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Baby Sleep What is Normal?
Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Getting healthy sleep habits in place right from the start can make all the difference in the months and years to come. Plus it will save you, the parents, needless sleep deprivation and fatigue. Some babies go to sleep easily and wake up all the time. Others have problems to settle but once they sleep they will stay asleep. And then there are these babies that neither fall asleep easily nor do they stay asleep leaving the most loving parents nerve-wracked and overtired in no time with dark circles under the eyes.
You'll see. I promise you, you will love this one. This chapter alone will save you a lot of sleepless nights. This quick to read guide has tons of golden nuggets to help you dodge sleepless nights. To say there won't be any of them would be a lie. However why suffer more than necessary? Remember you are in it for the long run. You need to make sure that your needs are met too as your health and happiness are extremely important factors in creating a secure and loving home for your baby. Balance is crucial.
Your newborn will keep you on your feet and you have to have the stamina to keep up with it. It did with our first too. My mind says this is okay even though I know I am going against the current advice of back is best, because my Mom had 6 kids and we were all stomach slept. Wake time is especially important after feedings so he can get all of his burps out, be comfortable on his tummy. When your little one wakes in the night, have you tried giving her a pacifier? Also, you should know that we formula feed. I know my sister, who breast fed all of her children, was feeding around the clock for a while.
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Good for you. I think there is a lot we can do as parents to help our children develop good sleep habits, but I also think it is important to be flexible, relax, and keep your stress level down. Thank you so much for taking the time to reply to my post! I am going to try to stay strong, calm, and work with her to hopefully get her sleeping in longer stretches at night again, and to tank up during the day as much as possible.
She has been super distracted and jiggly during her daytime feeds lately…. I appreciate you sharing your tips and advice with me. I have been wanting to phase out swaddling, but after watching her first few naps in the swing without it , she is SO active kicking and flailing her arms around that I thought she still needs it to get to and stay asleep. That time she did sleep in her crib for 30 minutes after I flipped her on her back and helped calm her down, but I think just because she had cried herself to exhaustion.
Help please! I would say on average he gets hours of sleep in a 24 hour period. I KNOW that is not ok! How do I help him nap, especially during the day? Oh you poor thing. If so I personally would carry him constantly for a few days, so he can catch up on sleep a bit and not be so terribly overtired. When you have a difficult baby, weeks is the hardest. I promise you it will get better!
You have lots of time to make changes later when the super fussy stage ends. My baby is 11 weeks old and her schedule is still all over the place. The nap is the only long nap lasting from Is this ok? Is it too late of a nap? I almost have to wake him for feedings, then he falls asleep from said feeding. He does get a bit fussy at night though, but nothing at all like the nightmare I was told it would be.
I usually start to doze off nursing him cause he nurses for sooo long. He checks out just fine at the pediatrician, has a normal amount of dirty diapers and eats just fine. My 4-week-old has a semblance of a sleep routine, which I am very thankful for! She is generally fussy from 6 pmpm, and goes to bed between and At night she usually has her first feed at the She is usually fussy in the morning until she has a nap or a series of short naps in the early afternoon, and her next nap starts somewhere between 4 and 7.
She is fussy from about 6pm until bedtime. I am supremely grateful that things are getting slightly predictable but the only problem is that a lot of the community baby activities especially a new moms class I signed up for in a couple weeks seem to start at 10am. I am leary of waking her early and disrupting her routine lest I end up with terrible nights again or longer fussy periods. But if this continues I will miss out on a lot, and possibly be forced to disrupt her sometimes anyway for things like doctors appointments.
Should I just let her sleep and schedule around her, waiting for time to make her bedtime and wake up time earlier? Or should I try waking her gradually earlier at this young age? I am a first-time mom and have a 10 month old daughter. My daughter had similar sleeping patterns like your infant. I work in the medical fields with adults, so no pediatric experience except during my education.
I strongly feel that we underestimate the importance of sleep and the need for uninterupted sleep in our society and I feel that infants need any minute they can get to sleep without external interuption until their brain is mature enough to establish a sleep pattern on their own and only with parents help if they cannot find their own. Babys brains mature and grow during sleep so sleep is essential for their healthy development. My daughter had very random sleeping patterns when she was 3 months old but this time passed and starting around 5 months she developed her own sleeping pattern.
She goes to bed between She takes two naps during the day, one around 10am and one around 3pm. I therefore decided for myself and my babys health and well-being to let her sleep when she wanted as long as she wanted. We practise attachment parenting. So, babys now best what is good for them if we allow ourselves to listen to them. Good luck in finding what works for you. I do not believe in letting babys cry it out! We practise attachment parenting and there is no need to use the practise of letting baby cry it out. Babys will get more agitated and are not able to develop this so important skill of trust in their early life.
I have a question though. On the chart is has an estimated bedtime for each age group. My question is specifically for the 6 week to 3 month group.
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Does bedtime count as the time they actually fall asleep? I know bedtime with older children is different than sleep time. My baby slept 3 hours at daycare today. Should I be concerned? This is not normal for her. She is 1 year old. And I must not that she has a cold. And I must note that she has a cold. Do you think the cold played a part in this? She needed her sleep to get over the cold! Our bodies need every ounce of energy to fight an infection so the body automatically sleeps to preserve energy to fight off the cold.
