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9 hours ago, pettie4sox said:

Any tips for dealing with a fussy newborn?

Sorry bud. It's going to feel like forever but promise it will just kinda evaporate. Your pediatrician should have some good tips based on if its around trouble staying asleep, getting to sleep, or discomfort.

For calming my kids down to sleep, I always felt like walking and bouncing them gently got them to a sleep state quickest, but my wife always rocked and didn't like the walking. When they were really crying, I did this I found on a youtube one day but now I can't find. I swaddled them (while still possible), and laid them on their back onto my lap while I was sitting, with their heads toward my knee. Then I would have my hands gently on their front, and rock my knees side to side while I shushed. 

I don't know how clear that is in text but it was my go-to. A lot of this stuff is in here:

This also won't help you for a few weeks, but we swore by this book. But we also may have just been lucky. 

https://www.amazon.com/Twelve-Hours-Sleep-Weeks-Step/dp/0525949593/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3GZH1D99VU8I3&keywords=12+weeks+of+sleep+by+12+weeks+old&qid=1656512769&sprefix=12+weeks+of+sleep+by+12+weeks+old%2Caps%2C65&sr=8-1

One thing that sucks is our infants always really calmed down in the rock 'n play chairs, which were inclined rockers. They have almost all been recalled. But I know last case scenario I'd also put mine in their car seat carrier and swing them back and forth in pretty wide swings.

This stuff all worked on my kids. Then I watched my cousins baby and none of it worked lol. But they like motion, shushing, sucking, and you'll find the right combo for your kid.

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Thanks bmags, I hope I don't get too annoying with this thread!

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20 minutes ago, pettie4sox said:

Thanks bmags, I hope I don't get too annoying with this thread!

Not at all.  It's a great time of life, and it is the time where we are all the least sure of ourselves.  It is 100% normal.

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13 hours ago, pettie4sox said:

Any tips for dealing with a fussy newborn?

Mine just turned 5 months a week ago. When he was really on a roll, I'd cradle him in my arms, take him by the faucet, and turn it on. It usually did the trick pretty quickly, so you're not just wasting gallons of water. 

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13 hours ago, pettie4sox said:

Any tips for dealing with a fussy newborn?

Well isn't that a billion dollar question.

Again, in my humble experience it is usually.... 1) tired 2) hungry 3) the need a new diaper 4) some form of irritation (sometimes that was me) sometimes it's that they twitch and startle themselves awake or something... 

And it really could be absolutely none of these.  Sorry I can't be more helpful.

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4 hours ago, bmags said:

Sorry bud. It's going to feel like forever but promise it will just kinda evaporate. Your pediatrician should have some good tips based on if its around trouble staying asleep, getting to sleep, or discomfort.

For calming my kids down to sleep, I always felt like walking and bouncing them gently got them to a sleep state quickest, but my wife always rocked and didn't like the walking. When they were really crying, I did this I found on a youtube one day but now I can't find. I swaddled them (while still possible), and laid them on their back onto my lap while I was sitting, with their heads toward my knee. Then I would have my hands gently on their front, and rock my knees side to side while I shushed. 

I don't know how clear that is in text but it was my go-to. A lot of this stuff is in here:

This also won't help you for a few weeks, but we swore by this book. But we also may have just been lucky. 

https://www.amazon.com/Twelve-Hours-Sleep-Weeks-Step/dp/0525949593/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3GZH1D99VU8I3&keywords=12+weeks+of+sleep+by+12+weeks+old&qid=1656512769&sprefix=12+weeks+of+sleep+by+12+weeks+old%2Caps%2C65&sr=8-1

One thing that sucks is our infants always really calmed down in the rock 'n play chairs, which were inclined rockers. They have almost all been recalled. But I know last case scenario I'd also put mine in their car seat carrier and swing them back and forth in pretty wide swings.

This stuff all worked on my kids. Then I watched my cousins baby and none of it worked lol. But they like motion, shushing, sucking, and you'll find the right combo for your kid.

The rock n play chairs were amazing.  They worked great with all our kids too.  Our 2nd actually slept in hers overnight ALOT.  For some reason it was just better for her than the bassinet.  

Our kids all really gravitated towards the pacifiers too.  They were always really helpful.

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Has anyone ever hired help with kid?  Nannies, doulas, au pairs, etc…?

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24 minutes ago, pettie4sox said:

Has anyone ever hired help with kid?  Nannies, doulas, au pairs, etc…?

When our kids were young we couldn't afford it.  We sent our kids to a daycare for their young years that doubled as a preschool.

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On 7/1/2022 at 9:40 AM, pettie4sox said:

Has anyone ever hired help with kid?  Nannies, doulas, au pairs, etc…?

My brother hired a nanny and has gone through two of them. He’s starting to look for a daycare and is having a hard time finding one that makes sense from a commute perspective. Make sure you get on a list for one now or soon if you are intending on using one.

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My kid spits up non-stop and eats a ton.  He is gaining weight and the pediatrician says he's OK.  How can you tell if a fussy baby is pain or is just hungry?  He seems like he writhing in pain from gas but you give him the bottle and he immediately ceases adverse emotions.  I'm so confused lol.

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So, much experience with this.  Big possibility of reflux/gerd.  I suggest baby sleeping with a crib wedge.  If the baby sounds congested after eating, it sounds like reflux.  There are all different kinds of formula to help, Alimentum helped us.   We had to get imaging done to see the reflux.  Also could be driven by some intolerance, our kids had milk protein issues.  The treatments that work are not fda approved, but work wonders.  You need a GI doc that will listen, some do not.  It normally manifests between week three and 6.....

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Are there GI docs that specialize with infants?  The issue is our bassinet is a Snoo so I don't know if they have a crib wedge attachment, I'll look into it.  It's really hard to tell with him, he doesn't cry much unless he's hungry which is a god send so far.  The parenting shtick is hard, I just want my kid to be comfortable.

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The wedge goes under the mattress typically.  Our sons cried all the time, needed constant bouncing, and never slept......i am holding our 3 week old daughter now and she is completely different.  Also, our sons would wiggle in pain so much they would almost jump out if our arms. .   

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