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My poor LO just won't sleep during the day until late afternoon and its making all of us miserable! 5 mins after I put her down once she's asleep she's awake and screaming. I don't have the option of laying down and nursing her to sleep and staying with her like I did my first and she refuses to be in a sling so I'm not sure what to do. She sleeps well at night for her age and being BF. Sometimes up to a 4 hour stretch and she sleeps in bed with us. Is there a way to help her nap during the day without resulting to harsh meaures ( although I'm pretty certain CIO wouldn't work on her anyways)?
 

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If putting her down wakes her up, your next best option is to wear her in a wrap (something like a Moby) so that you can carry her with your hands free.<br><br>
Mine hated to be put down too at that age too. Are you swaddling? Try the "Happiest Baby on the Block" (DVD or book) for tips on soothing your LO.
 

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Have you tried different positions in the sling? other types of carriers? Neither on of my dc would nap in a cradle carry, they wanted to be upright. Mei tais and wraps worked the best for me.<br><br>
Do you swaddle for naps?
 

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At 5 weeks, she is just about hitting her peak of fussiness, so hopefully it will get easier to put her down for naps as she gets a little older. In the meantime, you can try:<br><br>
* swaddling<br>
* nap in a bouncy seat (swaddled or unswaddled)<br>
* nap in a swing (swaddled or unswaddled)<br>
* nursing right before putting her down<br>
* keep an eye on the clock - try to put her down for her first nap no later than 2 hours after she wakes in the morning - maybe even just one hour.<br>
* white noise machine (or a fan, humidifier)<br><br>
I hope this is helpful. The consolation I can give you is that at 5 weeks, regardless of what you do or regardless of how she is napping, I think she's way too young for anything to amount to a pattern. Just try your best to get through and keep trying, and soon enough she'll be napping for you.
 

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Although mine didn't scream she wasn't happy. I found she just loved motion, which is of course totally natural for babies. So I wear her most of the time. But the weather here is scorching so I alternate with a bouncer type chair that moves when she does. I made it a slow transition and she loves it now.<br><br>
I would definetly try different positions in your sling. Mine really disliked being on her back.<br><br>
Lots of luck.
 

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My DS2 was like this for the first 10 weeks or so. I wore him in a Moby or a mei tai most of the time, which really helped him relax. Occasionally, when my back was worn out, I could lay down on my bed and nurse him to sleep, then flip him on his tummy, which helped alot. Though, of course, I know that tummy sleeping is very controversial and would not recommend doing it unless you've researched it for yourself and are comfortable with it. Good luck, mama.
 

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We're going through the same thing! My 4 week old doesn't like to nap unless she's curled up with me - either in the sling or in bed. With 4 older siblings, this isn't always possible, although I am SOOO glad my dh is still home!<br><br>
I have no problems getting her to sleep - she falls asleep fine. She just won't STAY asleep, by herself. As with your LO, nighttime is fine - she'll sleep 2-4 hour chunks, nursing in between. In bed with us, either on her tummy or side. But, during the day, as soon as I lay her down, she's up within 5-10 minutes. Not enough time to eat, shower or get some housework done. Let alone spend some quality time with my older kids (especially the 3 year old). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I agree with the PP's that you need to get her used to a sling. For some babies, this often means fussing in the sling a lot (I don't want to use the term CIO in the sling, but sometimes that's what it takes). Once your LO is used to it, you'll have a lot more freedom. I also agree that an upright position is best. You can accommodate baby in this position in pretty much any sling - what one(s) do you have?<br><br>
For my LO, once she's in the sling, puttering around the kitchen, vacuuming, drying my hair, pacing in a room with a white noise machine or bouncing on a ball almost always induces sleep pretty quickly. She loves sound. She also loves to lay on my shoulder and rock in the rocking chair (especially outside where she can watch the trees blow).<br><br>
HTH!
 

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My baby will not sleep by herself for more than a few minutes and she also hates a sling. What I did was just hold her. It can get tiring at first, but after just a few weeks, you get totally used to it. I have a boppy type nursing pillow and I sit at the computer or wherever and just lay her on it with my breast exposed. She uses it like a pillow or nurses and it's very comforting for her. She can sleep for HOURS this way. If I have to get up, I just hold her in my arms.
 

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This doesn't work so well when you have other kids, though. I agree w/the advice to try different slings/carriers. My LO HATES a pouch, but loves being upright in my ring sling or wrap, and sleeps well like that.
 

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Get a wrap as soon as possible <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I think the Sleepy Wraps are good and not too expensive. Once she can support her head properly I would suggest getting a woven wrap and wearing her on your back. I SAHM with 2 kids and DS2 hasn't been ready to nap alone yet, so the wrap has definitely been a lifesaver here. Good luck!
 
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