Baby cries in bassinet

Kortney - posted on 01/17/2009 ( 40 moms have responded )

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Every time I lay my two week old down in her bassinet, she starts crying, even if she was asleep before i laid her down. If i set her in her bouncy chair, she doesn't start crying. What can I do to get her to stop crying when I lay her down in her bassinet?

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Lina - posted on 01/19/2009

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I would hesitate to let my 2 week old cry for too long. It's impossible to spoil a baby at this age and they don't learn cause and effect e.g. if I cry, I will get picked up for a while yet. If the bouncey chair works then go with it. She might just want to be close to you so you could try putting a used t-shirt (or something that you've worn so it smells like you) over the bassinet mattress (make sure there are not loose ends and that it's pulled tight so it's not a danger to her) and see if that works. When my baby was born, we had an AmbyBaby, crib and co sleeper and the only way he would sleep was beside me. To be honest, I didn't mind too much because then I got some rest to make up for the night feeds. Do what works for you and your baby. :)

Darlene - posted on 01/19/2009

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I could never let mine cry, and at two weeks I wouldn't do that. You could try a snuggly or wrappinh ger in a blanket, like they did at the hospital. Many infants, need to be snuggled. I hope you find something that works. Good luck

Tamara - posted on 01/19/2009

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Remember, your little one just spent 9 months inside of you, warm, cozy, and never away from you. Have you thought about cosleeping? For me, it was a sanity saver. I could nurse, get some sleep, and the LO never had to cry it out, especially since crying it out is dangerous for a child to do.

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Natalie - posted on 01/20/2009

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hi ya both of mine slept in there bouncy chair or in my arms but they slept fine at night i say whats it matter how the go to sleep as long as they do do what is best for u and your baby

Sarah - posted on 01/20/2009

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My son just didn't like the bassinet. He would sleep anywhere just fine except for the bassinet. Every time I laid him in it he would wake up. She just may not like it!!

Emily - posted on 01/20/2009

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Quoting Lacy:

She may have acid reflux, my lil girl has that and she would rather sit up to sleep than to lay down...when u have acid reflux your stomach flap stays open and slowly acid comes up out of the flap and in to ur throat. when laying your baby at a 30 degree angle it will help the acid to not flow up. she likes sitting bc when she sits the acid can not go up bc of well"gravitY" lol......but seriously u should see about putting her on zantac>


This is exactly what I was going to say.  Zantac is great.  And with my daughter I also do what another person said, which is that I put her on her side (left side to be exact since that's what dr's tell adults with reflux) in a wedge so she can't roll over.  I know tummy is best ,but when reflux is really bad my pediatrician says the side is ok, just make sure she's not so much on her side that she can roll onto her face.  I also agree with someone else who said the baby is too young to cry it out.  I think my ped says 6 months for that to start?





 

Eileen - posted on 01/20/2009

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My daughter did the same thing.It was quite frustrating.Wait till shes asleep and lay her down if she starts crying a little just rub her belly and talk or sing to her. sometimes it worked and sometimes I would have to pick her up again and start all over.There really is no answer that is a sure thing..but dont worry you'll figure it out.

Karen - posted on 01/20/2009

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i would deffinatly use the bouncer chair if the baby is comfortable there. people say u carnt spoil them at 2 weeks probly not but dont leave it to long before u start to put her down because they do get spoilt as i used 2 pick my little one up all da time wen cryed and now he will not sleep on his own doesnt sleep through da night and dont leave me for a min and he only 8 months good luck

Lana - posted on 01/19/2009

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Perhaps she is uncomfotable lying down. I know this sounds crazy but try taking her to a Chiroptractor. I worked for one once and saw him completely wipe out colic and other unknown crying problems. One mother came in the next day with flowers thanking him.  After having a child of my own I also took my daughter to a one and had a lot of success. They are so little and they have all the organs we do, if everything is not in the right place it can make them totally miserable. Just thought that might help you.

Michelle - posted on 01/19/2009

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I know you're are not supposed to do this, but my kids wouldnt sleep anywhere, but in their swing! I had one of those battery operated ones, and I would lay on the couch, while they slept in there swing! It worked wonderfully!

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Quoting Michelle:



my daughter had really bad gas....she seemed to do really well upright but then lay her down and she would cry alot.....we raised one side of her crip to keep her in an upright sleeping angle.....it can't hurt to try.






I did the same thing with the crib...seemed to work for me.  Some cribs will not allow this due to the way they are built.  There are Mattresses made that are triangle shaped that my work if you cannot move your crib.

Chelsey - posted on 01/19/2009

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Quoting Kortney:



Quoting Heather:




sometimes you just have to let them cry.i know its hard.both of my girls were like that and it was frusturating.experts will tell you its bad to let your baby sleep with you but sometimes that is the only way i could get sleep because they  would only sleep if they were in my arms.hopefully this helps.good luck.










i try letting her cry, but the thing is, i unfortunately am living with my mother and brothers. so everytime she cries, i get yelled at cause she is disturbing someones sleep, or someone has a headache, but my mother wont let me move out despite this.






