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#1 of 6 Old 07-18-2008, 01:04 AM - Thread Starter
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My baby is 2 months old. He fidgets constantly, so much that people get tired holding him (me included). He wants to be upright, no - now he wants to be in a cradle hold - now over the shoulder - now facing front... ad nauseum. He keeps doing this most every waking moment (but sleeps well, thank goodness!) He hates the sling - doesn't settle down in it at all. Plus, he cries uncontrollably when we put him down. And while I'd love to hold him all day, I have a clingy toddler and household to take care of too! I'm at a total loss of what to do. I have been feeling absolutely horrible putting him down to cry sometimes but I get to the point where I need to take a break and walk away (and cry). Anyone else go through this or know of anything I can do?

Swaddling helps him go to sleep, but if he's not drowsy, he gets upset being swaddled. I'm looking forward to when he has enough neck control to wear on my back, maybe that would work?

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Are you doing different types of carries in different types of carriers? If not, maybe that would help. Neither one of my children would tolerate a cradle hold in a a ring sling it had to be tummy to tummy, so mei tais worked the best for us ....or wraps.

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Yes, we've tried various types of carries in both a ring sling and a maya pouch... I don't have a lot of $, so I don't want to go out and buy any more carriers if they'll just go to waste...
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Melissa this doesn't sound right for a bub this young to be like that, no matter who holds him and what position. Have you had someone check him out physically? How was the labour, were forceps used?

I'm only asking because my cousin has had two babies and both were the same, but constantly cried since birth. Upon investigation both had a shoulder or back injury from the delivery that was causing the discomfort.

I may be grasping at straws but I haven't seen a baby do that before, at least none of mine have.
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I agree w/the pp - have you tried taking him to a chiropractor?

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what about nursing in a sling?? Mine liked laying in the sling if she was nursing. She was similar, and quite the fussy baby. We often had to hold her in the "colic hold" to quiet her down. Sorry I don't have more suggestions, just empathy really. Been there, its not fun, but it does get better

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