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I have a baby who turned 3 months old on the 23rd of October. This kid hardly sleeps. Today for example, I have gotten him to take three 5-minute naps, all day, that's all. So 15 minutes all together. And that is pretty typical for him. At night he wakes every 1-2 hours to nurse. It's crazy! On top of that he is the baby you can't put down- ever. He screams the minute he is out of my arms. He isn't particularly fussy, as a matter of fact as long as I am holding him he is a really happy smiley baby. He just doesn't sleep and it kinda trips me out. I, a 35 year old woman, need way more sleep than he does it seems. I'm exhausted and he is happy as can be. What's up with that? How can I get him to get some sleep? Even just one 1-hour nap during the day would help so much!
 

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When my dd nurses at night I might wake up for about 20 seconds to give her a boob and then I fall back asleep. She nurses maybe 4-6 times but because I never really wake up I don't feel the effect of it in the morning. Is this possible for you? My dd usuallly only sleeps for maybe an hour during the day and when I get tired of carrying her I put her in a baby carrier. I just got one from <a href="http://www.babyhawk.com" target="_blank">www.babyhawk.com</a> and it works great.<br><br>
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I second a carrier. When my dd was younger, she loved sleeping in the carrier. It may encourage him to take longer naps.<br><br>
Good luck, mama. I feel for you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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I'm not saying that there is anything wrong with your DS but I had the same issues with my DS once he hit 5 weeks (jaundice gone etc).<br><br>
He was sleepy but couldn't actually fall asleep or sleep for long at all. I could see that he was tired.<br><br>
Turned out that he had reflux. Once we had him on medication he was able to fall asleep (all be it only for 30 min stretches but that's another story)
 

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Your dc sounds just like my dd. She'd only sleep in my arms or in a Baby Bjorn. Otherwise, she'd go all day without a nap!<br><br>
I'd try a sling, or perhaps swaddling and laying down with him for a nap and then sneaking away. My dd now takes 1-2 hour naps, and she started doing this regularly around 5 or 6 months of age. So he could very well grow out of this phase and get better at staying asleep.
 

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You have exactly described my 4 month old. I'm going bonkers! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut"> I just ordered a carrier and am anxiously awaiting it's arrival. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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my second child was just the same. what finally helped for her was a good structured day and bedtime routien. she is just a child that needed more structure than she was able to conjure up.<br><br>
my third was quickly following in her footsteps when we realized she slept a thosand times better on her stomach. I know I know but it was worth it. My middle child was so sleep deprived and sickly and cranky and was losing weight by 5 months. It was awful. It was ba enough that we had decided not to have more (little did i know at the time of that decision I was already pregnant). I have almost no positive memories of her infancy. it was all a blur of screaming and exhaustion and irrational anger at this baby who was always tired and never sleeping.<br><br>
even if you have to do stuff you don't want o continue, so whatever it takes over the next few weeks to get her some sleep. a well rested child wil sleep better and sleep more. I know it is crazy and nonsensical but the more tired some babies get the worse they wil sleep. not all babies are able to sleep when they are tired. so your first goal should be to get sleep regardless of if it means standing on your head and balancing your baby on your toes (Ok mine required that i hold just so. it wasn't that bad but it was close.) once they have gotten some sleep different things you can try will work better. for things to try I highly recommend the no cry sleep solution. I did everything and then experimented on what we could leave out. I wasn't wiling to risk missing the thing that would work. :LOL
 

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it could be a growth spurt thing ... my daughter couldn't sleep for a few days before each major growth spurt. what are they at, 3, 6 and 9 weeks, 12 weeks, then 5-6 months and 8-9 months, i think? she'd stay awake for more than a day, it'd totally freak me out and i'd worry like crazy, then she'd crash for a few days and sleep almost all day. and she'd grow out of a size of clothes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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My dd went through a few stages like that where she wouldn't sleep during the day at ALL.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
-Angela
 
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