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Baby fighting sleep
« on: April 21, 2017, 09:56:13 am »
Hi.
My 2.5 week hard seems to be getting harder & harder to settle. He used to settle quickly on our chest & is now fighting sleep. It can sometimes take 2 hours to settle him.

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Re: Baby fighting sleep
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2017, 23:25:38 pm »
Is anyone trying to get their 2-3 week old to self settle or is it too soon for this?

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Re: Baby fighting sleep
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2017, 06:59:01 am »
Congratulations on your new arrival!

I started encouraging self soothing at 4 weeks, but my LO would have none of it and really put up a fight. I didn't properly start shush patting until around 2.5 months. You really need to decide what you are comfortable with and it may also depend on your baby's temperament. Some start self soothing easily and quickly, others take a bit more time.

In the early days, I held my LO until she was in deep sleep (cuddled her for 20mins and put her down). She would then sleep for a good length of time and wake to be fed. This was lovely back then and avoided a lot of tears.



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Re: Baby fighting sleep
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2017, 15:31:20 pm »
Hi, have you tried a sling? Does he show any signs of having reflux maybe?

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Re: Baby fighting sleep
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2017, 20:07:36 pm »
Is there anywhere he settles well, car or pram maybe?
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Re: Baby fighting sleep
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2017, 03:25:27 am »
Hi
Thx for your replies. I don't think he has reflux but really fights sleep. I try to get him down after 45-60 min of being awake but to no avail. Last nap I finally got him to sleep in his bassinet after 90 min! Even car/ pram don't send him off 😫

Also what do you do if they wake around an hour earlier than your start the day time? Do you feed them top up?

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Re: Baby fighting sleep
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2017, 19:39:10 pm »
Also what do you do if they wake around an hour earlier than your start the day time? Do you feed them top up?
Given how tiny your LO is I'd feed and put back down if he will settle quickly, or just start the day.  A consistent WU time doesn't (in my experience) really come until a bit later on. 
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Re: Baby fighting sleep
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2017, 21:55:52 pm »
Thank you 😊

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Re: Baby fighting sleep
« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2017, 04:15:29 am »
Does very light sleeping with dummy needed every 5-10 min count as napping? It seems this is all I'm getting with my LO today 😫

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Re: Baby fighting sleep
« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2017, 06:43:59 am »
Back to no naps again today 😢
Even on my chest he wakes up 5 min after dummy falls out. Have spent all day popping dummy in. He then spits it out like he doesn't want it then cries for it. No naps all day now😢
He doesn't like the sling either. Any advice would be great!

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Re: Baby fighting sleep
« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2017, 10:03:10 am »
(((Hugs)))), just try to hang in there, newborns can be really hard work.  Are there any signs of discomfort at all, or is he just finding it hard to settle off?  Is there anywhere he does sleep well - pram perhaps?  And what kind of sling do you have?  May be worth popping along to a sling library to try a few others as there are such a variety and it may be that a different style would really suit :)
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Re: Baby fighting sleep
« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2017, 22:23:59 pm »
Thanks Jessmum
I don't think he's uncomfortable, not squirming too much. Just wont stay asleep. Finally managed to get him to sleep on my chest, still with alot of dummy popping. The child health nurse said it may be due to a wonder week, so will be emotional, not physical need. Thankfully he slept really well last night. I have tried the moby sling & after initial protest, he seemed to settle ok in it.

Thanks for replying and hope you have a great weekend

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Re: Baby fighting sleep
« Reply #12 on: May 18, 2017, 03:18:44 am »
Hi again
I have managed to get my LO into a sly& it's great to have hands free! Should I be concerned that he gets used to sleeping on me?

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Re: Baby fighting sleep
« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2017, 08:30:07 am »
I wouldn't worry too much in the early weeks, I don't personally feel props come into play so much until closer to 3/4 months. But keep the end goal in mind and perhaps try for one nap a day in the crib for now, then build it up as he gets easier to settle x
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Re: Baby fighting sleep
« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2017, 21:39:24 pm »
Thanks. Will be trying that 😊