Baby wont lay down when awake, suggestions?

Susanne - posted on 01/14/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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2.5 month baby boy, goes into a rage cry within minutes of being layed down (tummy or back) when awake. Hes only happy in a sitting position, and I can't hold him like this all the time because I have a 2.5 yr old also. He'll take a bouncy chair or swing for a little while but quickly become angry. Any ideas what to do?

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Lori - posted on 01/14/2009

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is he hungry,upset,or scared.maybe you should sit down and maybe rock him to sleep

Emily - posted on 01/14/2009

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I feel your pain. I also have a 2.5 month old and an almost 3 year old. I know with the baby, I have to keep moving her around to different things to keep her from getting bored. I use the swing, bouncy seat and play gym for the floor. I do know that everyday she seems to be getting better about keeping herself entertained so I would say that try everyday throughout the day to let him be by himself and eventually he'll start getting it. This means you are probably going to have to let him cry for a bit.  You could try soothing him then putting him right back down so he knows you're there. I also try keeping her wherever I am like in the kitchen because she likes to watch me. She definatley does not like to be left in a room by herself. How is he sleeping throughout the day?  If he's not sleeping well, he probably is so overtired that he doesn't know what to do with himself. I had that probably for a while.



 

Janelle - posted on 01/14/2009

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Or what about a play gym? Our little guy loves his play gym..we can lay him on his back and he talks to his "friends" that hang down and bats at them with his little fists..

Lindsay - posted on 01/14/2009

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best place to buy a bumbo chair is toys r us, if you dont have a toys r us in your area im sure you could buy one online. beleive me they are great just goggle them and you'll see. I bought a play pen again from toys r us that actually has a teddy bear mobile attached to it which you can remove and take it with you or put on the crib after. It also has the bassinet part that vibrates and it plays music and soothing sounds.

Janelle - posted on 01/14/2009

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here's a link for it : http://www.bumbobabyseat.com/



but it says when baby is able to support their own head.. so not sure if that will help or not? My baby didn't like the carrier either... how about if you lay down facing your baby together for a minute or two and kind of make it a game... look into his eyes and smile and then wait for baby to settle and inch away? something to that extent?

Susanne - posted on 01/14/2009

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I will look into this bumbo chair (never heard of it). . .do you know if you can get mobiles that attach to playpens? That might keep him amused long enough for me to get some work done around the house!



I've tried a carrier with him but he doesn't enjoy it much, I haven't looked into a sling though. He just doesn't seem to like being flat, always want to be in a sitting position, hopefully he'll outgrow it. I'd still love to hear more ideas though, 'cause I'm fresh out!

Lindsay - posted on 01/14/2009

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just reading now...the bumbo chair is great!! I use it for everything, feeding, playing, wacthing cartooons...it works wonders, and my daughter used it a young as 1 month.

Lindsay - posted on 01/14/2009

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I find my mobile helps me...I have a multi functional one that plays music, has dagglely toys and projects images onto the ceiling and wall...she has so much to look at she couldnt possibly get mad!

Lynette - posted on 01/14/2009

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I would use a lot of pillows to hold the baby up and eventually the baby will fall asleep. Your baby is two/half mths old and it's kind of hard to really know what the baby wants. Go with the flow and see what really happen afterward.

Janelle - posted on 01/14/2009

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not sure if you have tried the boppy pillow? it works for a little bit kind of props them up? I am not sure if your son is holding his own head up but there's also the bumbo chair that keeps them in a sit up postion? they are doing voluntary recalls due to parents using htem inmproperly- just use common sense if you do use it (not on the edge of the table, etc)... or try wearing baby in a sling or infant carrier, sounds like LO just wants to be close to mommy...Good luck!

Susanne - posted on 01/14/2009

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Its not really a sleep issue, he falls asleep just fine and self soothes at night. Its more like, I have to put him down when hes awake to go get a juice for my other son and he'll just freak. Since he doesn't sleep a lot during the day its becomming a hassel and I can't stand the sound of my baby crying, makes me twitch, literally.

Toni - posted on 01/14/2009

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try reading to him befor you lay him down it may calm him down enought to lay him down....thats how i got my daughter to do it....it works for some but not for many...sometimes you just have to let him cry...

Kadey - posted on 01/14/2009

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I had the same problem with my older boy.  It took a month or so, but we would get him really full, rock him, put him in his bed and lay next to him.  Then we just gradually pulled back, to sitting by his bed in a chair, then we sat by the door and finally he could do it on his own.  Our second son was tough too.  For about the first 8 months he just slept with us in our bed because he would rage cry until he dry heaved.  At about 10 months he was able to soothe himself to sleep in his bed.  We just had to follow through every time, and give him at least 30 minutes in there even if he didn't sleep.  Now, at 17 months he begs to go.

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