I have a question about baby sleep! We go in as flip her over, but she just flips the other way a moment later! Lately my husband and I have been letting her CIO for 10 minutes and then we go in, flip her the way she likes to sleep and try to soothe her. It works sometimes, but other times we have to take her out and rock her to sleep.
My baby is 5 months and 3 weeks old and he sleeps about 18 hours every day. When he is awake is very busy but doesnt like to be alone for long. Is it normal for him to sleep so much? I really appreciate all the baby sleep info! So helpful! So I have a very unhappy little man…he is 10 weeks old and just started on reflux meds.
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I have him on a pretty strict schedule otherwise he is so inconsolable. Wakes at 7… Eats every three hours and takes about 4 naps a day hrs long. I look for sleep cues and as soon as he yawns I quickly swaddle him and put him to sleep in his crib awake. My question is he showing sleep cues so soon after waking…usually within 1 hour of waking.
Should I try to extend this wake time to make it longer? How should I handle bed time when he is napping so late. Thank you in advance! It sounds to me like you are doing great! Some days we get 3 naps but most days are still 4. I have read elsewhere that dropping to 3 naps by 5 months is typical and that seems right to me. Hope all this makes sense I really am out of ideas! Any advice is very much appreciated.
I have a 7 week old that I need some help with sleeping, both at night and naps during the day. She is breastfed. I have scoured countless websites looking for tips and advice on how this can be improved and now hope you can provide some insight into where I am going wrong. We have a bedtime routine which consists of bath, massage, feed then put down to sleep.
We keep lighting and noise low. The first portion of sleep is good and usally the longest, hours. From then on the duration of sleep is progressively shorter after each wakening. It is also harder to get her to sleep as the morning progresses. I am trying not to let her sleep on me, but find more often than not this is the best solution for her to sleep anything longer than 1 hour past am. Up until now, she falls asleep not completely asleep but in a light sleep I guess you can call it, eyes closed but moves about when put in her moses basket.
I am currently swaddling her for naps and bedtime. Have yet to use white noise. My first question is how awake should they be when you put them down? So now am conscisouly trying to get her to nap when she shows signs of tiredness. I find it very difficult to get her to nap during the day and think she gets overtired because of my struggle which only exasperates the issue.
How can I improve the ease in which she falls asleep for a nap? Please help! She nurses to sleep at feeds on my knee and the same at night but as soon as I lay her down she wakens. I just stumbled upon this page yesterday and have already read through most of your posts! You see, I have a lot of time to do that since I have a baby who hates sleep.
At which point my husband feeds him a bottle of breast milk and then he will not go back to sleep for the next hours. We place him in his bassinet and rock it, but he will cry the moment it stops moving. We try the pacifier but he will usually wake up the moment he spits it out.
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The swing works sometimes, but again, he wakes up the moment it stops swinging. My son will be eight weeks old in two days and he is a struggle when it comes to napping. Currently, our bedtime routine begins at pm. He goes down drowsy but not asleep. He will usually fall asleep on his own around pm. Sometimes we may have to go back in if his pacifier falls out or he needs some additional rocking. Am I doing something wrong in my routines? Should I be concerned that he only wants to take cat naps?
The pack and play is probably not soothing enough. A lot of 8 week olds need a LOT of soothing. Swing, swaddle, and white noise are powerful tools. Also check out Dr. This was after reading this article- in order to have things be the same when our 6m old woke up in the middle of the night. Earlier, 30 min earlier until he was waking up the same as he was before! I did this for a month. I did CIO at nap time too in order to be consistent. I tried to follow the advice but my baby refused to take a bottle. I decided to stop sleep training at that point.
Now I just hold my baby and nurse him for naps. Waking 2 times a night also he did pop out a tooth so he may have been teething. After the tooth coming out he started sleeping a lot better!!! My point is that this advice did not work for my child!!!! No cry sleep solution, Ferber, happiest baby no! Also I want to add that at first months my baby slept like a perfect angel for hours every night. Does that mean that all the advice shared here or in leading books is pointless?
Also I say Happiest Baby yes! To clarify, I am not happy about the fact that my baby refuses to eat or the fact that I have to hold him for naps to get him to eat! This is ridiculous! My point is nothing has worked for me, and the advice on this blog and books turned my baby into a having failure to thrive! I am at a complete loss and have no idea what to do! Even when I know he is starving he wont eat, unless I am sitting in his bedroom on glider. My baby is 4 months and one week old and can barely stay awake an hour and a half. He usually wakes for the day 12 hours after bedtime waking during the night to eat, but just eats and then right back to sleep.
We had our 4 month well check earlier this week and the Ped said he should only be taking 1 morning and 1 afternoon nap. Love, but resentment. So I wanted you to know. And a shitload of humor. And I wrote that too. That part was really, really fun. I may be a monster. Somebody messaged me today saying her favorite passage in my book was the dinosaur porn one. Here it is:. Because your holier-than-thou shit makes me worry you watch dinosaur porn after the kids go to bed.
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