6 week old fussing not sleeping well

Amanda - posted on 06/02/2011 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My baby just turned 6 weeks old for the past couple of days he's not wanting to sleep unless he's laying on top of me. He will usually wake himself up as soon as we lay him down. If we do manage to get him to sleep on his own he often grunts groans and is generally not seeming to get quality sleep. We do have a halo sleepsack that we use to try to swaddle him up but he often moves around so much that he gets his arms free then wakes up because of that. I just don't know how to help him sleep better.

He eats about 5oz every 3 hours so I don't think he's still hungry. He's so tired that often if I pick him up he will fall back asleep with in a few mins. I have to go back to work tomorrow and I'm worried about the amount of sleep he's getting.

This is my first baby so I still feel pretty clueless about what he wants/needs a lot of the time. I'm slowly learning but I worry about pretty much everything. He does not cry a ton just fusses and whines a lot but actual screaming is pretty rare.

Any advice or is anybody else having this issue?

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Eman Helmy - posted on 06/12/2011

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my son just turned 2 months on the 7th.. he is crying allllll the time seriously!! any help?? he is breastfed not formula fed, he spits and vomits alot!

Anita - posted on 06/07/2011

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My daughter just turned 6 weeks and she does the same thing . She is my second child. My first was the complete opposite. I feel like I have to disregard what everyone tells me & go with my gut on this one though. My gut on this one is to pick my battle: get some sleep with her on my chest or no sleep trying to put her in her basenett. I choose to get some sleep and trust that this phase will pass

Amanda - posted on 06/12/2011

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Well my son is finally not acting as fussy he just likes to be attached to me or my husband. He does still eat a lot and he hates to be set down lol I think I'm going to have to invest in a carrier so I can get stuff done easier. His sleeping is still terrible though. Sounds like your son has reflux if he's spitting up and vomiting. It can be really painful for babies I'd call the doctor if I were you and see if he needs something to help him.

Jennifer - posted on 06/08/2011

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My son is six weeks old and I have a similar problem. An aunt of mine gave me some advice which has helped quite a bit: he sleeps in a bassinet/ cradle and I tried tilting it slightly. When he sleeps so comfortably in my arms his head is usually higher than his body and he loves falling asleep on my shoulder, so perhaps he just finds this more comfortable. Either way, tilting the cradle slightly has really helped.

Jessica - posted on 08/18/2011

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wow back to work already?? try gripe water before his feeding and after, and see if it helps his gassyness, thats what it sounds like. gripe water won't hurt him. and babies are suppose to move around when they sleep, they don't just lay there the whole time. is he sleeping in your room? move the crib away from the bed as much as possible and sleep with your back to him and try to sleep. mine moves all the time.. and its annoying cause i can't sleep thinking he's awake but ya learn.

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Jessica - posted on 08/18/2011

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the docs don't know, they are guessing, it doesn't hurt to switch formula, especially if it works.

Renee Kai - posted on 08/15/2011

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Gripe water works very well and is homeopathic, so are the Humphrey's teething pellets. I give both to my daughter and the teething pellets work for colic as well. It helps calm them and their tummies and they sleep great! Also if my baby will not settle or keeps jumping or twitching in her sleep so much that it wakes her up, I swaddle her super tight with a receiving blanket. Keeps her snug as a bug and happy! Try putting a clock (one that ticks) next to him while he is sleeping or a radio on low with just static! I wouldn't jump to changing your formula right off the bat! Good luck and hope this helps!

Lily - posted on 07/05/2011

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A fussy baby is just wanting your love and attention. Perhaps he is going through a stage where he just feels a bit more separated than normal, I would ask a pediatrician however about his behavior- good luck!

Jessica - posted on 06/09/2011

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I had the same problem with my daughter whom is 7 weeks old now she was fussing at around 6 weeks and wanted lots of cuddles etc supposebly tis a period they go through but my suggestions to you are to buy him a sleeping bag :) best things ever and let him fall asleep on a blanker on the bed with you tahts soft :) also try a dummy coz that helps sooth them and put some mittens on his hand so he cant pull it out :) works a treat she sleeps from 10:00 till around 6am

Elizabeth - posted on 06/07/2011

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everyone is giving you great suggestions...they do have formulas for gassy babies. might want to research those. have you tried Mylicon?? keeping him upright 30 minutes after each feeding, burping every 2 oz.? sorry for the horrible typing, i'm nursing and typing. when my daughter was about 2 wks, they told us she had reflux. she takes Zantac 2x daily....even an old mom can learn new tricks:) The grunting while sleeping is pretty normal. i've spent plenty of nights with each one of my kids on my chest...don't worry too much:) just enjoy, sounds like your doing a great job.

