Frustrated when your baby only sleeps when held?
If you’re like most newborn parents, your baby screams constantly if he’s not held by someone, or will only calm down when he’s carried and walked around the house.
Maybe it takes at least an hour just to get him to sleep, and it doesn’t help when he won’t lie flat in the crib. He needs you to feed him to sleep, but then wakes up five minutes later when he realizes you’re no longer holding him. You’re then stuck having to repeat the cycle all over again, with even more screaming and crying.
He won’t sleep anywhere else but in someone’s arms—not the play pen, not the vibrating infant chair, not even the stroller, which everyone swore all babies would love.
This doesn’t even count other kids you may have who also need your attention, or that you’re likely alone with the baby most of the time. How can you cope with a baby who doesn’t want to be put down?
The newborn stage is hard, no doubt. You’re conflicted between trying to set your baby up with good sleeping habits, with trying to survive and get any kind of break for yourself. This is the stage when babies are too young for any formal sleep training, so it’s easy to feel stuck, like we have no other options but to wait it out.
And you worry you’re doing something wrong, something that will be hard to undo. But at the same time, you’re desperate for any kind of relief from the sleep deprivation and madness of it all.