my 3 month old

Sierra - posted on 04/04/2012 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My baby is 3 months old. She sleeps at night, but during the day shes up for hours and she is my first child. How do I entertain her, she screams all the time when shes awake if your not walking around the house with her, but my wrist is injured so I can't hold her very long right now. How can i entertain her and get her to stop crying?

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Hannah - posted on 04/04/2012

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my daughter went through a phase like that. i used a snugli carrier and carried her around with me till she got past it.

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Belinda - posted on 04/07/2012

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Good Job Sierra, Be careful about limiting daytime sleep though! Do not stop her sleeping during the day, Babies this age need at least 5 hours during the day spread over 3-4 naps. (some babies need more and some a little less but not by much.) If Baby gets overtired from too little daytime sleep they tend to have really bad night sleep.Most Babies this age need very dark rooms to sleep in - so this may help if you want her to sleep earlier when it can be lighter than at 11pm.

Sierra - posted on 04/06/2012

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I kept her up as long as I could through the day so she would sleep at night for a few days then she caught on after that. She sleeps most of the night now, only waking up to eat every 4 to 6 hours. she sleeps from 11pm to 11am, im trying to get it to be more like 7 to 7 though.

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Invest on a baby sling. Maybe if she is moving around with you while you are doing your chores and such she will be happier. Also talk to her all the time. May seem like you are talking to yourself but they say it helps with babies speech and understanding if they hear their parents talking alot. I did it with my first and she has an amazing curiousity for everything lol my second and 3rd caught on from her and I and love to investigate things. Good luck!

Erin - posted on 04/06/2012

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My 3 kids NEVER liked to take naps - and by the age of 2 all three of them had given up naps, afraid they might miss something I guess!! As babies, I did the snuggli type carrier with my oldest, he was content to stay close and as long as he was in there he was happy. My middle son liked the swing the best. I had a portable one that was low to the floor, I just moved it from room to room. And my daughter liked the rocker at all times. She even slept in it at night for the first few months. Just try some different things and see what works. They all grow out of it I PROMISE!!! It is so hard those first few months - you're tired and sleep deprived, it's all new and unfortunately they don't come with a manual. I found music helped a lot too. Little Einsteins videos and music worked the best for mine. And the biggest lesson I learned - it is not going to kill them if they cry for 10 min. There were times when I just needed a few minutes to myself. I'd put them in their cribs where they couldn't get hurt, if they fell asleep - all the better. But most times they'd cry. I'd just go outside where I couldn't hear them so loudly and do some laps around the house until I worked off some stress. Or I'd take a shower, that often worked during the colder months when it was too cold to go outside.



Best of luck and keep it up. Before you know it she'll be crawling around and babbling at you!!

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Sounds a lot like my third child....and he is now a 6ft plus healthy young man who never stops too, but from birth he was awake and on the go from 5am to 11pm...I was extremely grateful that he always slept through the night!



I found the use of a sling or other baby carrier that was strapped onto me invaluable, it left both hands free, and was not as tiring as having a child on one's hip. I also kept him amused with one of those baby walkers (they are much much safer now, the child can amuse themselves with the activities which are on the tray and they can be made immobile too, bonus). I know that some mothers find it distressing when their baby fusses, but it is possible to leave them safely and let them discover ways to amuse themselves too, in fact it is beneficial to both mother and child. My grandson loves his baby jumper (it is slung from a door frame and he spends hours bouncing away).



Whatever you do, don't worry, and don't fall into the trap of measuring your child against another, they are all different, and even the most 'perfect' mum and child have periods when things are bedlam. Yes the books all say that children that age should be having so many hours sleep, the unfortunate thing is that babies haven't read those books, and they pretty much 'wing' it, so the parents have to learn strategies to cope. God bless.

Jennifer - posted on 04/05/2012

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Have you tried a bouncy, or swing. My kids loved those when they were little. A lot of times, I would also put my child in the stroller. It was very easy to push him/her around the house to the different rooms I was trying to clean/work in, and they were happy to be able to be right there with me.

Meisha - posted on 04/05/2012

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How did you get your child to sleep through the night...still working on that!

Sierra - posted on 04/05/2012

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thank you both. i'll have to use the carrier more. my baby was born premature as well, but i am happy he's sleeping nights now.

Meisha - posted on 04/04/2012

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My 3 month old preemie is the same way. He cries almost every waking moment if he is not being held. I get so excited when he is alseep. I will have to try the snugli carrier.

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