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#1 NicolinaO

Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:17 AM

DS is 4 months now and whilst he has always been a hyper baby (always had issues with napping, no trouble sleeping at night though). Lately though, he is almost impossible to calm down. He can't concentrate, will stop a feed if the dog walks into the room. Of course you then have to talk to the dog instead of finishing your feed! Same with napping, if I after rocking/bouncing/feeding/anything-I-can-think-of have gotten him to a drowsy state where he may just be about to nod off... the cat moves in the other side of the room.. and he's wide awake again talking to the cat.

This morning after a good night sleep, he won't even take his morning feed properly. He usually gulps it down. But not today. because the he seen his father, the dog, the fan...
Can't be overtired in this instance as he just woke up?

Is this just "wonder week" stuff? A phase? Are all the other baby's out there just the same? or is the little man wrapping me around his fingers doing whatever he wants?

#2 nicknick

Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:56 AM

It is definitely a stage, my DD is exactly the same - very hard to find the "off button". She is very similar, the most minor thing will stop her feeding - drives me mad as I am constantly trying to get her milk into her. I do find her mornings and nights are good, just during the day she is in constant go mode. I would love to say it got better but unfortunately the older she gets the more she can do and its now at 9 months still the same battle BUT the saving grace is she eats well which does make it easier to ensure the tummy is full. As long as he keeps growing I think thats all you can watch and if in doubt check him with your ECHN or GP.

Edited by nicknick, 25 February 2013 - 09:57 AM.


#3 Mum2TwoDSs

Posted 25 February 2013 - 10:20 AM

I think they are definitely getting more alert and start noticing the world around them. they dont remain sleepy babies. My bub is also 4 months + and has started noticing our dog and his eyes will follow his movements. He has this expression that goes "Oh...what's this funny creature that looks different from mummy and daddy?" He doesnt start 'talking' though, just quietly observing.

#4 NicolinaO

Posted 25 February 2013 - 10:32 AM

thanks for the replies. yeh I figure he is just starting to figure this world out a bit more.. it is frustrating for him and me when he is so over tired in the day and very difficult when he wont feed properly as this means he might nod off but wakes up again as he is hungry....
he constantly "talks" and is wide awake with any, whatever minor, stimuli. Laughing and talking away again. then screams in anger when whatever "fun" thing isnt there anymore.

#5 nicknick

Posted 25 February 2013 - 10:47 AM

He is very cute, I guess with a smile like in your pic you cant get mad at that little face original.gif He just sounds like a clever little boy. Yes re the hunger you are right, but it won't be long and you can start solids which hopefully solves the hunger a little.

Edited by nicknick, 25 February 2013 - 10:50 AM.


#6 Mum2TwoDSs

Posted 25 February 2013 - 12:07 PM

Yeah that is one thing, if bub doesnt drink enough in the day he will wake at night to compensate. original.gif

Can you feed him somewhere where there is least distraction? Like find a boring quiet corner of the house and try to feed him there most times.

#7 NicolinaO

Posted 25 February 2013 - 01:44 PM

thanks nicknick - yes he is very cute (who would have thought I would think so haha) and yes quite a clever little man it seems. He wants to do it all, and now. Will probably be more than a handful when..... hang on he is already original.gif
he is actually starting solids, I know the verdict is still out on when is best, we have started as he enjoys it (as can be seen on my pic too). Doesn't seem to keep him full for longer though.. but seems more entertaining to him, so can get some of that in him when he just wont calm down to bf.

I do go hide in the darkened bedroom at night Mumto2DSs. and it does work. only he seems to find something to be fascinated by just about everywhere. the room needs to be pitch black for that to work, which it only is at night.

he actually had a good midday sleep today after being at it non stop since waking at 7. Woke up a couple of times but settled himself back asleep! So much happier atm, and feeding ok as Im typing. fingers crossed he stays on this track for the rest of the day so he gets to fuel up properly.


#8 NicolinaO

Posted 25 February 2013 - 01:46 PM

by the way, it also worries me that his sporadic and never finished properly eating will affect my supply. Anyone had problems with that under similar circumstances?

#9 Jenferal

Posted 25 February 2013 - 01:50 PM

I used to take my daughter into her room on the rocking chair for feeds. Curtains shut and lights off.
I also found letting her play with the drawstring tie on my trackpants while feeding an absolute life and feed saver!
She'd play with it while feeding. You can also get breastfeeding necklaces for a baby to play with while feeding. I think Pinky Mckay sells some too.


#10 Kay1

Posted 25 February 2013 - 01:51 PM

I find a selection of bright and garish necklaces works wonders in these situations! There is a store on Etsy called Kangaroo Care that sells some that are actually pretty. original.gif

#11 NicolinaO

Posted 25 February 2013 - 02:16 PM

ahhhh *penny just dropped - yes I am blond* that is what those bfing necklaces are for! omg. the things you don't know until you need to huh. I will find a necklace to entertain him with and see if it works, hopefully he will be busy with it rather than looking at everything else.
Thanks ladies original.gif




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