you got a sling? That's how I get stuff done (and by stuff I mean bare minimum). Or you could get friends and family round to hold the baby whilst you get some chores done. It can be tough but it's not forever.

hunans Sat 11-Feb-17 15:04:18

He's one month old. He wants to be held.

It will pass.

Try a sling or sleepyhead in the mean time.

RPC3110 Sat 11-Feb-17 15:14:27

Get a sling there amazing. After my son had his 8wk injections he became horribly clingy for a week or two and the sling came in so handy during the day when I needed to clean and tidy because every time I put him down he'd cry for me to pick him up. Some babies are naturally clingy to their parents, my son won't always go sleep of a night on his own in his crib unless he's really tired or he's been rocked and held until he's out for the count. it is getting easier though now at three months.

Is your son sleeping a lot at night?
Have you tried white noise?
On a warm day put him in his pram outside and see if that works or take him a walk round the block to get him to sleep if motion helps him fall asleep

Nikki2ol6 Sat 11-Feb-17 15:23:41

He's only been home for a few nights so it's all new to me but yea he sleeps much better at night so Iv tried putting him in his basket in the bedroom for a nap during the day but he wakes very soon after wards.

teaandbiscuitsforme Sat 11-Feb-17 15:58:17

Google 'fourth trimester', get a sling and give up on putting him down for naps.

He's one month, he's tiny!

Heirhelp Sat 11-Feb-17 16:02:14

He luuuves you and is scared of this confusing world. Cuddle him or get a sling,

FATEdestiny Sat 11-Feb-17 16:23:48

He does sleep, just he doesn't like being transferred from one place to another.

So you've three options:

- just let him stay asleep in your arms and dont try to move him so he sleeps for longer

- swaddle him. Swaddles dull-down reflexes and give baby that tight feeling like when being held. Swaddles can help to transfer a sleeping baby.

- her him to go to sleep where he'll stay asleep. Pushchair or bouncy chair help with this. Along with other sleep aids like a dummy plus a full tummy.

Chlandy Tue 14-Feb-17 16:08:32

My son is 3 months old and this is still my situation 😭 he sleeps 11-6 on a night in chicco next2me crib but during the day he will only sleep in my arms and pings wide awake if I put him down... Try put him down sleepy he just screams 😔

Heirhelp Tue 14-Feb-17 16:19:38

My 9 month old is like this again. Humans are just animals. In the animal world Mum's cuddle their babies to sleep.

DontAskIDontKnow Tue 14-Feb-17 16:27:52

Mine were like that. I was very confused for a while.

You have a sensible baby. It's only recently and in the developed world that it is safe to put babies down. They used to always be carried by someone.

Quodlibet Tue 14-Feb-17 20:18:17

Mine had to have all naps in the sling til 5/6m. A lot of the time he woke up if we stopped moving so you couldn't even sit down and get on with something! Suddenly now at 6m he's perfectly happy to sleep in the buggy. I CBA battling to try to get him to sleep in his cot during the day, it would tie me to the house and life is too short.

littledinaco Tue 14-Feb-17 20:20:48

www.google.co.uk/amp/s/sarahockwell-smith.com/2012/11/04/the-fourth-trimester-aka-why-your-newborn-baby-is-only-happy-in-your-arms/amp/?client=safari

CatsCantFlyFast Tue 14-Feb-17 20:25:14

It's a big adjustment to learn you pretty much can't get anything done with a newborn for a long time. If you get a shower you're doing well.

I used to aim to do stuff while she was awake after feeding - lie her down on something in the room I was in and give myself ten mins - so I would quickly make lunch/load the dishwasher/prep dinner/shower (one of those things). Then back to playing/feeding/getting her to sleep. If she slept in the sling that was a bonus but I never counted on it. If you get help at the weekends use the time to look after yourself/recouperate/do some cleaning if it's driving you mad, prep meals for the week, but otherwise let your standards slip. Everybody says it but it is so true, they are tiny for such a short time so don't waste it trying to do cleaning/housework. Cuddle them, sniff them, enjoy them and the rest can wait.

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