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08/04/2013 at 07:43
I thought the unwritten rule about second children was that they are easy going and can nap anywhere with any amount of noise? Well my second baby is even more fussy than my first. She seems to find it incredibly difficult to sleep without either being held and rocked or out in the pram. She doesnt like her bouncer, her crib and will only tolerate the carrier for half an hour to an hour or so...sometimes...before waking up crying. She gets overtired really quickly because it's not always possible for me to hold her to make her sleep so she ends up a crying mess who can then only nod off for ten minutes at a time before waking again. I've tried putting her down fully awake to just chill out, drowsy, fully asleep, nothing works. I've tried music, noisy environment, quiet environment etc. I'm fed up of sitting rocking her to sleep and telling Nicky to be quiet only for her wake minutes later! The only thing that works is to go out in the pram but I can't do this all day. Does anyone have any magic tips that I haven't thought of to help my fussy overtired baby go to sleep more easily?
08/04/2013 at 08:35
Oh dear, sounds tough! What sort of carrier do you have? Might it be worth trying a soft stretchy wrap/sling?
08/04/2013 at 08:47
I have a connecta but am waiting for a woman to get back to me who is selling her moby. I'm hoping she still has it as I can't find them in the shops here. I just put the hairdryer on and she fell asleep - magic! And then someone started drilling and woke her up
08/04/2013 at 08:53
Ah yes, you might find a Moby or a Close/Caboo works a bit better as it holds them more snugly (and if that one doesn't work out for you there's a great FB group called FSOT Slings and Things - you're bound to find a stretchy wrap there).
If the hairdryer worked it might be worth getting a slumber bear - ours is worth its weight in gold and still helps R fall asleep at 13 months!
08/04/2013 at 08:54
I have a second baby like this ! Cat napper that slept really lightly. I used and still do sometimes the white noise app on my phone. It has a setting for the noise of a car ride and he used to stay asleep with that for longer. J didn't like loud noise but did like a bit of background noise. I used to bring the pram in so I could wheel him to sleep.
I know how hard it is when they want you to hold them all the time.but it does get better x
08/04/2013 at 09:07
Sl - I have a slumber bear but it very rarely works. Would any stretchy wrap work? I've seen online something called BabyKy which looks the same.
Lauren - I haven't tried a white noise app, might have a look for one that sounds like a hairdryer! I too wheel the pram indoors so she can carry on sleeping.
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