I feel for you kortney try what you need to but my son who is now 4 months will NOT sleep without being rocked to sleep. I need to break him of the habbit but my husband complains if I try to let him cry himself to sleep at night. I am going to start during the day when he is not home so that Alex can cry himself to sleep for his naps, at least to start with.



Just try to make sure that nothing else is wrong. remember that she is a light sleeper right now so when you change her position it will wake her.  Hang in there it gets better.



 

Lorilynne - posted on 01/19/2009

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Yeah, I agree.  Two weeks is so young to already try crying it out, at that age they need to know that you will come when they cry.  Swaddling and sleeping propped up are both good when they are so teeny :)

Shannon - posted on 01/19/2009

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maybe she needs to be proped up a bit we she sleeps. We put our son in an extra car seat that we had and he slept that way for a bit

Victoria - posted on 01/19/2009

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HOw hard is your bassinet? My son wouldn't sleep in his crib because it was too hard. Just put a little extra padding >under< the sheet so there is no risk of smothering. Worked for us.

Nicole - posted on 01/18/2009

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I know this sounds weird but my 3rd child spent the first 3 month of his life sleeping in his car seat!!!  LOL  He was about 2 weeks old and my Mother-in-Law was visiting.  He was screaming and nothing my husband or I could do would help.  We didn't want to wake up My MIL so my husband decided to take him for a drive.  We put Quinitn in his car seat and by the time my husband got his shoes on that baby was sound asleep!!!!  It shocked us both.  We just left him in the carseat right beside the bed.  I think it was the feeling of being swaddled.  We had him wrapped up in blankets.  I don't know if this will help but it was a happy find for us.

Tracey - posted on 01/18/2009

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Maybe try a swaddling blanket, some babies like the feeling of being swaddled, it reminds them of  being inside the womb, it worked for my newphew, but not my daughter, the only way i got her to sleep in her bassinet was to rock her and it took her a while, she slept we me at night........still does at 16months!!

Taryn - posted on 01/18/2009

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Poor little girl. My guys did this too. May be it is because the bassinet is cold. I wrap them in a blanket while putting them to sleep then, lay them down still wrapped in the blanket. This sometimes helps. Sometimes it is just something they grow out of. Good luck.

Terri - posted on 01/18/2009

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I work in a childcare center. We have 8 infants at a time. I've had infants who would sleep in our arms but as soon as we tried laying them down they would wake up and cry. Each child is different but I would try wrapping them up like they do at the hospital (like a little papoose in a blanket) before letting them fall asleep in my arms (not covering their face of course). Sometimes they just like feeling snuggled. Or sometimes, we would lay them down on a boppy pillow (a nursing pillow) to elevate them a bit, and that would work. If nothing else works, you may have to let her cry it out 10-15 minutes. They say crying is good for lung development. It won't hurt her to cry a bit. Eventually she will learn to comfort herself. My best wishes to you.

Pati - posted on 01/17/2009

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 HI



Try propping her up in the bassinet a little, if that helps, talk to your dr again about acid reflux. If it doesn’t, Id call for an appointment. Also note what you eat if you are breastfeeding, everything passes right to her. I had to stop eating broccoli.

Sandra - posted on 01/17/2009

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All very good answers. What it may be is gas, acid reflux, or other situations like moms mentioned here. For us it was our daughter had gas, was a breastfed baby that simply didn't like the bassinet. There were many days and nights she would sleep on mine or my husband's chest just so we can get a few hours rest. The crib was the same, and come to think of it, the swaddling actually made her more frustrated, though many infants welcome it. She breastfed nearly every 1 hour to 1.5 hours, so she spent a lot of time in my bed, as I once rocked myself to sleep with her in the glider. Also babies cry because they want to be held, and one mom mentioned the 5-10 minutes, which enough for crying. Each mom knows their baby better than anyone else, so if something is amiss, it probably is. My daughter slept best propped up in her crib for some naps and some nights, and a lot of the time was in a side-to-side swing or on our chests. Also the bassinette may not smell like you. Hope this helps.

Lacy - posted on 01/17/2009

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She may have acid reflux, my lil girl has that and she would rather sit up to sleep than to lay down...when u have acid reflux your stomach flap stays open and slowly acid comes up out of the flap and in to ur throat. when laying your baby at a 30 degree angle it will help the acid to not flow up. she likes sitting bc when she sits the acid can not go up bc of well"gravitY" lol......but seriously u should see about putting her on zantac>

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If it is honestly time for a nap, the put him/her in and let them cry it out for a bit.  Maybe 5-10 min at first but if you pick them up each time they cry,  they get used to it.  Infants learn very quick!  It seems hard but it works! 

Katy - posted on 01/17/2009

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thats the problem we were having with our almost 3 week old... we found it easier to give him 15-20 min to fully fall asleep in our arms, or next to us on the bed.. THEN lay him down..

