My baby girl is 2 weeks old. She doesn't settle after her night time feed- what can I do?

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Erin - posted on 10/07/2009

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Is it that she has a build up of wind/colic? Sometimes when you think you have burped them enough, it might not be enough. A bottle straight before bed could be causing her discomfort and making her unsettled. Or in my situation, it was the formula I had my boy on that was making him upset or unsettled. I changed formula. One of the other ladies mentioned giving a bottle then a bath and then bed. This is what I do and it works really well. The bath relaxes bub and he goes straight to sleep. Plus it gives them the chance to get out any extra wind they may have built up before going to bed. Your lil one is only 2 weeks old and so she will be a bit unsettled until she gets into a good routine and discovers night from day. Every baby is different and so you just need to try new things until you find a solution. Good luck. Oh and my lil boy suffered from really bad colic. I get this colic relieve syrup from the chemist and give it to him before every feed. Its great.

Mylene - posted on 10/07/2009

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My baby girl is a month old and I find that if i keep the lights low, have a soft background noise (tv turned low or music or even me singing) and don't have too much interaction(reduce eye contact, don't speak too much or speak very softly) with her she will settle down on her own during night feedings. During the day, I keep the lights up and interact with her a lot as she sometimes stays awake between feedings now. It has made things a bit easier as she will sleep for 3-4 hours between night feedings and I can rest too during the night. Hope this helps.

Christine - posted on 10/06/2009

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i tried my best to get my son on a schedule. bathtime, book, food. it worked pretty good. now if i cant get him to nap or something all i do is put him in the bath!

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Brandy - posted on 10/07/2009

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Sorry to say but you can't really schedule your newborn. My daughter thought that night was day and day was night until she was 3 months old. She would sleep throughout the day waking every 2 and a half hours to feed and then she would wake up around 7 pm and be wide awake until 3 am. I would try to keep the house quiet and most of the lights off the whole time then as soon as morning came, make sure I turned the lights on, opened the blinds and turned the radio or tv on and it still took 3 months for her to come around. Try to come up with a night time routine. Johnson's nighttime bath and lotion maybe. That seemed to help a bit for me. And maybe after the bath, sing her the same song every night then feed her and try to put her to sleep.

Laura - posted on 10/07/2009

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i had my daughter 4 weeks ago and the nurse at the hospital to me to nurse her and then give her a bath .... works like a charm she's even sleep threw the night.

Brittany - posted on 10/07/2009

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its takes time for babies to get into a routine for them to sleep through the night, becaue they were in your womb for so long they get their days mixed up they do not understand when it is night from when it is day and because they sleep so much its harder for babies to settle down. Eventually she will begin to settle down at night and you'll be able to rest more. My son didnt begin to settle after his night time feeding until just recently and he is only 2 months, so dont worry it will get better

Christine - posted on 10/07/2009

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Marianne,

I am going thru the same thing. My daughter is 7wks old and she sleeps really good during the day at night she has a hard time settling. We just set her down on the floor on the baby mat w/ toys hanging over her and she will usually wear out after an hour and a half. Before that I used to just rock her in the rocking chair. We also bought a swing but she doesn't care for it to much. But once in awhile it works. Hope this helps.

Marianne - posted on 10/07/2009

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My baby feeds about every 3-4 hours & normally goes straight to sleep during the day. At night we try and feed her @ 12 then 4 but when she gets fed about 4 she can be up for 2 hours- don't know what to do or if anyhing would help? She does have a chair that vibrates but I don't want her getting too used to it & my relying on it to get her to sleep. Any suggestions?

Amber - posted on 10/06/2009

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I know at that age my daughter was eating every 3 hours at night but if i had a hard time getting her to settle down after a feeding i put her in her swing and it soothed her.

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What time is her nighttime feed? At that age my daughter was nursing about every 2 hours all day AND all night. I didn't really get any sleep for the first five weeks. Don't expect her to start going down at a consistent time any time soon. I know it's tough, but you're pretty much at her mercy until she gets a little older. Hang in there!

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