Re: Am I doing something wrong?? 2 week old only happy at br
Evening fussiness, sometimes so severe that it can be called colic, is really normal and common at this age. Both my kids were evening screamers from about 3 weeks to about 3 months. You could set the clock by them. For DD1 the screaming commenced at 7:00 and wound up at 9:00. For DD2, the screaming started at 8:00 and tapered off around 1 am. Fun times!
The only thing that stopped the screamfest with DD1 was a bottle. We were bottle-feeding anyway due to some severe latch issues. Eventually we settled into a routine. At 7 pm, I would try to nurse. If DD1 didn't take the breast, my DH offered her a bottle while I pumped the next night's bottle. Eventually, around 3 months, she suddenly stopped needing the bottle and started simply nursing at that time of day.
With DD2, nursing was going really well and we weren't using bottles. So when the evening screamathon started, I'd offer the breast, and if that didn't work I'd try one of the following:
- Motion (stroller ride, swing, sling, rock, bounce on exercise ball)
- Warm bath (this worked like magic!)
- Trip outside
Some other things that help:
- Calm house (lights, tv, and stereo down or off)
- White noise (static, vacuum cleaner noise, dryer sounds, etc.)
- Holding baby close to bare skin
I know this is REALLY hard but I swear that it's also temporary!
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"