So, Jane is 3 weeks and 2 days old. The first couple weeks home from the hospital were survival mode, not knowing what to expect, just being grateful for whatever sleep we got.
But now I feel like it’s getting to the point where we should at least have sort of a schedule, know a little bit what to expect, or at least that she should not be screaming almost anytime she’s not sleeping or nursing.
But she is screaming. Right now, laying on the boppy on my lap. On and off for hours this morning and this evening with a 2 1/2 hour nap in between.
She’s not hungry. She could be tired, but how do you get a screaming baby to sleep? (I tried to put her down before she was so upset, when I saw the yawning “cue”…about 2 hours ago.) She’s got a clean diaper, and I’m pretty certain not in pain.
Everything I try seems to calm her anywhere from momentarily to a few minutes: Swaddling, shushing, walking, putting her in the Moby wrap, the swing, going into the bathroom with the heat fan. Sometimes she even falls asleep for a few minutes, only to wake up in the exact same position and start screaming again.
A book I was given yesterday – The Baby Whisperer – says to establish a flexible “eat, activity, sleep” routine. It makes sense when I’m reading it, but seems to leave out key parts like what exactly to do when they’re “overtired” and screaming. Some books say wear your baby all the time. Some say let them cry it out. I’m really sick of books.
So I’m asking, what did you do? Or if there are actually helpful books out there, what are they?