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#1 of 13 Old 11-22-2008, 09:03 PM - Thread Starter
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My 6 week old baby is fighting sleep. Then she gets so tired that she is overwhelmed and can't sleep it seems. All day today she has cried, cried, cried. I know it's because she's tired. She will fall asleep and wake up 10 minutes later. I have tried:

1) Wellement's Gripe Water
2) Hyland's Colic Tablets
3) Rescue Remedy
4) holding her
5) not holding her
6) going to the grocery store (usually she'll sleep in the car and the store)
7) swaddling her (and not)

Nothing has worked. She's dry, fed, doesn't have much gas like she did earlier in the week. She seems comfortable and not in pain because she will calm down (but then start up again).

Any other suggestions?
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#2 of 13 Old 11-22-2008, 09:28 PM
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DD has always fought sleep. Those first few weeks are sooo hard!

For us, the 5 Ss did make some difference:
Shhhh (white noise)
Swing (any motion, even you breathing is enough, or the sling or whatever)
Suck (I hated it, but she had a much stringer need to suck than I had the ability to tolerate. PLUS, she got totally even more POed when she just wanted to suck and got milk)

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Oh gosh yes, my baby did that too. It's so hard the first 6 weeks, but by 3 months you usually get into a nice rhythm. I started laying down and nursing her and that helped a lot.
I agree about the 5 S's. Those can really help sometimes.

Trying to balance a preschooler and peace....
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A sleepy wrap saved me. It's a stretchy wrap (there are multiple brands) that let me swaddle DD on my chest. It allowed me to do housework, etc while holding her close and providing soothing motion. She is known as a professional sleep fighter, but this did the trick. I could either leave her there for the duration of a nap, or *try* to transfer her to bed. (You might try for an inexpensive used stretch wrap) You sound very calm about this! Good luck.
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My DD did the same thing and we found a pacifier did the trick. She has a strong sucking need and giving her the breast all the time was not an option because like the pp said she would get upset when she got milk and just wanted to suck....or she would take the milk and end up spitting up and getting upset. Now we give her a paci and she usually falls asleep within 5 minutes, its great!

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Thanks for the suggestions. We have definitely been trying the 5 S's. She just keeps her eyes wide open. Sometimes she screams. Like today she has been really cranky and will scream at the drop of a hat, but then calm down. She has a paci and that sometimes works, but a lot of the time she spits it out. I know she's tired, but she is still fighting sleep. I have a sling, but she screams when I try to put her in there. If she does go to sleep, it's pretty briefly. This poor baby. She is so tired. Her eyes are weepy. Her grandma is walking around with her now and she's finally not crying and has her eyes closed. We'll see how long this lasts.
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I've totally been there! When my son was this age a few weeks ago, I came on here posting about how I had to try hard every night to get him to go to sleep from like 8pm until 1 in the morning. He just wouldn't sleep. It was a rough few weeks.

But if it makes you feel any better, after he got to about 3 months, he started sleeping better. He still fights sleep, but sleep wins the fight most of the time.

Just hang in there! I'm glad you have people there to help you. It does get better.
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Try a stretchy wrap, even though she doesn't like the sling. You can position her upright in there, which she might prefer - some babies hate being cradled even as newborns. And walk around and pat her when you put her in.
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Keep trying to wear the baby. My LO didn't like the sling until about the 3rd time I tried it.

Keep trying everything and everything until something works! Something will work. And then it will stop working and you'll find something else. Haha!

No, it gets better.

Until they get teeth!

But then it probably gets better after that, I don't know, we're still working on teeth.

Hang in there!

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Hang in there and keep doing what you are doing. My little girl wouldn't sleep, or would only in arms and very lightly and would fight it forever. At 6-8 weeks it was terrible. Each week after got better. She started to get lots better about 10 weeks and even more so at 12-14 weeks.
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Do you lay her flat on her back? That's really uncomfortable for most babies, aggravates gas/reflux, and can make the startle reflex worse. Try tummy sleeping.

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I need help too with DD who is 9 weeks.

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I am going through the same thing.

My doctor recommended drinking lots of Camomile Tea, and having it go through the breast milk.
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