I'm a first-time mom, and I love my little girl, but I feel like I'm failing as a mother and losing my mind at the same time!
My baby is 6 weeks old, and she sleeps pretty great at night. She will usually sleep 4-5 hours, wake up for a quick feeding, and then go back to sleep for 2-3 more hours. She's pretty consistent as far as the time she's ready for bed, too.
But she refuses to nap during the day. She acts so tired, yawning and blinking her eyes. If I nurse her, she will fall asleep in my arms, but no matter what I try, she won't stay asleep. I have tried holding her, putting her in her crib, in her bassinet, in her swing, next to me in bed, etc., and it doesn't make any difference where she is or how she's sleeping. She won't sleep more than 10-15 minutes and then she's up again.
I can tell that sometimes it's gas that's waking her up, but other times I don't have a clue. I know she needs sleep so badly, and she's a lot more fussy when she doesn't nap, but I don't know how to help her sleep. Any suggestions?
And if it is gas, what can I do to help with that? I'm very careful about what I eat, and I try to burp her well (she's hard to burp). Sometimes she wakes up crying from the gas. I feel like I can't meet her needs, no matter what I try.
Someone please tell me this will get better--and soon!