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What do you do when NOTHING makes the baby happy??

post #1 of 17
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I sure hope you mamas have some good ideas, because Wesley has been a tough case lately. All the usual things he likes don't make him happy for longer than 30 seconds. ARGH! Suggestions needed!!:
post #2 of 17
Nothing made my dd happy. I finally broke down and took her to the dr and found out she hd silent reflux. We got meds and poof she was happy again. I usually only go to the dr as a last resort but I felt really guilty that she suffered for a few monthes before I figured it out.
post #3 of 17
No personal experience, but have a friend who's baby also had the silent reflux and it was a magical change for her...
post #4 of 17
two things I do when alice is unhappy:

1) pop in her paci and hold her close against my chest with her arm tucked under and pace the floor, or

2) put her on the boob.

i doubt that helps, but i thought i'd add my two cents. good luck!
post #5 of 17
my best answers are:

-- the boob
-- babywearing

Really, babywearing is a LIFE SAVER around here. When she's especially fussy, it's mostly because she's overtired. My sure-fire way to get her to sleep is to tie her in the mei tai (front carry) and go for a walk. She'll fuss on the way out the door, but by the end of the driveway she's out.

Other than that, hugs to you, mama!!
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by judybean
my best answers are:

-- the boob
-- babywearing

Really, babywearing is a LIFE SAVER around here. When she's especially fussy, it's mostly because she's overtired. My sure-fire way to get her to sleep is to tie her in the mei tai (front carry) and go for a walk. She'll fuss on the way out the door, but by the end of the driveway she's out.

Other than that, hugs to you, mama!!
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post #7 of 17
Zerbers on the feet.
post #8 of 17
Oh no! Is this something new?

If so, consider tracking down a cause in line with teething, sensitivities to new foods or something like that.
post #9 of 17
Mostly the boob and babywearing here too. Though sometimes just getting him to sleep helps.
He was going through a short period (maybe a week?) where nothing made him happy, then he had this great BIG stinky poo that smelled like eggs and he was all better. I stopped eating eggs and he seems better all around too.

It could be something like an ear infection, teething, or maybe reflux.
post #10 of 17
If your the usual things (boob & wearing) aren't helping, then it sounds like he could be in pain. I'd take him in.
post #11 of 17
Strip her down naked (she loves to be in the buff) and let her lay on a blanket. She generally calms down as I play with her feet and hands.
post #12 of 17
i tend to have a nice relaxing bath with baby, with relaxing music and candle light then give her a massage the put her in some nice clean pj's and lie in bed with her
post #13 of 17
wearing her is still the best option for me. she's not a comfort nurser so sticking my boob in her face is more likely to piss her off than anything. she does enjoy being naked, but LOATHES baths.

so...i basically just put her in the wrap. and go about my day, talking to her. and then she just looks up at me with the most adoring face it melts me.
post #14 of 17
On the days when nothing seems to work, I put Simon in the carseat or wrap and head out of the house. We go visit a friend, or go for a walk outside (when it's not raining ), we just need a change of scenary to get his mind off being crabby. Once I even tried going to the mall to do a little walking this winter, but that was just depressing (nothing like walking around the brightly lit mall alone ).

Does getting out of the house help?
post #15 of 17
Yep, same for us here. Water is a big one. Either the swimming pool or the hot tub, or the big bath, the baby bath doesn't seem to cut it. Or the car seat, but that's when she's mostly overtired and won't go to sleep any other way.
post #16 of 17
I don't know if you have one of those excersize/birthing balls, but holding Bishop & cuddling him tight while bouncing on it really would calm him done when nothing else would help.
post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by kgrfcharlton
I don't know if you have one of those excersize/birthing balls, but holding Bishop & cuddling him tight while bouncing on it really would calm him done when nothing else would help.
The corner of our guest bed is good for that! It's just super springy for some reason.
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