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At 4 weeks old, she's not forming habits or sleep associations. It's soothing to her.
Have you tried wearing her in a carrier? DS falls asleep in the Moby, and I have 2 hands free to cook dinner.
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I agree with the PP. Unfortunately right now, if she wants to be held you need to hold her. They need the comfort right now as they are building relationships with you. They want to be able to trust you and when they cry to be held they expect you to hold them. We got a carrier and I wear him while cleaning and doing little things around the house. He loves it and as do I because my hands are free.
You're not creating habits and spoiling her by holding her! The pp have given you great advice!
Hold her, forget about housework and hold her some more! There will come a day when they don't want you to hold them anymore! My son likes to wipe my kisses off and tell me I'm yucky now days =)
My 5 week old refuses to let me put her down. She wants to be right next to my heart. Probably the beating is comforting to her, like in the womb. Try getting a baby carrier... I have a Moby wrap, as well as an infantino carrier that I got at Target for a reasonable price. Both work well and support her head. Also, this isn't necessarily a bad thing; babies that are worn/carried for at least three hours a day are more developed emotionally, intellectually, and physically. It seems kind of a 'hippie dippie' thing to do but it's actually really good for your baby. Don't worry about breaking her of it, she'll out grow it soon enough and you'll be wishing she'd let you hold her! :) See this site for info about babywearing: