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12/02/2007, 01:38 PM
Hi, I have a three month old baby girl who is pretty much the perfect baby when we are at home. She happily goes off to sleep in her cot without much settling required. When we are out however she is a very unsettled, crannky little miss. She has probably only ever fallen asleep in the pram once or twice. I have tried putting a bunny rug over the pram so there are not too many distractions - but she hates that and just screams louder. I have tried taking a bunny rug from home and putting it over her in the pram so she would feel secure. I have tried hanging toys on the pram but I think that just distracts her more when she is trying to go to sleep. She will fall asleep in the car on the way to somewhere and I can transfer her into the pram while asleep but she usually wakes up within about 20 minutes and does not go back to sleep. This wouldn't worry me if she was happy but she is tired and gets very cranky very quickly. The only way I can get her back to sleep is to carry her (which is not always practical) and then if I put her back into the pram once again she wakes within about 20 minutes. I vaguely recall this happening with my first daughter but I think she just got used to it eventually and was able to fall asleep easily in the pram. I have got a baby pouch thing and she will also fall asleep in that but I remember reading that you should not carry them in that for more than an hour or so??? Anyone got any ideas???
DD1 2 years 9months
mad madam mim
12/02/2007, 06:39 PM
does she have something like a comforter that she can fall asleep with like her fave teddy or one of those snuggle blankets?? my ds doesnt really sleep in his pram when we r out at a shop or something because of the noise so we try to work around his sleep patterns and hes quite happy aslong as hes not tired and he has his little comforter that he sleeps with now which works great for us as long as we remember it lol
12/02/2007, 09:00 PM
My DD is similar and will only sleep in her pram occassionally. Makes going shopping a bit of a pain
In saying this I was talking to another mother about it and she said try not putting a blanket over the pram but instead walk under a stream of continuous lights e.g the isle of a supermarket where the isles are lined with fluros. She said the continuous lights flickering above bubs head sends them off to sleep.
This makes heaps of sense to me, in fact I was in Coles the other day and DD fell asleep in her pram, no blanket, no toys - NOTHING. I was very excited.
13/02/2007, 07:52 PM
I'm pretty much the same. DD is very unpredictable in her ability to sleep away from home and I really envy all those mums who have babies that can just fall asleep anywhere! I guess it will get easier over the coming months when baby can stay awake a bit longer. Until then, I race around in the short window of opportunity that I have!
When you are at home trying using the pram sometimes to get her use to it.
I also say that as because when you are out you don't like to let the baby cry but when you are at home you can keep going with it.
Try doing this often or going for walks every 2nd day.
I just did the same as what I would do in the cot and after a while my DD new that it was not going to work her way.
17/02/2007, 02:51 PM
Mine doesn't like sleeping away from home either! We were just having this conversation today. He will sleep in the pram for about 10mins if it is still. If we are moving he will sleep a bit longer, but not much. He doesn't even like the car much and is quiet for about 10mins but then starts crying and basically won't stop until he is fed or picked up and soothed. This is a bit annoying as I am trying to keep my 2yo occupied (and my sanity intact
) by going out in the mornings. I don't feel confident going any more than about a 10 minute drive away from home!
17/02/2007, 07:21 PM
My DS is the same! Perfect sleeper at home, terrible out in the pram or car etc.
However, my DD was the total opposite and it was a much bigger problem. She would only sleep in the car or the pram during the day, not her cot. I ended up in that horrible position of having to take her out in the pram or car, or to push the pram around the house for EVERY day sleep. Not much fun. She woke a lot during the nights too.
So like some of the PPs I just try to make day trips quick until he gets older and I know he can be awake for longer periods without getting unsettled. A bit of a pain, but having a good sleeper at home (including sleeping throught the night) is bliss for me!
DD - 2.5 years
DS - 11 weeks
18/02/2007, 12:54 PM
Instead of a carrier, could you try a sling? It shouldnt matter how long she is in it then as they are gentler on their back
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