6 week old girl and sleep?

Daniela - posted on 07/16/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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my baby girl is 6 weeks old. She was sleeping really good. Now she wont sleep unless i'm holding her or if i'm not holding her she has to be moving. Everytime i set he down she starts to cry. I don't want her sleeping w/ me but if i don't let her she crys all night and i don't get any sleep. What should i do?

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Nicole - posted on 07/16/2009

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My daughter was a very unsettled baby and would only sleep on me. For the first six weeks I was up every night with her. I also had the same issue that every time I put her down she would start screaming. She was also moving all the time, especially her legs. We then found out that she had colic, which causes bad stomach cramping and it tends to get worse at night. There are various over the counter medications that can really help. Maybe it would be worth a visit to a doctor or bay clinic to see if she does have colic.
In regards to co sleeping, it may be helpful with your baby as she is so young till she settles but I woud not recommend it for babies over six months. I got stuck in this pattern with my daughter and she is now twelve months and we just broke the habit and it was not easy.
Hope things settle for you soon. Good Luck!

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Rachel - posted on 07/16/2009

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I would also recommend co-sleeping, you can move her out of your bed after she starts sleeping better, I would also try to stay away from motion sleep, if she gets used to being rocked all the time, its hard to break.

Minnie - posted on 07/16/2009

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I agree with Nichole. Snuggle your baby to bed- it's how human infants are made to sleep. She just spent the last almost ten months cradled and snuggled in the close warm confines of your womb.



In reality, human infants are born so neurologically immature that their gestation actually continues for quite some time after the birth. Their development, socially, emotionally, and physically, is optimized when their surroundings mimic those they were accustomed to in the womb.

Nichole - posted on 07/16/2009

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I would co sleep or now if that is the only way you are going to get sleep. I co slept for the first 2 and half months. My son is 4 and half months now and has no problems in his own crib..

Good luck, I hope she starts to sleep better for you.

Nichole - posted on 07/16/2009

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I would co sleep or now if that is the only way you are going to get sleep. I co slept for the first 2 and half months. My son is 4 and half months now and has no problems in his own crib..

Good luck, I hope she starts to sleep better for you.

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