SLEEP => Naps => Topic started by: Chloevalentine on August 02, 2016, 20:32:42 pm

Title: Naps for 3 week old
Post by: Chloevalentine on August 02, 2016, 20:32:42 pm
Help its  almost impossible to get my newborn down for naps with a three-year-old. I have an overtired and cranky baby who cannot sleep because he's overtired I thik. I try just letting him nap in my arms or in a bassinet or in a swing nothing works my toddler just keep disturbing him
Title: Re: Naps for 3 week old
Post by: Haribo2012 on August 02, 2016, 20:39:34 pm
Loud white noise, of put him in a sling and go out!?
Title: Re: Naps for 3 week old
Post by: Chloevalentine on August 02, 2016, 21:01:50 pm
He just goes into every room I try to put baby to sleep in. I do have the carrier but where am I to go ? Plus I'm still recovering from c section and he's a 12 lb baby so it's still not very comfortable. I'm going to lose my mind. I can't get the baby to sleep and  just getting more stressed and my 3 year old is just crying louder and getting more rambunctious !
Title: Re: Naps for 3 week old
Post by: Haribo2012 on August 02, 2016, 21:20:42 pm
Will 3 year old watch tv?? I know people from upon iPad use but can you set him some games up on the tablet?

My DS1 has learnt he needs to quieten down when DS2 is napping. I'm sure your 3 yr old will calm down.

If you can manage a walk with baby in sling and 3 year old in the park?
Title: Re: Naps for 3 week old
Post by: Chloevalentine on August 03, 2016, 00:14:24 am
Yes im trying the tv and iPad guess it will just take some time. I will def try the park when I'm up for it   
In the meantime I have a baby who's napping maybe 4 hours total and he's exhausted and cranky by bedtime and he doesn't eat well falls asleep during feedings and is waking every 2 hours ugh!
Title: Re: Naps for 3 week old
Post by: lolsyb1982 on August 03, 2016, 05:21:14 am
We've relied on tv/tablet quite a bit since dd2 has been born. They do learn eventually to be quieter when the baby is asleep. If you could just keep him occupied for 10 mins or so it should give you time to get the baby asleep in a room away from where the older one is playing.
The baby will also probably get used to noise over time. My Dd2 sleeps through far more noise than dd1 ever did.
Title: Re: Naps for 3 week old
Post by: Mandy.kamal on August 03, 2016, 09:51:18 am
I feel for you. We were just in that same position and got through it and know you will too!
I used very loud white noise as well and wore her in a wrap carrier 90% of the time for the first 3 months. She slept on and off all day while I wore her.

If tv or iPad aren't working, try 'busy bags.' I went to the dollar store and a few other places and gathered some items and made little bags for my older son. He got to pick one and play with it while I nursed or napped DD. Check out Pinterest for some good ideas on busy bags.

Once I realized that DS was acting that was because he wanted attention, I would make sure any free second I had was snuggling with him or special one on one time things settled. Sometimes they act that way to get your attention. Or just beucase they are loud 3 year olds ;)

Just wanted to send love your way and know it will settle. You're in the early, hard stage. Try and get family/friends over any chance you can. They can play with your older one or hold that baby in a quiet room while you play with your toddler. Xx
Title: Re: Naps for 3 week old
Post by: FPT23 on August 09, 2016, 05:48:43 am

I'm so sorry for the rough times. This beginning is most def very challenging and especially with another toddler in the house. I promise one thing; this will all pass and things will get better! I know I felt frustrated and above all exhausted in those first months. In time, DS1 learned as well to quiet down or stay where he needed to while I napped DS2.

I was never a fan of the iPad/tablet/phones... BUT, it was the only way he stayed put, safe, and occupied! For now, in these days- you do what you have to, to survive ;)

It's super overwhelming and extremely hard, I know. But it will get easier. This is just temporary, and next thing you, baby is 1. Right now I suggest you do anything you have to do to get baby to sleep. How about a simple car ride? Stroll to the park, or favorite store? Do you have a swing? I would use anything! I know I did!!!

I just went through those crazy days--- it gets better I promise. Keep us posted and I hope you find the peace you need soon. It's not easy! Venting away always helps and many moms here willing to be here! Me included!

Xo positive vibes your way!