My baby has been crying a lot and sleeping poorly since she was about 5 weeks old (she's also always had problems pooing). Out of pure survival instincts I have started feeding her to sleep. I have manage to break that habit during the day if I take her for a walk in the stroller instead. She will not sleep in her bed without me feeding her. She used to let go of my nipple when she was done eating but by now (she is 7 months) she needs to be fast asleep before I can leave her. She also wakes up about every 2 to 2.5 hours most nights.
I have tried about 6 different shapes of silicone dummies and 3 shapes made from natural rubber, she will not take any of them.
We have taken her to an osteopath, a mircro kinesist, the regular pediatrician a homeopath, a chiropractor and our GP. She has been on anti-reflux medication (which made her better for a little while), laxative to help her poo (without that I generally needed to give her a suppository to help her) and various drops that are supposed to help with colic/wind issues.
Last week I decided to take her off all medication. She is finally pooing more often and spontaneously and has less problems with gas. However, she is still a very poor sleeper and persistently refuses a dummy.
Any tips from anyone who recognises some of the issues? Thank you.
Dp, me ds#1 , ds #2 and ds#3
Both of my kids followed the same path with the night waking thing. Up until somewhere around a year they'd last a couple of hours without me, but would sleep much better once I was in bed next to them. As they got older the time they could go got longer. Now my younger one is 3 1/2 and he almost never wakes up before I go to bed and often sleeps through the night w no waking at all.
Eta: You used the phrase survival instinct and I think that's exactly right and great! You should follow your instincts. And it also sounds like a great call on all the meds. It sounds like she's doing fine without them.
Jayne, sewing up a storm mama to ds1 9/03, ds2 2/09, and 2 sweet furbabies.
Thank you for your supportive words. It does make me feel so much better to know that other babies have very similar sleeping preferences. I have an older son (he is 4 now), he cried a lot less and would easily fall asleep in the sling and not wake up while transferring him into his bed. I will stick to co-sleeping and forget the pacifier for now. She's seems to be taking quite well to a little soft toy sheep that I give her to hold while she nurses, she used to cling to my t-shirt which made it even harder to pull away.
Many babies won't take a pacifier and that's ok. It's not something that you have to teach her. If anything, it's nice that you won't have to find a way to get her off of it when she's older.
Midwife (CPM, LDM) and homeschooling mama to:
14yo ds 11yo dd 9yo ds and 7yo ds and 2yo ds
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