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2 years ago

My baby won’t be put down!

First time Mum to my 4 week old baby girl. She is exclusively breastfed and will not tolerate a dummy. Her first week at home she slept at night in her moses basket. The past 3 week’s she will only settle at night when lying next to me or feeding on me until she falls into a deep sleep. I have to carry her around during the day in a sling, just to get things done around the house. If I try to put her down, she can appear in a deep sleep, and the minute I put her down, she wakes up instantly. I’ve tried patting her, placing my hand on her belly, stroking her face, all to get her back to sleep, she cries and cries until I pick her up, and then instantly stops crying. During the day I’ll feed her, she will begin to fall asleep, the minute I try to put her down after she drops off me feeding, she’s awake. Unless I carry her over my shoulder, walking around the living room with her, or sometimes in the sling, she will not sleep at all during the day, then she’s becoming irritable because she’s overtired. If anyone has any suggestions to what I can do to get her to sleep on her own day or night, I’d really appreciate it. Thank you all so much. x
My baby won’t be put down!

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2 years ago

She’s absolutely gorgeous 🥰 our baby girl was exactly the same. In the end I just had her nap on me, she got sleep and I got snuggles. If she had napped well during the day, she slept better at night. It’s tough at the time, I remember, but try to enjoy the snuggles, they don’t last forever ❤️❤️

2 years ago

Congratulations on your little one baby doesn’t even know she’s been born yet, she finds comfort in your smell and heartbeat as she’s been inside a lot longer then she’s been out, also is she’s on the boob a lot she may be cluster feeding to help with your supply, it doesn’t last forever, the nights are long but the years are short 💞

2 years ago

My son was the same. Hang in there momma, this can be hard to get through, but you will. I just adapted safe co sleeping habits and I used a swaddle. I tried different brands of swaddles until I found one he liked and I would rub it all over me to get my scent on it.

2 years ago

I would say this is totally normal. Look at the 4th trimester it really helps. If you imagine your baby has gone from being inside you warm and close to suddenly out in the world and she is just starting to awaken scary place and she just wants to feel safe and secure with you. Make the most of it as it will soon be over and she will be crawling all over the place.

2 years ago

My son is still a bit like this at 3 months. However he does now go down at nighttime on his own and is starting to for some naps in the day. In those early weeks I also gave in to the fact that he needed me close by and did bed sharing and the sling for all naps. But I also did practice lie downs in his crib and the sleepyhead (sleepyhead is really a winner for him) while he was awake and tried to make those places positive for him by talking and playing there for a while. When he cried just picking him up and try again later. In the beginning I literally couldnt put him down in his bouncy chair or play mat but now he will happily let me shower or eat my dinner! I think it takes them some time to come to it and you can gently encourage them to have more independence. When he is having a spurt he goes right back to needing me all the time and I dont want to deprive him of that incase it makes him insecure! Do what feels right for you and your baby! Good luck 😊 x

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