Karen - posted on 01/17/2009

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My child would not sleep in hers either!  Nor the swing, or bouncy seat in the bed with us.  I slept on the couch for 3 weeks with her on my chest!  That was the only way we could get any rest.  You do what works for you!!

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Definitely swaddle!  Try the 5 S's from "Happiest Baby on the Block" - Swaddle, suck (pacifier), shush (shh sound in their ear or a fan or humidifier in the room, swinging (in a baby swing, in the car seat), side (putting baby on their side on your lap or propped up so they can't roll on the tummy).  Babies that young should not cry it out despite what someone above said!  Eek!

Kortney - posted on 01/17/2009

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Quoting Mellissa:

We thought my daughter had a lot of gas too, after the third Pediatrician and months of non-stop crying, we found out she had a gastric hernia. It may just be gas or it could be she just wants you near, but don't be afraid to bring it up to the Dr. too, it could be something more.



when i had her at the dr for the first time, i mentioned that she had a lot of gas, and he said it was normal. but she's still having a lot of gas. i just put something under the one end of her matress in her bassinet, and layed her in and she's sleeping. ah. its wonderful to be able to hear myself think. thank you all for your help. :)

Lorilynne - posted on 01/17/2009

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My son got a cold when he was about a month old and we had to sleep him propped up in order for him to breathe.  He got so used to sleeping in his carseat that he would refuse to lay flat in his bassinet after he got over the cold.  I started easing him out of it at nap time rather than bed time.  I would just lay him down and if he cried, I would pick him up and soothe him and then back down he would go.  I also used this thing called a snuggli (I'm not sure thats the right name but its a little thing that you can put in anything the baby sits in; carseat, bouncey seat, swing and it keeps them snug and secure). 

Lana - posted on 01/17/2009

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My baby who is now 6mos. was the same way. Everytime I would lay her down she would cry like she was hurting I took her to the doctor and they ran some test and come to find out she had bad acid reflects they gave me some meds to help and she is a happy good sleeping baby.

Kimberly - posted on 01/17/2009

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Swaddle (they like to feel safe and warm like in the womb) and lay on her side with a wedge. We had one of those things that there was a wedge on both sides and the baby went between it.

Mellissa - posted on 01/17/2009

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We thought my daughter had a lot of gas too, after the third Pediatrician and months of non-stop crying, we found out she had a gastric hernia. It may just be gas or it could be she just wants you near, but don't be afraid to bring it up to the Dr. too, it could be something more.

Kortney - posted on 01/17/2009

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Quoting Michelle:



my daughter had really bad gas....she seemed to do really well upright but then lay her down and she would cry alot.....we raised one side of her crip to keep her in an upright sleeping angle.....it can't hurt to try





my daughter has a lot of gas too..that might work. thank you.

Carrie - posted on 01/17/2009

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Hi Kortney, my youngest son was the same way. He slept in the bouncy/vibrating chair for the first 6 weeks of his life. Now its all training. She's training you to obey her with crying and you are training her. Its also personal choice. If you are ok with her sleeping in the chair, and she sleeps well there, it did not hurt us. We did make Ben go into his crib at 6 weeks. All alone in his own room. Make sure your daughter is swaddled tightly when you lay her down. Another thing too may be gas? She might have burbs or gas that are uncomfortable when you lay her flat?? Make sure you try to burb her before she goes down.....I hope these ideas help. But in the end, you are her mom and what you decide will be ok too......:o) Congrats, I wish you many hours of sleep!!!

Teresa - posted on 01/17/2009

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try buddling your babe tighter. Not necessarily warm just tighter. They want that sense of being in a tight hold (carried) by mom. Security thing.

Michelle - posted on 01/17/2009

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my daughter had really bad gas....she seemed to do really well upright but then lay her down and she would cry alot.....we raised one side of her crip to keep her in an upright sleeping angle.....it can't hurt to try.

Nikole - posted on 01/17/2009

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It may be that she doesn't want to lay flat. I had the same issue with my second child. Is there some way you can put something underneath one end to make it higher at one end so she's not completely flat? Something safe, or course. Like if you could place something underneath the mattress at one end that way her head is slightly elevated but she's not laying on anything but the mattress still. That's what we did with our daughter and it worked really well.

Kortney - posted on 01/17/2009

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Quoting Heather:



sometimes you just have to let them cry.i know its hard.both of my girls were like that and it was frusturating.experts will tell you its bad to let your baby sleep with you but sometimes that is the only way i could get sleep because they  would only sleep if they were in my arms.hopefully this helps.good luck.






i try letting her cry, but the thing is, i unfortunately am living with my mother and brothers. so everytime she cries, i get yelled at cause she is disturbing someones sleep, or someone has a headache, but my mother wont let me move out despite this.

Heather - posted on 01/17/2009

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sometimes you just have to let them cry.i know its hard.both of my girls were like that and it was frusturating.experts will tell you its bad to let your baby sleep with you but sometimes that is the only way i could get sleep because they  would only sleep if they were in my arms.hopefully this helps.good luck.

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