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#1 of 10 Old 08-19-2005, 04:57 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Max is 3 weeks old, 4 weeks on saturday. Even though he requires being held all day and night, he is not a snuggler like my other kids. When I try to snuggle him and kiss him he get grumpy, grunts and whines. He just wants to be held, by mama, in a nursing position and doesn't care for any added attention. A couple times a day he has mellow periods where he will look around, smile, that stuff. But if someone gets overzealous with the attention he whines and wants mama's boob again. Is this normal or could something be wrong? He hardly naps, a few 10-30 minute snoozes in my arms between nursings, but never the good sleep other babies seem to get.
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Babies are funny little creatures. May I suggest toa you a book that changed my life:

The Happiest Baby On The Block by Dr. HArvey Karp

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...-4808455-73374
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Sounds normal to me.

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I agree w/ Angela. The book listed above tho helped me understand my little fella a little better.
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Really? It sounds normal? That's good. None of the other boys were like this so I thought it seemed crazy. He's been this way from birth. I'm hoping once he starts getting interested in the world aroun hom he will be easier to get along with. Especially for the other members of the family. They don't get much interaction with him right now.
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Babies are funny little creatures. May I suggest toa you a book that changed my life:

The Happiest Baby On The Block by Dr. HArvey Karp

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...-4808455-73374
I think I read that once, but I don't have it anymore. Except that this baby (like all my other ones) HATES being swaddled, maybe I'll try it. The other parts of the method. I just carry him around all day, which isn't bad, I had planned on doing it anyway since our family is CC ish. But it's more his personality I'm not used too.
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I understand.

Also, my ds really hated being swaddled at first. . .but after a minute or so he would calm down, like, "oh---yeah---this might be just what I needed) :LOL and after a few times, he wouldn't complain at all. Sometimes I think he anticipated it.

Your ds sounds like a funny n sweet little man.
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They're all different. Just when you think you have it all figured out you get something totally different thrown at you.

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I read The Happiest Baby On The Block when I was pregnant and decided that from birth on I would do what it said. WOW! This is my fourth and happiest baby. She is eight weeks old and sleeping through the night, swaddled. We also decided to use a pacifier with her and she LOVES IT. (she doesnt use it when she is asleep though, mostly for daddy to hold her!) She loves the humm of the vacuum, and will fall right to sleep if its running in her crib or car seat.
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According to psychologists, babies are born with a disposition. THere's nothing you can do about it, it's just in their make-up. Generically, babies are either a) hard to adapt to change/new situations/things they don't like, b) slow to warm up to change, etc., or c) easily adaptable. But their disposition at birth doesn't predict their personality in life. THe stronger the parental attachment, the more adaptable they become over time, and as they grow they develop their own personality.

Don't know if this is helpful, it's straight from my AP PSychology curricullum . But it's something to keep in mind that about 1/3 of the babies out their have what some call "difficult" dispositions, but a strong attachment will help them become flexible over time. Poorly attached babies grow up to be kids who don't adapt to change well - even up to teenage years.

Good luck and keep on holding her!!
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