colic ,fussy baby or just normal?

Jennifer - posted on 04/26/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My daughter,Savoia is 2 months old today and is sleeping 9-11 hours through the night. Great right?! During the day she is fussy and doesn't sleep or has a very hard time sleeping. I thank my blessings for the full night of sleep and just say she is fussy. My in-laws say she has colic. I'm a second time mom of a child who did have colic and acid reflux. I hate that I'm made to feel that there is something wrong with my baby from my in-laws. Can anyone relate or have any input on this situation. We go for our 2 month check up on Tues and I will definately run this by the dr.,but I'm possitive he's going to tell me that she's fine and say "thank my lucky stars for a full nights sleep".Suggestions welcomed.

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J - posted on 04/29/2009

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1 out of 5 babies have colic, which is totally normal...nothing is wrong with Savoia... you should watch "the happiest baby on the block"...it shows you how to deal with fussy babies...and really works!

That's awesome with the 9-11 hours through the night. My daughter Janelle sleeps well during the night...sleeps around 9pm-10pm...wakes up around 12am or 1am for a feeding...diaper change.... then sleeps again til 4am...for a feeding...then around 8am she wakes up again and is up for most of the day....sometimes she gets VERY fussy...usually starting at 8pm...she skips once in a while thank goodness!

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Tanya - posted on 04/28/2009

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hi there.. my little boy is 2 1/2 months now and he was 4 weeks prem and he is sleeping threw the night... anything from 6-9 hours at a time and during the day he doesnt really sleep very much but he is feeding really well every 3-4 hours 4-5ozs at a time and has noooooo problems bringing his wind up... (i was really worring about him gettin colic and someone regconmented puttin gripe water in his bottles just 1 teaspoon full.. and it really works) he has just started tryin to fight goin to sleep but once he is gone he his soundo... but like nicoles baby my son didnt like quite the 1st couple of nights we were home (we were in hospital 4 nearly 2 weeks so he got use to noise..) so i put a radio in his room and he has only ever woke up once maybe twice from all the time we have been home.. i have found that he likes noise if i put the hoover on or my hairdryer when im getting ready he is staight back off to sleep...i also put a little musical mobile on his cot cause he seems very alert and i found that sometimes id go in to check on him and he was just lyin there wide awake lookin around... speak to the doc they no best but they say trust ur instist... u no best whats right 4 ur child!!!

Erin - posted on 04/27/2009

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I know it's terrible when you've got a difficult baby and you look around and you feel like nobody else does! My two step-sisters have also had babies recently, as well as 2 of my close friends, and my daughter was by far the hardest to deal with. I would get so upset when I'd compare them, thinking I must be doing something wrong for her to be mucking up so much. But now my little precious has turned a corner and is good most days (still wouldn't say 'easy' tho lol) while my friend's baby is now all over the place. Goes to show comparing babies will get you nowhere. Glad you feel some comfort though knowing there are other mums going through the same thing.

Jennifer - posted on 04/27/2009

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Thank you for the advice. I feel Sooo much better knowing that my baby isn't the only one doing this. I will definately use your suggestions.Thanks again.

Erin - posted on 04/27/2009

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My daughter's 11 weeks old and she was EXACTLY the same up until 2 weeks ago. She slept through the night from day one, which I realise makes me very lucky!! But through the day she was a nightmare. She would cry for hours sometimes and refused to sleep in her cot. The only way I could get her to sleep through the day was either by holding her, or in her bouncer with the vibrate on, and even then it would only be for 20 mins at a time. Not good. Of course everyone had their opinions, and while she was never diagnosed with colic by a doctor, her baby health nurse agrees that she did have it. She had trouble getting her wind up from the very beginning, and people said that was why she didn't like lying down on her back (a big sign of colic as I'm sure you would know). But I couldn't understand why she was like this during the day, but would then go down in her cot easily at night and sleep for 9-10 hours!?!?!

Then after consulting with the baby health nurse I decided I was going to spend a week sleep-training her for her day time naps. I thought it would be a nightmare as she's quite an intense baby, but it literally took 2 days of persistance and she now goes down in her cot AWAKE and puts herself to sleep. I DID NOT use CIO or Control Crying Method as she was only 9 weeks old and far too young. Instead I focused on teaching her to go off to sleep by herself, with me standing there over the cot to begin with. I paid attention to her tired signs and then wrapped her, darkened the room, and put her in her cot. At first she cried, so I 'ssshhhhh'ed and patted her til she settled, then left the room. If she had a little grizzle after that I'd give her a chance to soothe herself, and if she didn't I'd go back in and repeat the process. I think the most I had to do that, even on that first day, was 3-4 times. Now she actually cries for her bed, and because she's getting a decent amount of sleep during the day, she's much happier and more content during her wake periods.

Nicole - posted on 04/26/2009

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Jennifer, Wow that's a long night's sleep for such a young baby, talk about wishful thinking. My son is about 2 1/2 months and goes down around 10 pm and gets up about 3 am and again around 6 am. He sleeps off and on during the day but like my other children he has acid reflux and is on medicine for it and it sure helps with the fussy baby routine. Ask your doctor about it. What have you tried to help out with the naps during the day? Does she sleep well in the car? My children do and so we use to take them for a ride in the car, or put them in the car seat and put the car seat on top of the dryer and let it run. The vibrations were like the moving car and it helped them sleep. We also tried light background noise, our house with 4 children is noisy so when it's quiet our son has trouble sleeping. We would put on classical music, running the dishwasher or washing machine, the television on low, that helped calm them down. Best of luck, hope some of this helps!

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