(Closed) Almost 3 month old sooo fussy

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
6824 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

First and foremost you are not a bad mom, it sounds like maybe your LO is colicly.  Have you spoken to your doctor at all?  Babies tend to like motion kinda like when they were in the womb. The rocking motion helps them soothe.  Have you tried a dark room with gentle music?  Or a quiet room?

My son is 5 months today and he fights his nap times/bed times but it seems like if I hold him a certain way or lay down with him he will fall asleep.

Post # 4
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

have you seen the DVD Happiest Baby on the Block? Highly highly recommend. his 5s work, try them exactly as he shows them, in the order he shows them. It sounds like you are doing all the right things, maybe this could help.  I am SO sorry you are going through this – some babies are just fussier than others, it isn’t your fault.  Also Weisbluth’s sleep book is super helpful – a fact based understanding for baby sleep although it might not have that magic bullet you are looking for.

ETA: my son also slept in a car seat for a few months (by rec of our peditrician) and needed a super strong swaddle, a pacifier, some gentle rocking.  we also used a white noise machine.  He would also sleep while in motion (stroller, or carrier), but like your child, would wake when we stopped. I did not want to get him used to sleeping in a swing, so we avoided that one.  It took a while for us to get him to sleep flat on his back in his crib, it was a huge victory when that happened!

Post # 5
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

You are definitely not a bad mom!  You’re doing a great job of singlehandedly taking care of a difficult situation.  Sometimes babies are mysterious little creatures, but it’s not a reflection on you.  Remember he’s an independent little person already, and cut yourself some slack.  🙂  You’re doing a good job!

My first thought is that you might make an appointment with his doctor to rule out any medical issues.  Things like colic, acid reflux, and even growth spurts can make babies really fussy and difficult to deal with.  Secondly, a lot of babies go through major sleep regressions around this age.  Three months is kind of a magic number in terms of development, and babies react to these big developmental changes by having diffiuclty sleeping, becoming more fussy, etc… 

If he’s sleeping well at night, I would try to recreate those circumstances during his day time naps.  There may be something that’s happening during the night that he’s not getting during the day.  You might also try experimenting with putting him down for a nap sooner/later than usual.  1-2 hours of awake time before a nap is pretty normal for 3 months, but some babies need more or less awake time.  Sometimes even a shift of 10-15 minutes makes a huge difference.  Lastly, have you ever used the Happiest Baby on the Block techniques with him?  I know it worked wonders with my daughter, especially when she would get overly tired and really worked up.

Post # 6
7693 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

You are not a bad mom.  Hang in there.  Get help if you need it to get yourself a break.  My daughter’s firstborn was tough the first 4 months.  Sometimes you really need a break.  Do you have family/friends around that could step in for an hour or two? 

Post # 8
868 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Our oldest daughter was fussy as an infant and let me tell you, the baby swing saved my sanity!  I’m thinking gas/colic sounds about the best seeing as it starts happening right after he has eaten!  I had friends of mine who had babies with bad reflux who had to be put on medications.  They eventually outgrew it though!

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