why is my baby fussy in the evening
Does it seem like baby is happy and content all day only to get fussy at night for no apparent reason? If you answered yes to this question, don t worry, you aren t alone. Why does this happen? 1. Normal Development
During the first few months of life crying is part of baby s normal development. Crying increases between 2 and 3 weeks and usually peaks around 6 to 8 weeks. 2. Overtired To help avoid having an overtired baby make sure they are getting enough naps in during the day and start your bedtime routine about an hour before you want your baby asleep. If you donвt already have one establish a bedtime routine, it can make a world of difference. 3. Overstimulated Try to avoid physical activity and loud animated verbal interactions with your baby in the 2-3 hours before bedtime. 4. Gas PainsВ If your baby is fussy, squirmy and keeps pulling his or her legs up they may be experiencing gas pains. You can try to ease their gas pain by laying them on their backs and moving their legs and hips in a bicycle motion to try to break the gas bubbles up so they can pass them.
A warm bath can help and our gripe water is a safe and natural remedy for baby gas relief. 5. Colic Colic is often identified by the rule of 3вs: begins within the first 3 weeks of life, lasts at least 3 hours a day, at least 3 times a week for at least 3 weeks. Our gripe water is a gentle and effective way to treat colic in babies. Massage has also been shown to help ease babyвs discomfort. 6. Less Attention If you have older children baby may be getting less attention later in the day when their activities may be taking over. What you can do. 1. Skin to Skin Contact Baby s really respond to skin to skin contact, if you can take off baby s clothes and lay them on your bare chest. There are also some shirts now that allow for this type of kangaroo care. 2. Walk around Holding baby or having baby in a В carrier while walking around or bouncing can be a great way to calm baby. 3. Night Time Gripe Water Mommy s Bliss new is great to ease baby s stomach discomfort from gas or colic and help them fall asleep. 4.
Burp Make sure you are burping after all feedings if you think gas might be the source of baby s crying. If you have any concerns always consult with your baby s doctor. The "witching hour" is what my mom calls it. that span from 4pm-7pm when babies just fuss and complain and want to be held nonstop. Why does this happen? During the first few months of life, babies can be very fussy right around dinner time. Some studies say that this is because young infants become overstimulated very easily and that by the late afternoon they are just completely exhausted from the day. Others hypothesize that this is one of the most energy-filled times of the day. Partners are coming home from work, siblings are home from school, dinner is being made, the TV might be on. that is a lot of commotion for a baby to process. For breastfeeding moms, excess breast milk that accumulated while "sleeping" at night has dwindled and now the baby is removing the milk as it is being made, which may slow down the flow of milk. Lastly, babies are fussy during these hours because they want to eat. they are trying to load up on calories, so that they can sleep for a longer chunk of time at night.
What can I do to get through it and still keep my sanity? 1. Breastfeed often. Lots of small meals during these hours may equal one large feed, which will allow your baby to hopefully sleep a little bit longer. 2. Wear your baby. My son hung out in a baby carrier from 4-8pm every night from 6 weeks until 3 1/2 months. This way, I could bounce him, sing to him, soothe him, and feed him while still preparing dinner, eating dinner, and bathing my older son. 3. Prepare dinner in the morning. Babies are usually calmer in the morning before overstimulation sets in. Use your crockpot, make casseroles and chili, make larger portions and freeze the left-overs. This way, dinner is one less thing you have to think about during your baby's fussy time. 4. Take a breath. Your baby's late afternoon fussiness should subside between three and four months of age. Then she/he will begin to enjoy attention and engagement during these hours.
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