Month old baby wakes up every hour at night and constantly wants to be held what do I do?

Manda - posted on 01/02/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I'm a first time mom and just recently my little one gets up every hour at night fussing and I don't know why I figure he's hungry but as soon as I start breastfeeding he passes out almost instantly is there anything I can try to get him to sleep 3-4 hours he does for his grandma if she watches him through the night. Also are there any tips on how to get him use to not constantly being held in order to sleep or calm down?

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Manda - posted on 01/02/2014

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Thanks for the tips I appreciate it . It's just so hard when you don't know what's wrong with them . I just wonder if he gets enough to eat at night cause he constantly falls asleep when breastfeeding and when my mom gives him bottles of pumped milk he must get his full milk intake in and sleep better . But he does love his car seat so maybe I'll try that. :)

Sarah - posted on 01/02/2014

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Have you tried swaddling him? Sometimes that helps as they feel all snuggled like they are being held. I had one daughter that like to be swaddled but her arms free and another that liked her arms tight but looser on her legs. Another thing to try is a fan or some kind of white noise (sound machine). Sometimes just a consistent soothing noise helps. When he fusses wait just a few minutes before getting him to make sure he is really up and not just moving around. When grandma watches find out if she is doing anything differently then you are. Another thing you can try is the car seat. This can be another way they feel all snuggled in.

My middle child was an every 1 hour eater both day and night. I remember how hard that was and how tired I was. Hang in there. It does pass. :) Both the eating and the sleeping will get better as he gets older. For the being held to sleep or calm down that is a hard one. This one will also get better as he gets older. He is still pretty little so you don't want to leave him cry for too long. But also not jumping to every little whimper or sound is ok too. As he gets older he will start to learn how to self soothe himself and will also start to be entertained by other things.

Some things that I learned is to take the moments for what they are and enjoy them. Enjoy holding your baby.....even though that is all you may do for the whole day....enjoy it as soon they will out go it and not want to be held. Realize that right now things are not going to get done. Don't worry about the housework, cooking a healthy meal, etc. What gets done gets done and the rest can wait. Find a comfy chair or couch you can snuggle into for the night if baby wants to be held all night. This way you both can get some sleep. :) My third child would sleep well, but if she had a bubble in her tummy she would fuss if laid down. If she was held upright she would sleep. So hubby would sleep snuggled up on the couch holding her upright so she would sleep.

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