Settles for short periods then wakes, crying, not settling

This sound like discomfort from gastric reflux. All babies have it to some degree – some are worse than others and require medication. Try:

  • feeding baby in a more upright position (let his bottom drop down onto your leg),
  • raise the head of the bassinette (can be 30 degrees),
  • hold upright for about 15 minutes after a feed.

If you check National Geographic magazines – all the babies are carried by their mums, in an upright position. They never seem to have ‘white, civilized’ babies pictured. This is the traditional way that all babies were carried prior to the industrial revolution and the invention of cots, prams and footpaths.