I know they say not to sleep with your kids cause it could cause SIDS, but I have slept with all 3 of my kids including my 7 week old baby now ( I am not a toss and turn kind of persons I tend to stay in one position) but that is the only way I could keep my babies to sleep. Now I do have cousin's that put there babies in a basinet and they have said that there babies have done the same thing (with the staying up all night and crying) all they have said is they just had to deal with it, that there babies will grow out of it. To me I think its that the babies miss being so close to you because they were inside of us for 9 months (mine were 8 months.) All I could really say is hang in there it will get better, and if you don't work nap when she naps during the day, and if you do work try to nap at lunch or on your break. Don't stress your self out because you will stress your baby out and that will only cause more crying. Good luck!
I agree with EastTexasMommy... except I had to go to SOY milk because we found after trying to breast feed and 3 months later he was lactose intolerant, which he grew out of. But clocks or fans help calm them. I know they say not to lay babies on their bellies now, but that's what I did and wrapping him/swaddling with a blanket tight as I could was also helpful until the soy milk started to help. I used to just wrap tight and hold him in a rocking chair with a bedtime video playing ... and yes I did sleep in his room with him, also... he grew up to be a very successful and fine man who is now to become a father himself in January.
I give my lil girl a hot bath with baby magic night time soap and use the lotion afterwords. I really give my little one a real good rub down, back front feet legs,
If that dont help, maybe some ceral in her bottle. Just stay calm because she can pick up on your stress.. I alway sing the ABC's to my Bella and it seems to help.. Good luck..
My little guy did not like the basinet that we were lent from my aunt...he was awake every 20 minutes. He did however like the rocking sling we had (which cradled him at a slight incline and rocked) He'd be out for 4-6 hours easily, but some nights he wanted to lay on my chest and nothing was going to substitute. At 6 weeks we transitioned him to his crib and voila! Sleeping through the night within 2 nights. We did let him sleep on his tummy because he preferred it and we have an angel care monitor that goes off if something goes wrong. I would say experiment and see what works. A swing, a rocker, her crib? Her tummy, her back? She could be refluxing that could be painful when you lay her down or she could just be one of those babies that feels insecure without you holding her.
So sorry you're having trouble!! I think the beginning is the hardest because the babies are still so unpredictable... I had a few nights where I got so frustrated I wanted to throw him out the window! (But I didn't.;) One thing I wish I had known then and that would make me do a few things differently next time is that just because they won't do something now doesn't mean they won't do it tomorrow or next week. Keep trying... and try to stay calm. For me during the day, the only way to get my son to stay asleep in the beginning was to wear him in a baby carrier. And some nights I had to sleep sitting with him in a recliner. I hope it gets better soon and you both get some rest!!!
My son did that too. I think he hate laying flat. So, I ended up strapping him into his bouncer most nights and it worked like a charm! It took us a while to figure it out, so I can relate to your fustration. Just take a deep breath and remember you're not doing anything wrong. You can't mind read to know what's going on. 6 weeks is still so fresh and young... so keep experimenting to see what is the best sleeping arrangement for you and your little one. My son slept in a bassinet right next to me (or the bouncer) for 3 months, then we worked on transitioning him into the crib in his room.
I had the same problem with mine. I wasn't comfortable sleeping with him because I was so afraid me or my husband would smother him. I had a bassinet next to the bed, and I would squish the boppy into it, and put him in the boppy. It made him feel like he was being held and snuggled so he would sleep.
When he got to big for that I bought a motion sensor monitor (Angelcare) that goes under the bassinet or crib mattress and let him sleep on his tummy. He slept good on his tummy, and having the sensor made me feel ok that he wouldn't suffocate. I still use the motion sensor monitor and he's 18 months old now. It helps me to sleep good knowing that if anything would happen the monitor alarm goes off. Well worth the money!
Good luck to you!
First of all, congratulations on your little baby girl. One thing that you can try that worked for me. I did this with all three of my kids. I laid them on my chest until they fell asleep then was able to put them in their beds. When they woke up in the middle of the night for feeding. I would breast feed and then let them lay on me once asleep put them back in their beds. I have always heard that babies want to smell their mommy at night to feel comfort so another thing I did was put something that smells like you in their bed (like a blanket). You can get one of your baby's blanket and sleep with it to get your scent on it then put it in her bed. Sounds a little crazy but it actually worked. Good luck and it does get better.
A shirt with your scent is great advice. It's exactly what I was going to say. It has worked with all four of my children. Also if the baby is still crying have the shirt hang over the shoulders and put a little pressure on her back and arm, as if you are still holding them while you rock the bassinet. But I noticed this works faster after a full belly and a nice bath. Hope it helps. Best of luck