Post # 1
my DS is 5 weeks today and starting about 10 days ago he became this cranky little guy. During the day he only wants to be held and will wake himself up as soon as I put him down. He hates to be swaddled! He sleeps fine at night- but the days are rough. I gave him a pacifier which soothes him, but he has trouble holding it in his mouth and will cry if he spits it out.
He loves looking around and if you sit him up while holding he is happy and seems to be taking everything in.
Any advice? Do I need to hold him all day?? Help!!
Post # 2
Could you baby wear? Some babies just want to be held. Fourth trimester and all that jazz.
Do you have a rock n play you could try for naps?
Post # 3
Westwood : I was thinking of wearing him. Yes we just got rock and play- yesterday it didn’t work for nap but I will keep trying. I keep reminding myself he is still little and this isn’t going to last. Hopefully!
Post # 4
Download the Wonder Weeks app. Not every baby’s developmental leaps will match up perfectly with the dates, but it will give you a rough idea of what your baby is going through, and why he may be extra fussy some weeks!
My son is 8 weeks old, and so far it’s been helpful
Post # 5
Some of my friends swear by gripe water. It doesn’t seem too sciency but it could be worth a try. I hope he calms down soon!
Post # 6
Ugh! Around that age is when my baby became really difficult too. I wore her a lot! She would nap in the ergo as long as I kept moving, and that was the only way I could get her to nap. She’s almost 5 months and has figured out napping (sort of) so my advice is just do what you have to to survive! Now my baby still loves to be held and walked around so we wear her in a forward facing carrier and she just hangs out.
Post # 7
Ooh! I had one just like that! My eldest slept pretty well during the night but was very awake during the day and liked to be occupied.
I’d read the books about newborns sleeping and eating most of the time and would stare bleary eyed at her squirmy entertain-me self. Our mantra was a wishful “She must be tired!”.
She got better at entertaining herself with play gyms etc towards 3 months and would play happily with toys for ages once she could sit up. She wasn’t big on toddler naps either.
Baby wearing sounds like a good idea, otherwise just resign yourself to a messy house for a few months. I consoled myself with the idea that it might be because she was super bright, – which is doubtless bollocks, although she did end up pretty bright!
Post # 8
My son is 5 months old and still loves to be snuggled. My mil bought him a swing when he was about your baby’s age and he loved it (for about a month). Gripe water is helpful when they’re super miserable, I looked up what it actually is, basically sugar water. The video said babies can’t digest sugar yet so when it hits the liver, it in effect makes them mellow like being drunk. Don’t fully quote me on that, we’re in the midst of teething and I’m not 100% sure of my own name right now 😉
If baby still only sleeps when being held, turn on some Netflix or pop in a DVD 😊 Good luck!
Post # 9
I remember this age vividly. My guy followed the usual wisdom to a T: “standard infant fussiness starts around 2-3 weeks, peaks at 6 weeks, and disappears by 3-4 months.” Just know that what you are going through is totally normal, developmentally appropriate, and temporary.
I wore him a lot. I had a rock n play (and later got a swing) for when I really needed to put him down but I tried hard not to rely on either of those things. I spent hours and hours bouncing him on an exercise ball to soothe him. He cried a bunch, I cried a bunch. It is an exhausting age but it’s over soon. And in the meantime,
Cleaning and scrubbing can wait til tomorrow
For babies grow up, we’ve learned to our sorrow
So settle down cobwebs and dust go to sleep
I’m rocking my baby, and babies don’t keep.
Post # 10
- Wedding: June 2014 - DD born 2015 DS born 2017
My daughter is 16 months old now and independent but she needed to be held pretty much all day by only Mummy until she started sitting just before 6 months. It’s hard but babywearing helped a lot! I binged on so many shows, it was probably crap at the time but I have a lot of fond memories of her sleeping on me (couldn’t put her down or she’d wake screaming) while I watched lots of shows 😀 The house was a mess and I often couldn’t finish cooking but again, fond memories of snuggles are what I’m left with <3
Another recommendations for the Wonder Weeks app too 🙂
Post # 11
Thanks everyone!! Baby wearing seems to be the way to go. Now I just Need to work on figuring out how to get him on me without help!
Post # 12
- Wedding: County courthouse
My kids both had colic when they were babies. I switched their dairy based formula to soy and all of the fuss went away. Also my family swears by chamomile tea. It helped my kids and soothed their stomach.
Post # 13
mrsm42712 : This isn’t helpful but welcome to parenthood. Months later (almost a year now) mine is still like this. Not what you want to hear but know you are not alone. Babywearing and daycare helps.
Post # 14
- Wedding: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception/The Gallery
mrsm42712 : It’s not cheap, but you can definitely manage this one without help!
NuRoo Shirt http://nuroobaby.com/carrier/
Lalabu Soothe Shirt https://www.lalabu.com/soothe-shirt/
Post # 15
Could it be a growth spurt – hunger? My DS had a huge growth spurt around that time and I was nursing him about once every hour / hour and a half..