Sleeping help at night!!

Karen - posted on 06/13/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My LO is 7 weeks & about 5 times started sleeping 6-7 hours at night which I was loving but ur didn't last long now he's sleeping 5 hours & then will go back to sleep for about 2 hours. Again 5 hours is good. I have a real hard time getting him to stay asleep longer than 2 hours after he wakes up again & sometimes he won't go back to sleep unless he's being held so I'll let him sleep on me in a rocker. Is this normal for a 7 week old to have trouble staying asleep for the second half of sleep? Is it also normal for them when they will start to sleep longer to not be consistent with it at first.

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Katherine - posted on 06/15/2012

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SO normal! My daughters would only sleep 3 hours at a time! You're lucky!

Any newborn shouldn't be sleeping through the night anyways.....they need to eat every 3-4 hours. My doctor actually told me to wake mine up to feed. I have heard people say their babies sleep 10 hours!!!! NOT good. Not at the newborn stage. Just what my doctor said.

Anyways yes it's normal and it sucks lol!

Karen - posted on 06/15/2012

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Thank you it's nice to hear its normal. I seem to have friends who say their baby's have slept through the night since 5 weeks. He does nap but seems to be going through a phase of only wanton to be held, but I always try & put him down he just keeps waking up. I knew being a parent was hard but your never really prepared how hard it can be. Definitely nice to hear others going through the same

~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/15/2012

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YES! Totally normal, and you should be VERY happy he has ever slept for 7 hours in one stretch. 5 hours is still very good. As long as he is napping through the day, that is fine. He is not "having trouble" sleeping. This is just completely normal for infants. There will be MANY changes in his sleep pattern. Like right now he is probably napping throughout the day. It will then change to about 3 naps per day, then 2. All of a sudden you will be doing 1 solid nap per day. Around the time of him starting the 2 naps per day, as long as the naps are not to late at night, he will probably do better through the night. Many kids take a long time to sleep 1 long stretch like that. Also, it can depend on if you are BFing or formula feeding. BF babies tend to wake up more for feedings through the night.

Hope this helped a bit. Good luck! The first 3 months are the toughest.

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