crying...

My baby girl is 7 weeks tomorrow and it seems she never stops crying. she wants to be constantly held but even then it has to be just right you have to walk with her, sing to her, rock her. I do every thing in my power to calm her down once i do she is happy and content to just be in my arms but if i put her down shes crying before shes even out of my hands completely. I know the arguments of baby wearing and such and I do understand babies this young really do just want to be held constantly but I do have to shower, use the bathroom, cook in the oven. I cant do that with a child attached to my chest. she doesn't nap during the day anymore as she is sleeping through the night and will always wake when not in my arms during the day... I'm at a lose, I cannot do anything during the day without her screaming... I guess i'm just venting but a little support or advice would be appreciated :(

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    She should still be napping during the day. She might have acid reflux or just issues with digesting. Are you breastfeeding? Try eliminating tomato products and maybe even dairy if the tomato products don't do any good. It'll take about a month to notice a difference. If you are formula feeding, try changing formulas.
    When you are cuddling to get her to sleep, put a light blanket near you so it has your smell, when you go to lay her down, put it between her and the bed/play pen whichever you use, it will be warm and smell like you.
    I have to lay my babies on their stomachs to sleep or they will not sleep, just make sure there is nothing bunched up around her face and gently turn her head to side when you lay her down. I know it's hard, but it's better to train her now to lay without mommy for a bit.
    You might want to ask the pediatrician about the screaming during the day, they might have more suggestions.
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      08/06/14
      Hi Krista welcome to MOMS. Congrats on your baby girl Hadley. Our moms expertise page is filled with information about what your baby is going through. It is posted on the right side of this page. From birth up until about 5 months or so, baby's nervous system is still very immature, not only that, but she is getting use to her new environment which use to be snug and secure. She also has a reflex called the "Moro" reflex, which startles babies as they fall asleep. Have you tried to swaddle her in a blanket? This will help with the startle reflex. Some babies get reflux disease, colic and sour stomachs, depending on what formula you are giving them. Make an appt with her doctor to find out more. Hugs mama hang in there.
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        08/06/14
        I learned quickly that she was going to have to be a tummy sleeper. I don't believe her formula does bother her at all she has never spit up and has completely normal poops and she doesn't kick her legs like her tummy is hurting her. When she sleeps during the day its 20 minutes at the most. When i put her down at night I do have her swaddled against me so her blankets do smell like mommy when she gets put down. The day time can just be hard when I'm all alone.
        This is why humans lived in groups or "tribes" ... it really does take a village. I only have two hands.
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          08/06/14
          I learned quickly that she was going to have to be a tummy sleeper. I don't believe her formula does bother her at all she has never spit up and has completely normal poops and she doesn't kick her legs like her tummy is hurting her. When she sleeps during the day its 20 minutes at the most. When i put her down at night I do have her swaddled against me so her blankets do smell like mommy when she gets put down. The day time can just be hard when I'm all alone.
          This is why humans lived in groups or "tribes" ... it really does take a village. I only have two hands.
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            08/06/14
            I completely understand, Krista! My son was the same way. I've learned with the younger girls, to take time to cuddle and hold, but also to put them down. When they were so little, I never let them scream.. just couldn't stand it. But I would usually put them down long enough to get something started, then go back and comfort.. over and over. Grace is now almost 6 mos and will fuss herself to sleep sometimes, but is used to being put down. It's hard, I know. you want to give them everything, but at the same time they have to know how to lay down for a bit. try starting by putting her in sight of you, that seemed to help. I keep a blanket on the kitchen floor to lay her on until she can sit in the high chair.
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              08/06/14
              Try finding something that comforts her. I use a little bassinet and bouncer which both have "vibration" that seems to help A LOT and also try getting a sound maker that has womb sounds or heartbeat that could also be of help.....and I can not say this enough gas drops I was using with my little guy when he was only a week old, not gonna hurt and it sure seems to help my little guy! Best of luck!!!
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