My 11 week gets about 6 hours of sleep at night, from about 9:30/10 until 4ish. But during the day she sleeps maybe 20 minutes at a time. I've tried holding her, putting her in her swing, swaddling her, putting her in her crib and boppy but she will still wake up in about 20 minutes. She gets so tired and fussy that nothing will calm her. I don't know what to do. I've tried giving her a small bottle to see if getting really full will help her sleep alittle longer but that doesnt work. Any suggestions???
Are you burping her well enough? You might want to try using some Gripe Water. I found that the best brand was the generic CVS stuff. They'll have it near the baby gas drops at your local CVS. Try giving her the suggested amount after a feeding. Being totally honest, I kept getting really bad indigestion before I had my gallbladder taken out. I used gripe water myself. It is so soothing! She probably just has a slightly upset tummy. It won't hurt to try.
I had the same thing with my son. We found the wonders of a swing and he got much better. Before he was just like yours but only sleeping 4 hours at a time at night and 20-50 min at a time in the day. The swing helped him sleep for 1-2 hours at a time in the day and he was able to stay up longer and happier after his naps and sleep up to 6 hours at night. Even though most of the time it was only 4 hours still....hungry man what can I say. For us it was swing or mommy had to hold him the entire time and rock him. Daddy wasn't good enough for sleeping.
The only thing that worked for my son was putting him in his car carrier (I'd prop up the end, so he wasn't angled) and then start rocking it when he started stirring. He started sleeping longer. But now that he's started wriggling out of his carrier, I've stopped using, so I'm back to square one. A good nap is only guaranteed if I'm holding him and he's 6 months. If I catch him at the right time, I can lay him down and vacuum and he'll fall asleep. It's really hit or miss. My husband had to run some errands the other day. I ended up going with him just so our son would fall asleep in the car. LOL. Luckily, he's not fussy all the time b/c of it. Since you're dealing with fussiness, I'd highly recommend a wrap of some kind like the moby wrap or boba wrap. My son loves the moby wrap. I haven't used the boba wrap, but it looks like it may be a little easier than the moby wrap. Elizabeth Pantley also writes a book called the No Cry Nap Solution, which has some helpful info in it.
I'm going thru the same thing. At night my baby girl sleeps any where from 3-4 hours. During the day 20-45 minutes. Sometimes she doesn't even sleep. I got to go back to work in three weeks also. Stressing cause I don't thing she's sleeping enough and only sleeps while I'm holding her during the day. Is hard to do anything... The thing is, she's not fuzzy, she acts well so I don't know what to do either. Anyone that can help us? Suggestions?