My baby girl is just about to turn one month. I'm looking to get some deeper understanding of what she's feeling and what's frustrating her when she's unhappy.
She fusses, and sometimes screams furiously, when she is put down, whether on her back or stomach, or in a swing. She's generally less fussy when in the Baby Bjorn, especially if I'm moving, and likes to be rocked or bounced when held.
However, often even rocking or bouncing her won't work, and she seems to be very uncomfortable and frustrated, kicking her legs and waving her arms. At these times two methods calm her without fail:
Holding her under the armpits and lifting her slowly up and down, using my fingers to balance her head from the back. The problem is I can't keep this up long, as it quickly tires my shoulders and arms.
Putting her in a warm bath.
I'd like to know if these preferences might indicate something more general that I could do to keep her comfortable and less fussy -- something that doesn't involve a continuous bath or weightlifing with a 10lb baby for hours :)
I've tried swaddling and shushing, but these generally don't help in her case.
I should also add that all of the above is referring to times where she's already been recently fed and changed, so those aren't what's causing her discomfort.
Thanks so much for any advice!