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My 2 month old won’t sleep during the day. I’ve tried everything. Burped him, changed his diaper, fed him. The only way he falls asleep is if I am holding him, but when I put him down, waterworks start. This leads me to never getting anything done, and never having anytime with my 18 month old. What have other mothers done to get a little one to sleep?

Posted by meegy, 10th March 2014

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  • My son had very little amount of day time sleep as well. He loved to breastfeed but as soon as I unlatched him he would be awake. I just stopped trying on a certain moment and he would either be awake in the cot or on the play mat or in a play pen or in a baby rocker chair with soft music on the back ground. I also had him at times in the baby carrier whilst doing my chores

  • I had the same issue and I was going crazy. Ended up going to Tressilian what was a blessing. They are amazing! They helped making me feel confident to identify the cries and set a routine playing/feeding/sleeping.
    They advised to swaddle the baby, give a cuddle and put the baby in the bed.
    If you can have some relaxing music in the room.
    Show your baby that you are there, estimulate the baby close her eyes touching on her forehead down to her eyes very gentle.
    If your baby cries too much and get unsettle, take her/him out, give a cuddle and put her/him back again.

  • I had the same issue. I rock her to bed every night. Still am.:(

  • there are some good comments here

  • you might need to let him cry out after puttin him down make sure he knows your there but not pick him up

  • You are checking all the boxes so if you are comfortable in doing so then I would wrap bub tight and enforce a little bit of tough love. Stay with him and stroke him, but don’t pick him up.

  • My son used to be the same, but we found that swaddling really helped. As he got a bit bigger we went onto using grobags. Also lightly patting their bottom whilst trying to settle can help

  • try putting him in a pram to go to sleep and that way you don’t nee(d to transfer. (Keep an eye on him put I did this with both mine sometimes) Also put a blanket under him while holding him so when transferring him he won’t feel it as easily.

  • mine was the same, I have slowly achieved the impossible- I would lay her on our bed and have a sleep with her but also let her play with a stuffed eeyore teddy, give her a dummy. i also brushed his long ears over her face which calmed her down pretty fast. once shes asleep i left (sometimes if i was tired i stayed!) but kept eeyore there. people would say this is unsafe but i don’t give her eeyore at night only during the day as i keep on checking in on her. from a little powernapper that wouldn’t sleep unless in our arms or only 10 minutes in the rocker to 1 hour sometimes even 2 hours im quite happy. i do put pillows around her (out of reach) and we will have to change this once she finds she can move but when you don’t know what else to do!!

  • Maybe put him in a rocker or baby carrier so you can get things done

  • A lot of babies are like this. Try a Hug-A-Bub baby carrier, they work really well.

  • My little boy is 10weeks old and does the same thing. I have been using the pram to put him to sleep and it works.

  • my daughter was exactly like this when she was newborn till up about 6 months. She just grew out of it

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