My newborn won't let me put him down..desperate for help!

Anika - posted on 08/07/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I have a new baby boy who is 5 days old. Since he was born, he has only been able to sleep/settle sleeping on me or my husband. I also have a 3 year old son who we suspect has ADHD and I have just realised what a huge problem this has become, my newborn sleeping on me all day. Since he was born he has had to be held constantly, during the day and while we are all sleeping at night. I can't do a thing for my older son now and I'm very frightened and depressed because of this whole situation. I've tried putting my newborn in his bassinet over and over, but he just starts crying a few minutes after I put him in it. I have a nice sheepskin in his bassinet, over that one of my tops so he has my scent, and we put a hot water bottle down before he goes in so it's warm..but it's still not working. We have tried swaddling him a bit but he hates it..I don't know what to do.. I haven't been able to feed my older son, or eat anything myself, or do anything... I need to get him sleeping in his bassinet, at least for short periods of time. My older son didn't have too much problem with it, and would often sleep in his vibrating chair but my newborn doesn't even like this. Any advice on what to do? I'd really prefer not to let him cry but I'm open to any suggestions.

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Amy - posted on 08/07/2012

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My suggestion is buy a baby carrier/wrap and just wear him. He's five days old unfortunately this is very typical newborn behavior. If I ever have another one I'll be buying a mobywrap. I know that's not really what you were looking for but that's my suggestion.

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