Amanda - posted on 06/05/2011

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The best thing for gas is Gripe Water! My youngest son will be 6 weeks on Tuesday. What I do is I have a newborn blanket rolled up for the front of him and one for the back of him. I have a blanket on my chest, then lay him on me after he has been fed and changed, wrap the blanket around his back. When he falls asleep, I lay him in the bassinet and lay another blanket on him. He usually sleeps ab 3 hours like that. Also u can try taking a warm blanket out of the dryer and lay on top of the baby. It helped with him a couple of weeks ago.

Tammy - posted on 06/03/2011

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Logan wasn;t spitting up at all, just would scream and ache of tummy gas..We went to Nestle Goodstart Alsoy but when I checked with the pharmacist she said they were all the same. So glad I done it...totally different baby, but have found he does spit up with the soya formula and he burps soo much better and more now..Switching formulas i was told doesn;t hurt them..Logan weighed 7lbs 1oz at birth two months ago and has continued to gain through the whole thing. We had him on 5 different formulas prior to soya..happier baby and a happy mommy..
good luck!!

Amanda - posted on 06/03/2011

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Which soy formula are you using? My doc says he does not think it's the formula but I don't know. He does not spit up a lot and I hate to switch formula on him but if it makes him sleep better and be more content it seems like it would be a good think. I just worry it might make him worse.

Tammy - posted on 06/03/2011

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Just had the exact same problem with our son which just turned 2 months on the 1st. He had been like that for over a month..Had tried several formulas including the enfamil for gas and fussiness which helped for a week then was back to the same way he was.. dr suggested a soya formula which we did and he has taken three days of it and all I can say his i have a totally different baby now...completely happy, content and sleeping well....well worth the try...Our doctor said it usually is a digestive issue with the protiens in milk based formulas and they usually adjust after 3 months when their digestive system is established fully..I now call it the wonder formula...

Tina - posted on 06/02/2011

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My first thing to you is congrats to you and your family.

Second there is a few things that could be his problem. These were some of mine and just takes time to figure them out. Maybe gassy, rub his belly and push his knees up to his belly.
Maybe to warm or cold, I put my kiddos in a thin sleeper and put a light blanket on them. (my kids are hot sleepers.) My guess is that yours is a warm sleeper too and feels the temp change when you move him away from you kinda like cold sweats.
He maybe over full and uncomfortable. You could try feeding him a little less by a half an oz or so and see if that helps.
I will say that babies do grunt and squrim when they sleep.( the saying sleep like a baby is so untrue)
I also do not pick my baby up right away if she wakes when I lay her down. It helps them to learn to calm them selves down and fall back asleep on their own. I don't let them cry (I mean Cry not whimper) forever a few minutes or so and then I rub the belly, face, head just touch them in general. if that does not work I pick them up calm them down and try again to lay them down when drowsy, and not all the way asleep.
If you are formula feeding I would try changing formula it may take up to 2 weeks for a full change in how he is acting. If you are breast feeding/pumping make a journal of what you are eating and moods with the foods.
If he falls asleep while on your shoulder in an upright position, and then wakes when you put him down, or if he spits up a lot after he eats and then gets fussy when you lay him down maybe acid reflux. (check with your doctor)

My last thing that I have nothing for is your baby just may like to cuddle with you. It maybe the place that he feels most comfortable
These were just a few of the things that I went threw with my 3 kiddos I hope that helps I feel your pain if you are not sleeping well either. I have a 9 week old 4yr, and 8yr old. Welcome to Parenthood enjoy the ride.

Amanda - posted on 06/02/2011

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Formula fed. I use regular enfamil been thinking about switching, but the doc says he does not think it's the formula. He dose seem to pass a lot of gas but he does not really act like that is bothering him.

Cheyenne - posted on 06/02/2011

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sorry i didnt mean how old is your baby, i meant is he brestfed or formula fed

Cheyenne - posted on 06/02/2011

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how old is your baby? my son was fussy and spitting up all the time. we had him on regular enfamil but we swtched to enfamil gentle ease. after about 3 days he wasnt as fussy or spitting up anymore.

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