Fussy time, same time every night?

Tina - posted on 02/15/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Hi,

My little girl is going on 7 weeks old and she has recently (last 4 or 5 days) started a "fussy time" between 7 and 8pm every night. She is a good baby and rarely cries, but during this time she cries uncontrollably and there's nothing I can do to consol her. She pretty much cries herslef to sleep.

I know she is colic and has lots of cramps, but she is receiving acupunctor to help with this. Ever since her first appointment last week she seems to be feeling a lot better. I'm wondering if her fussy time has anything to do with acid reflex? She is a breastfed baby and during her fussy time is during one of her feeding where she eats for a minute then starts crying and continues to try eating and cries again. But she doesn't cry during any other feeding. So is there such a thing as a fussy time and if so, how long does that last for. Any tips on how I could possibly console her?

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Janet - posted on 02/15/2010

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My middle child had what we called a witching hour. LOL nothing else to call it. You could put your watch to it, at 9pm till 11pm he was extremely grouchy. Nothing would make him happy except for the bath tub! He did this from around the age of 3 months till he was about 7 months. I just made sure that we would be at home, and then it was less stressful for both my husband and I and also for him!

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Jessica - posted on 02/25/2010

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I was waking my little guy up for feedings because the health nurses wre pushing it, but my docter said let him sleep he will wake up if he is hungry. Know at 8 weeks we have a routine going, every second nite is a bath around 730pm then he goes to sleep up to 5 hours. On non bath nites is asleep by 8pm. I found also i needed to limit the people in the house for the evening, we turn the lights down low keep the tv volume down and he automatically starts to relax.

Jamie - posted on 02/25/2010

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I never wake or woke up my kids. there little bodies need the sleep, at different ages as they go through growth spurts, they will sleep one night longer than the other. my son is 2 yrs, and he goes to bed at 8pm, but sometimes he'll go to bed at 5 or 6 and sleep til 7 or 8 the next morning. you do what you feel is right for you baby. hope this helped.

Shalaina - posted on 02/23/2010

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I wake my son up. He still enjoys his bath and then after he eats he is content to sleep the night through. If not, he would wake up at some weird hour in the morning and that is not fun!

Tina - posted on 02/23/2010

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OK so the fussy time has passed. Now my question is how do you get a baby in a routine? I thought you were never suppose to wake up a sleeping baby, so I have been letting her sleep when she sleeps. Las night she slept from 5pm to 11:30pm and I actually woke her up because I knew she needed to be changed and eat. I would love to have a routine (as people has suggested) that at 7 or so give her a bath and then eat then bedtime. But what if she is sleeping at 7? Do I wake her? Any imput would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Yea I agrre with the others; this is normal; and my bub did the same thing about that age; it would be hard if we had people round for tea cos she would get so grouchy; I think it was because I was keeping her up too late; there was a few things i changed, which of them helped im not sure but a few ideas... I made bath a bed time thing, and read somewhere that 8.30 was late enough for bed time, so I made bath time between 6-7pm, that way they get nice and tired and hungry, go to a dark, quiet room to feed straight after the bath, maybe play some soothing music; and hopefully an earlier night will prevent those grouchy times; but then again, I think she may have just grown out of it, she is three months now and enjoys her bed time routine; best of luck!

Shalaina - posted on 02/15/2010

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That is completely normal! It seems everyone that I have talked to had the same hours ranging in between 6-8 o'clock. What was recommended is the 5 S's. Swaddle and Swing worked great for us.
Good luck!

Tina - posted on 02/15/2010

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Thanks for all the good feedback. Tonight her "fussy time" was actually a bit earlier at 6:30pm. It's always during/end of a feeding. So tonight I was home alone so I turned off the tv, turned on her little seahorse toy that plays music on and kept her on the breast and she finally calmed down enough to finish eating and fell fast asleep. :) Hopefully I can do that every night. I'll just have to go to a quiet room. I think she really just wants quiet time and good old snuggling. Hopefully I figured it out, but if not, I will def try all the feedback. :) It's a continuous learning process... :)

Debbie - posted on 02/15/2010

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When my daughter was 3 weeks old she started the same thing, crying uncontrolably at the same time of the night. She was not colic. She was tired!! I found swaddling her nice and tight and rocking her to sleep helped. It didnt take her long to learn that it was time to go to bed and for her to feel comfortable to fall asleep. By a proper swaddling blanket! Best investment I made.

Emma - posted on 02/15/2010

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Babies with colic tend to outgrow it by 3 months. But that doesn't mean fussy time goes away. My son gets fussy around 6pm, he's almost 8 months, I just put him in the bath and that soothes him right away. If it is colic you can try some gas drops or gripe water during the day after a feeding and that will help reduce the gas they get and will help with any colic she might be having. If she's getting fussy every night you can even try giving her some gripe water around 6:30pm and see if that makes any difference. For my son, walking around helped him tremendously, you can get a carrier which will make it easier on you.

Chrisitina - posted on 02/15/2010

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My son in 5.5 months and seems to have a few fussy times. I have found him to be extra fussy in the evenings and have had a better time with him by making sure he is in bed by 8pm the latest. His newest thing is being fussy in the morning before his morning nap. He is usually good if I walk with him and if I put him in a carrier like a moby wrap or the baby bjorn.

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