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Old 10-01-2011, 06:04 PM   #1
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How do i unstimulate and overstimulated 3 month old?

Prefacing by saying Im a totally clueless FTM.

I have noticed that DS has a very rough night and we have a very tough time getting him down after he has a very "stimulating day". For example, today my parents and his 2 aunties came and we went shopping all day. From going to place to place and being passed around and played with all day long, he didnt nap at all today and he was thrown off his usual schedule with feedings - quantity and timing. Now he is super fussy and crying and even though we agreed to do bathtime, jammies and feeding/rocking to have him in bed by 9 like usual, DH just yelled for me to make him a bottle already. Way to stick to the plan DH.

Are there any tips for avoiding this in the future? I feel like we have come so far with kicking the colic fussy time, and starting to be a super happy baby that sleeps through the night. Now days like this bring us right back to angry baby

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Old 10-01-2011, 06:20 PM   #2
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Best way is to avoid days like that. But sticking to your bed time routine should help, but I wouldn't stick to your guns about regular bedtime. If he's ready to go to sleep, rock him in a dark room and put him to bed. Keeping him up will just make him grouchier. You have to compensate for lack of naps. Good Luck. Our dd got over stimulated really easy- just about anything out of the ordinary would throw her for a loop, it is defiantly no fun.
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Old 10-01-2011, 06:21 PM   #3
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I think you may have to reconcile yourself to the fact that, while he's a baby, you're going to have to make some lifestyle changes. DH and I always said that we wouldn't structure our lives around a baby - our baby would have to adjust to our lives. HA! That is just not how it works! Naptime is a priority, and so are feedings, and if that means that you can't be out of the house for more than an hour at a time, well, that's just life with a baby! Over time, I think it gets easier to get out with baby a little more often for slightly longer stretches, but even at 6 months old, I would not try to tackle a full-day shopping trip. Hope your sweet little guy settles down and gets some good rest tonight!
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Old 10-01-2011, 06:41 PM   #4
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When you were out and about... where was your lil one? In a stroller? Carseat?
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I think you may have to reconcile yourself to the fact that, while he's a baby, you're going to have to make some lifestyle changes. DH and I always said that we wouldn't structure our lives around a baby - our baby would have to adjust to our lives. HA! That is just not how it works! Naptime is a priority, and so are feedings, and if that means that you can't be out of the house for more than an hour at a time, well, that's just life with a baby! Over time, I think it gets easier to get out with baby a little more often for slightly longer stretches, but even at 6 months old, I would not try to tackle a full-day shopping trip. Hope your sweet little guy settles down and gets some good rest tonight!
Ditto! DD gets overstimulated SO easily. Everything they experience is new, which is so hard to remember for us.
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Re: How do i unstimulate and overstimulated 3 month old?

Any time we visited family and DD was passed around a lot or we had a busy day, we had crazy periods of overstimulated crying at night. What worked was the 5 S's that are found in Happiest Baby on the Block. Swaddle, Side/stomach, shush, swing, suck. We swaddled her, laid her on her side or stomach against us, shushed her pretty loudly or turned on white noise, bounced her up and down/rocked/walked her around/danced her around, and the sucking part not so much because she didn't like pacifiers and I can't do all that while nursing. The combination of all that always calmed her right down.
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Re: How do i unstimulate and overstimulated 3 month old?

Thanks mamas! We got him down (fingers crossed) with a bit of struggle, but i dont want to jinx it. He was in the stroller for most of the day and car seat during the ride (of course)
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Thanks mamas! We got him down (fingers crossed) with a bit of struggle, but i dont want to jinx it. He was in the stroller for most of the day and car seat during the ride (of course)
My youngest use to get like this then I changed how I did busy days, if we HAD to go out and about to do errands I wore her face towards me with her head covered they say that it is bad for young babes to be facing out because its just too much to take in the whole world like that. We limited visitors or atleast the passing around. It helped a lot and we just didnt go out much. Good luck
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Thanks mamas! We got him down (fingers crossed) with a bit of struggle, but i dont want to jinx it. He was in the stroller for most of the day and car seat during the ride (of course)
The best way to avoid it is to avoid days like that, and just do a little shopping and a little passing around. If you can't, please please get yourself an awesome baby carrier and wear your baby (facing in only). This way, he can still be close to you and know he's safe, he can nap comfortably, and he can bury his head when things get overstimulating. Babies who are worn for long periods in the day sleep better for naps and nights.
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What I found helps with keeping them from being overstimulated is carrying them close to you in a carrier (babywearing). They can sleep that way and it makes them secure. You should look into it the next time you need to do something like that for the day. I did it with my youngest and it has been a Godsend!
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