Yet another new parent "my baby won't sleep like a baby" question.
August 31, 2009 1:03 PM Subscribe
Yet another my-baby-can't-sleep question. We've tried every recommendation we've seen online or got from the pediatrician and nothing has worked. Need more ideas or reassurance that it's normal and will pass someday.
posted by wolfkult to health & fitness (50 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Our 2 month old is very hard to get to sleep and sleeps very poorly.
At night she sleeps well as long as she's in our arms. Otherwise she wakes up every 15 minutes and goes from grunting to furious in 5 minutes or so. She wakes up this often in our arms but will go back to sleep with some gentle bouncing and shushing. In the daytime, especially the afternoon, she is nearly inconsolable.
Her schedule for the last few weeks is like this (although it varies by an hour or so each day):
She eats at 7pm then is sleeping by around 8pm. She'll sleep until around 1am when she'll eat and go back to sleep (in our arms only of course) until another feeding at 7 or 8am. Then she will eat, stay up a while, and wake up wanting to be fed in 3 hours then it starts to go really down hill. After her 10 or 11am feeding she is very hard to get back to sleep (pacing the floors with her and she sleeps very lightly). This goes on until the afternoon when our routine of rocking/walking her to sleep goes on and on (she isn't sleeping but yawning a lot). She won't sleep and starts a routine of grunting which elevates to struggling which turns into crying and then screaming. We can get her to stop crying by, in my opinion, entertaining her enough so she can't possibly sleep. We basically have to be walking with her bouncing to stop crying or feed her again (which she'll spit up because she is already full). By 7 or 8 she gives up and sleeps pretty soundly (in our arms).
We have come to terms with the baby-only-sleeps-in-our-arms thing, we have lost all hope on that front, but the "baby-will-cry-unless-we-
expend-600-calories-an-hour" is where it gets sort of old after a few days.
The doctor thought it might be acid reflux and we've tried prilosec and prevacid even though before birth we would have probably been very opposed to this sort of thing. We have inclined the crib. We have tried tummy sleeping, co-sleeping, you-name-it-sleeping. Have tried many different formulas (and brands), the normal kind, lactose free, protein broken down ones, soy, and both nutramigen and alimentum. We've been on alimentum for a couple weeks now. We swaddle all the time (miracle blanket is the only things she can't break out of easily) and have tried no swaddle. We have tried a range of house temperatures. We have tried gas drops and gripe water (2 different brand names). We have tried a plethora of white noise (white/pink/brown noise, vacuum, rain, etc etc etc). The swing worked for about 2 or 3 days. The sling worked for 1 day. Have tried about 5 different pacifiers -- they work sometimes but sometimes make her furious. Some people say "go to a chiropractor" but this is a c-section baby so her spine shouldn't be out of whack from being pushed out the vagina.
Nothing really has any effect on her day time sleep or on her need to be held all night long. We don't have any family near by and no friends and we're about to lose it.
We have been to the ped about every week since her birth. The doctors sort of rush us out with smiles and "well, we can try a different AR medicine" and "she's fine" type things. Other than the crying she is in great health, she is gaining weight at a steady rate and shows signs that her mind is in good shape too.
1) Is there anything else we can try?
2) Is this normal? Is this colic even though she CAN be consoled with considerable effort?