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Overtired 6-weeker whoknowsx New York, 1185 posts
28th Nov '12

My baby is high-needs; there is no doubt about it.



He is easily bored, especially clingy, and has an inability to sleep in the daytime. He maybe takes 30minute naps, twice a day. On a good day he may take one 30minute nap, and one two hour nap. By night time he is overtired and it takes over an hour to get him down to sleep. He falls asleep between 11p and midnight.



Yesterday he took only one 30minute nap. Neitherless to say, by 8:30 he was so exhausted that he screamed and screamed for two hours. We tried everything to get him to sleep: let him nurse (usually works), put him in the swing, white noise, swaddling, rocking and gripe water. But clearly it was a lost cause.



I know 6 weeks is too early to try to implement a schedule for a baby but what can we do to make sure he takes more naps and/or go to bed earlier.



I felt terrible that DS was so upset and there was nothing I could do to help him.



TIA

wannaknow 2 kids; California 475 posts
28th Nov '12

try making a bedtime routine. Like a bath and nursing and sit quietly with him in the dark and rock him before bed. Does he have colic? When my son was little, he did a lot of screaming, and the only thing that really worked was Nutramagen formula. It was the difference between night and day.

buddhababy 1 child; Spain 378 posts
28th Nov '12

Not to keep posting the same thing on your threads but I don't think 6 weeks is too early to start with a schedule. You can't expect it to get followed every day in exactly the same way but my son was a wild card between 6-9 weeks until we did and he eventually started catching on. Others will disagree, but it can't hurt. Babies need sleep to develop their brains, and you need sleep so you don't go crazy.

whoknowsx New York, 1185 posts
28th Nov '12
Quoting wannaknow:" try making a bedtime routine. Like a bath and nursing and sit quietly with him in the dark and rock him ... [snip!] ... a lot of screaming, and the only thing that really worked was Nutramagen formula. It was the difference between night and day."


No he doesnt have colic. He usually is consolable. He has never cried for 3 hours a day... no less 3 days a week for three weeks. He also is breast fed.



Forgot to try the bath yesterday! That could've made the world of difference.

whoknowsx New York, 1185 posts
28th Nov '12
Quoting buddhababy:" Not to keep posting the same thing on your threads but I don't think 6 weeks is too early to start with ... [snip!] ... Others will disagree, but it can't hurt. Babies need sleep to develop their brains, and you need sleep so you don't go crazy."


Hahah I feel like I keep posting the same threads over and over... I'm just trying to figure my DS and motherhood out LOL.



I definitely think I will try to start a (flexible) schedule! But how do I get him to nap if he refuses?

Ꭶwan♥Nemo 1 child; Kansas City, Missouri 7416 posts
28th Nov '12

i dont think 6 weeks is too early for a schedule. i had to put nemo on one because I had to go to work and he had to start daycare. Have you tried giving a night time bath and a baby massage?

user banned Vancouver, British Columbia 5643 posts
28th Nov '12

Believe it or not but the only thing that stops my LO from screaming is the main Star Wars theme song. I never watched it when I was pregnant or anything but my MIL saw a YouTube video of it working. I was desperate so I tried it and it worked. He stopped screaming and passed right out. Maybe that will help with the screaming fit?

Tara Kathryn Burleson Due January 15 (girl); 2 kids; Greenville, Missouri 13 posts
28th Nov '12

One of my friends would take there baby and see on the washer or the dryer. The vibration would help. Also some doctors will say to take them on a car ride. I hope this helps.

buddhababy 1 child; Spain 378 posts
28th Nov '12
Quoting whoknowsx:" Hahah I feel like I keep posting the same threads over and over... I'm just trying to figure my DS and ... [snip!] ... motherhood out LOL. I definitely think I will try to start a (flexible) schedule! But how do I get him to nap if he refuses?"


Yeah, it's probably sort of a life-long process lol but those first few months are especially hectic. As far as how to get him to nap, just be consistent and persistent. Pick a place for him to sleep (even if that's with you) and bring him there. He might cry and fuss for a while and it might not work and that's okay but then try the same thing again later, over and over. The book Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Weissbluth really helped me to understand how infant sleep works and their patterns. I'd recommend that, if you're interested in learning more about sleep.

whoknowsx New York, 1185 posts
28th Nov '12
Quoting Ꭶwan♥Nem
whoknowsx New York, 1185 posts
28th Nov '12
Quoting 1st1ontheway:" Believe it or not but the only thing that stops my LO from screaming is the main Star Wars theme song. ... [snip!] ... desperate so I tried it and it worked. He stopped screaming and passed right out. Maybe that will help with the screaming fit?"


Hhaha I will try ANYTHING.

whoknowsx New York, 1185 posts
28th Nov '12
Quoting Tara Kathryn Burleson:" One of my friends would take there baby and see on the washer or the dryer. The vibration would help. Also some doctors will say to take them on a car ride. I hope this helps."


Sadly I live in NYC so... no washer/drying in the apartment and no car lol but thanks!

whoknowsx New York, 1185 posts
28th Nov '12
Quoting buddhababy:" Yeah, it's probably sort of a life-long process lol but those first few months are especially hectic. ... [snip!] ... to understand how infant sleep works and their patterns. I'd recommend that, if you're interested in learning more about sleep."


I actually just purchased that book yesterday so I'll try to find time to read it! I read the other book you recommended and I loved it and felt so much better.



Thanks for all of your help. You have been priceless!

Ꭶwan♥Nemo 1 child; Kansas City, Missouri 7416 posts
28th Nov '12
Quoting whoknowsx:" He always refuses the massage but the bath calms him down somewhat.. until he gets out and then he gets ... [snip!] ... and then is rocked he falls asleep but the bath itself doesnt do too much. Did nemo nap in the day? how did you manage that."


no he never really napped. He'd sleep maybe for a hour one or twice a day. Rest of the time he was up being nosy. He for sure doesnt nap at all now. One 20 minute nap is all I can get out of him and that ONLY if we are in the car.



When he wasnt gigantic, I wore him in my baby sling thing. Actually that wearing him in his sling put him right to sleep as long as he was on me.

whoknowsx New York, 1185 posts
28th Nov '12
Quoting Ꭶwan♥Nem