It takes me 4-5 hours to settle my 7 week old baby at night what am I doing wrong :(

Casey - posted on 07/01/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )




My little cherub is 7 weeks old and sleeps fine during the day with no hassles but when it comes to putting him down of a night time he fights me for hours, he usually wakes up around 5pm so let him sit in his bouncer for a little bit while I cook dinner and bath my two year old and then I bath bub and give him a little massage with some baby cream and then his dressed and ready for bed by 7pm so I give him his bottle and make sure his got no wind but when I put him down he just cries and cries and cries and because I am a sucker and can't handle him crying I get him back up and it just keeps on going like this for hours until eventually his that exhausted that he just falls asleep. My first child never did this (not that I can remember) and I am not sure what I am doing wrong, I know most babies are a bit unsettled around 6-8 weeks but I don't want this to become a habbit cause it's wearing us both out already so if anyone has any tips or advice on how to get him to settle a bit easier at nighttime i would very much appriciate it, oh and once he settles his fine for the rst of the night if he gets up for a night feed I don't have any problems getting him to go straight back down it's just the initial getting him down thats the problem.


Claire - posted on 07/03/2011




Skip that last afternoon and you may have your problem solved. Babies change their nap schedules all the time.


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Casey - posted on 07/07/2011




I think I worked it out ladies, I was trying to keep him awake for to long, by the time I finished cooking dinner, feeding and bathing my two year old and then finally bathing bub and giving him a bottle he was way to overtired and just couldn't settle so now hubby is cooking dinner and feeding and bathing the two year old so I can just focus on bub and getting him settled and back to bed before he gets over tired, thanks for all your advice :)

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What are his naps like? How many and what times (approx)?

Could he be hungry (growth spurt) and want to clusterfeed in the evenings? I don't know how that works with formula, but it's very common for breastfeed babies to nurse every hour or stay attached for a long time in the evenings. Do you try to give him another bottle?

Ellen - posted on 07/01/2011




Well dont let him nap get him up an hr early in the after noon. When my babys were new borns I always kept them in my room. If thay woke up i would only but my arm in the basenet to calm them down. As thay got older I never turn the light on in their room I would walk in check their diaper and give them a bottle of water I didnt look in their eyes and left right away didnt pick them up thats a no no. Good luck.

Amanda - posted on 07/01/2011




Could it be colic.
When my daughter was a baby she would sleep fine during the day but at night she just wouldn't settle.

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