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Keeping baby happy while awake

My LO is 6 weeks is just now starting to have longer stretches of time between wake and sleep. But, he doesn't want to do anything but nurse or use my breast as a pacifier the whole time. It's like he's not tired enough to go to sleep but eventually he will if he keeps sucking and laying in my arms. I try to put him in the bouncy chair, swing, work in some tummy time and other ways of playing with him but he's not having any of that for more than a few minutes. I end up just sitting, nipple in his mouth, waiting for him to sleep. 

Now, he may be cluster feeding...but my instinct says not really. He does that a little in the evening. He may just want to be close and nurtured...and that's fine and I don't want to rush him through this time but UGH! I feel like he's just kind of a grumpy baby at times... How are you keeping a happy baby awake? Any constructive help is appreciated! Thanks mamas!

 

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Re: Keeping baby happy while awake

  • My baby is 5 weeks old today so our little ones are about the same age.  My son is starting to stay more awake too.  He doesn't have the tolerance to do anyone one thing for too long so I try to rotate him around with different things. 

    Some of his favorite things to do are:  lay on a blanket looking around, sit/lay on his boppy (I put a blanket balled up in the hole and then prop him on top of it kinda laying across it), looking at some brightly-colored toys that I hold over him, sitting in his bouncer listening to the music and watching the little animals rotate over his head, laying anywhere looking at light (from the window or just the light overhead in the room), leaning up on my chest while I'm sitting - kissing him, signing to him, playing with his arms and legs, etc. 

    Your little one might just be extra needy for some reason.  You might try to introduce some of these other things in between and see how they go.  Just for little bits of time though.  Good luck!

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  • How old is your LO? DD is 6 weeks and she just started paying attention to her toys. When she is awake in the morning I talk to her while she is in the bouncer and I am getting dressed or making breakfast then I make funny faces at her or do tummy time and show her toys. She is usually awake for an hour or two. I just figured out she will stay entranced by one of her rattles for up to 15 min! In the evening she is too overstimulated and doesn't want toys, we give her a bath when she's awake then I end up walking around with her until she stops fussing and falls back to sleep.
  • Thanks Karyn! Great ideas! I have tried the boppy but he always falls through. I prop him up with another pillow in the back but he never looks comfortable. I love your idea about balling up the blanket inside. Will try that today! Also, maybe I need a rotating mobile...I just have the hanging toys over the bouncer and the floor mat. We do all that stuff but he's not to entertained after 2-5 minutes. He cries and/or fusses so soon. But like you said...maybe he's just needy now and I will just keep introducing him to the toys every day. Thanks!
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  • Thanks oneyedsally. He's 6 weeks old too. I wish he would sit in the bouncer long enough for me to get dressed without fussing or crying. But you bring up a good point. Maybe I'm trying too much and overstimulating him. I will keep that in mind.
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  • It sounds to me like it might be a growth spurt. I felt this way too like my LO was always grumpy when awake but when we hit week 7, she started to be happier when awake. I noticed just letting her sleep more helped and it was a growth spurt cause her clothes starting getting tighter. I would also suggest not overstimulating and cuddling if that whats they want. 
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  • image Jackiemxoxo:
    It sounds to me like it might be a growth spurt. I felt this way too like my LO was always grumpy when awake but when we hit week 7, she started to be happier when awake. I noticed just letting her sleep more helped and it was a growth spurt cause her clothes starting getting tighter. I would also suggest not overstimulating and cuddling if that whats they want. 

    This! 

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  • Pacifier! I've nursed three babies and haven't had any nipple confusion. I find that the paci helps them with comfort sucking and once they suck for a while they can relax and enjoy their time in the bouncer or on the playmat. Lots of times my LO sucks for a minute and then spits it out, but the paci helps transition her from nutritive suckling into her play time. GL!
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  • My LO is up a lot more often now too. She is pretty fussy when I am not holding her. Sometimes she is fine laying under her play mat for a while and other times she wants nothing to do with it. We have a swinging chair for her and she doesn't seem to really like that. She is so little so its hard for her to sit in a little chair because she always seems to fall down and get uncomfortable. I just keep talking to her and moving her around to play with different things. She seems to really like looking at anything above her like the toys that hang from her play mat.

     

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