my daughter is 7 weeks old and whenever shes awake she always wants to be held. whenever i put her in any of her seats or swing she crys. i know shes young and needs attention but i cant old her all the time especially when she only takes 2 naps a day any suggestions??

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Tami - posted on 03/20/2009

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Get a body sling or a baby bjorn carrier that way you can keep her close and still have both hands free

Anna - posted on 03/20/2009

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Quoting Tara:

Hiya my son is 10 weeks old & he was like this. It was impossible to get anything done because he wasnted to be held all the time. I bought a baby sling so i could carry him in it around the house while i got on with other things & he loved it, to be honest he usually fell asleep in it because it soothed him. It also helps with colic, if your baby suffers (which mine did terribly!) He is fine being left in a baby chair now for about 20mins at a time now he is abit older so don't worry it will get better, your baby will start to be more interested in the things around her & less bothered about being held. And don't worry about her becoming clingy or anything because you can't cuddle a little baby too much, they crave love at that age but will soon become more aware of their surroundings & less bothered about being left to play.


  A sling is a Great idea. But if you are getting an open sling, be sure to make sure baby does not fall out if your bending or standing up. If your using aa carrier with a harness it can be a lot safer. I used both and the sling just seamed uncomfortable for my baby but he loved the front baby carriers and the straps and clips put me at ease more than an open top sling haha.


Someone once told me a baby under 6 months can never be spoiled =)

Anna - posted on 03/20/2009

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swaddle her, she may want to be held tightly like when she was in your belly. she could also be cold.

Stephanie - posted on 03/20/2009

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At 7 weeks you don't have to let her cry it out, there are other solutions.  This world is new for her and all she needs is reassurance that someone is there to take care and love her.  Actually when you let your baby cry it out - it raises their blood pressure and if done regularly it can be negative.  I wouldn't recommend this.  But don't get me wrong there are time when a few mintues will not hurt them and you have to be realistic, but do what feels best for you and your baby.  Not necessarily what worked you so and so down the street and her baby. 

Tara - posted on 03/20/2009

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Hiya my son is 10 weeks old & he was like this. It was impossible to get anything done because he wasnted to be held all the time. I bought a baby sling so i could carry him in it around the house while i got on with other things & he loved it, to be honest he usually fell asleep in it because it soothed him. It also helps with colic, if your baby suffers (which mine did terribly!) He is fine being left in a baby chair now for about 20mins at a time now he is abit older so don't worry it will get better, your baby will start to be more interested in the things around her & less bothered about being held. And don't worry about her becoming clingy or anything because you can't cuddle a little baby too much, they crave love at that age but will soon become more aware of their surroundings & less bothered about being left to play.

Stephanie - posted on 03/20/2009

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I SUPER recommend - The happiest baby on the block!  Get the DVD ASAP!  I also had a son like this when he was a little infant and I felt like I couldn't get anything done during the day.  My best friend was the Sleepy Baby Wrap.  It keeps them very close, it's not like a bjorn - those suck.  It keeps them super snug and close to you and best of all your hands are FREE!  To do what you need; for  instanance for me it was play and deal with my 2 yr old.  Good luck, it will get better.  These 2 things will be a life saver for you - trust me, you sound just like me with Markus.



 



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Steph

Cheryl- Chris - posted on 03/20/2009

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First of all- are you a stay at home mom, or are you working? I have two boys 15 months apart, so I totally understand what you mean about not being able to hold her all the time. Try a Snugglie.....It will make you feel like you are pregnant still, but if she is in need of Mommy holding her, this is a compromise!!!! I had to do this one with my 2 son. It makes some things awkward, but it works. If that doesn't help, put her in her crib, shut the door, and ignore her~ especially if you know she is not hungry (how big was she when she was born? My older son was 9 pounds, and my milk did not come in, so I started supplementing with formula, and he settled) or needing a diaper changed. Both of my boys would get tired of being held all the time (especially when we would go to my in-laws; they thought the boys had to be held all the time) and get fussy. After Mommy laid the boys down by themselves, and they got a chance to settle, they were fine. I hope it is not colic........Will be praying that this will be resolved rather quickly.....

Kathryn - posted on 03/20/2009

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you need a baby carrier. The ones that hold the baby at your chest. my son was the same. it was the only way to stop the crying. By three months he wanted to look around him and was happy to be put down again. he also screamed every time he was put in his pushchair. Good luck

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The best advise you could ever get is to get the book "Baby Wise". It was a life saver for raising my three kids they are 6,3, and 2.

Tandi - posted on 03/20/2009

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my daughter was like that for basically the first 3 months of her life! but i put her in an infantino baby carrier that straps her to my chest. It is basically like a backpack to put your baby in! but this works wonders!! i even still use it when she is super fussy (she's 6 months now) but this was great! it turned her into a really easygoing baby. she slept for long hours in there and she could eat in there too. when she was awake in there she was calm and content, and just happy to be close to someone. i wasnt always able to be the one to wear her, but she didnt seem to mind who wore her, she was just happy when anyone was wearing her in that thing.. so this is what i would recommend and you can get the same kind of thing, it's the snugli brand, at walmart for $20.00

Melitta - posted on 03/19/2009

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My daughter Jennah was like that. I was breastfeeding her up until the 7wk mark then switched to formula as my milk was going. In that 7wks we thought she had colic. So we were treating her for that. However this behaviour did not stop once on the formula. For a month we had her on normal formula but she would still scream and would only be drinking a max of 90mls (obviously she knew that it was going to hurt if she drank heaps). Heaps of vomiting would follow this. So i was feeding her every couple of hours. I had a feeling that she may have reflux so i was keeping her upright as much as i could, especially after feeding. During the day she would have power naps, max of 45mins. I finally took her to the doctors. We changed the formula to an AR (anti reflux) which is obviously thicker and stay in her tummy for longer. This worked but she would still scream. So the next week we put her on relux medication - Losec, the liquid form. She was on that for a month an has been a dream ever since. We only had her on the medication for a month, during that time her gut must have matured that little bit more.



So at 5mths (tomorrow) she is medication free, vomit free and is not screaming when it comes to feeding.



Also, we got Jennah a fisher price cradle swing. She loves it. The motion of rocking seems to settle her which then gives me the time to sit and eat dinner, do some cleaning etc.

Jocelyn - posted on 03/19/2009

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get a baby wrap!!! i used the peapod wrap for my son and it was a life saver.  you can wear your baby on the front until they are old enough and then switch them to your back (so they are out of your way completely! ) my son loved to be "worn" by me lol

Samantha - posted on 03/19/2009

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It's Ok for babies to cry it won't hurt them. As long as you have made sure she is clean, dry, well fed, not to hot or cold. then simply put her down and let her cry for a few minutes while you do what you need to. It often helps to put her in a seat where she can see you and you can talk to her to calm her while you do what you need. Also try turning on some music to amuse her

Debbie - posted on 03/19/2009

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hiya!
my daughters 4 now but she was exactly the same the only way i could put her down this sounds mad was in an all in one coat you know the ones that make them look like a starfish! we used to call her comfort baby and being snug in that always mad her feel secure and settled! good luck! xx

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at 7 weeks i would recomend a sling to carry baby in because i think they are far too young to be left to cry.. dont get me wrong tho.. im all for letting bubs cry for a while but i just think 7 weeks may be a bit to early.. whatever you decide tho good luck xx

Julie - posted on 03/19/2009

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The only thing my son would sit in was one of those vibrating bouncy chairs with lights and music. And at first, even that was only a few minutes. But he gradually would sit in it longer and longer, and then started going in the swing, or even laying on a blanket on the floor. Now he is almost 6 months, and is usually happy wherever I put him.

Kelly - posted on 03/19/2009

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her birthday is Jan 31st, so she is almost 7 weeks.. yeah i go back to work this coming tuesday..my mother will be watching her.  i'm sure she has plans on fixing the situation while im gone lol.  and i do have a bjorn baby carrier, but that only lasts so long...she hates the the pacifier unless it is totally last resort.  

Kelly - posted on 03/19/2009

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her birthday is Jan 31st, so she is almost 7 weeks.. yeah i go back to work this coming tuesday..my mother will be watching her.  i'm sure she has plans on fixing the situation while im gone lol.  and i do have a bjorn baby carrier, but that only lasts so long...she hates the the pacifier unless it is totally last resort.  

Emily - posted on 03/19/2009

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Get a sling or mei tei so she will be held and you can do stuff. She may realize she likes the movement and fall asleep.

Jessica - posted on 03/19/2009

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My daughter was the same way and letting her cry it out will not hurt her. she will eventually learn that mom is going to set her down some and as long as you don't rush to pick her up she will stop crying after a few times. This may help with her taking more naps too if she tires herself out. But Good Luck

Jamie - posted on 03/19/2009

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Quoting Sara:



Kelly, I totally remember my daughter being that way too.  The only way I was able to make her stop is by gritting my teeth and dealing with feeling guilty she was crying and leave her sitting.  After a week or two of keeping at it, she stopped screaming so much and was more (not completely) content with just being in the same room that I was.  I used to move her activity chair to which ever room I was in and I would just talk to her.  Every kid is so different though so, Good luck!






This is good idea, worked with my 2



 

Stevie - posted on 03/19/2009

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lol wow only two naps when my son was 7 weeks he was still sleeping all the time but if you could try get her to sleep more than 2 times and if you  have things to get done let her cry some or you could carry her in a sling or a carry on thing i have a sling lol or you could put her in her seat and take her in the same room as you so she can see you and when you have a min you can go and say hi i love you whatever and then get back to work :) i hope this helps or feed her and then take her with you sometimes that can help some

Sara - posted on 03/19/2009

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Kelly, I totally remember my daughter being that way too.  The only way I was able to make her stop is by gritting my teeth and dealing with feeling guilty she was crying and leave her sitting.  After a week or two of keeping at it, she stopped screaming so much and was more (not completely) content with just being in the same room that I was.  I used to move her activity chair to which ever room I was in and I would just talk to her.  Every kid is so different though so, Good luck!

Sarah - posted on 03/19/2009

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not sure if i can really help seeing as my son who is 7 weeks old ( when is your daughters b-day? ) has started doing that also. and for me thats bad cause he only wants mom and mom has to go back to work on Saturday! he also doesnot want to take naps during the day, he fights it. takes very short sporadic naps. do you have a baby carrier like a bjorn or something? maybe that would atleast free your hands to be able to do stuff. sorry i cant be more help, babies should come with manuals.....lol

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