How long is your 5 wk old sleeping at night?

Amber - posted on 01/26/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My little one is still not sleeping good at night. I have tried to keep her up longer during the day, without making her over tired.Though it seems as soon as my husband comes in at night she is wide awake and doesn't want to sleep the rest of the night.

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Melissa - posted on 01/31/2010

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Hi guys! I have a 6 week old gorgeous girl and am trained as a maternity nurse who specializes in Sleep training and breast feeding support to new mums. I do home call outs and sleep overs for constant night wakers after they hit around 6months! so have seen a heap of different babies...and I agree. They are all different! My lil one sleeps for anywhere from 7-9hours at a time during the night and only needs 1/2 a feed at around 4am after going down at 7.30/8pm after her usual bath and feed routine! She sleeps for about 4-5 hours during the day.....which is what they statistically do need! The best experiences I have had so far that seem to work for most mums is: remember they will be hungry approx every 4 hours from START of last feed and tired every 2 from time they last WOKE UP! If they reach their daily intake of milk more during the day...they should be able to go longer at night so try not waking them and see what time they wake for themselves as a starting point once you know you have a great milk supply! They day/night thing help alot too so totally agree there! Try making naps during the day from 9-10/10.30am. 12/12.30-2.30pm and 4/4.30-5/5.30pm. They then get good day naps and an opportunity to sleep solidly between the hours of 7am and 7pm! Its important they learn not to be put to sleep but to put themselves to sleep! Hope this is a bit helpful! It seems to be working for me! :) The better they eat and sleep during the day...the better they sleep at night.....contrary to what we may think about no naps means better night sleep. NO naps eventually leads to overtired...hard to settle babies who remain overstimulated well into the night!......in MOST cases! :) Good luck!

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Hi all my 5 week old girl is a bit of a handful during the day constantly missing sleeps or only napping for 15-30 minutes but at night sleeps 4-6 hours, feeds then goes back to sleep for 2-3 hours most nights. Sometimes she just decides she doesn't want to sleep and is cranky. we have trouble getting her to settle herself also, she is fine once every couple of days but most of the time we have to put her to sleep or she works herself up into a tiz.

Briona Morris- - posted on 01/27/2010

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My daughter does way better through the night then my son did. She sleeps about 2 1/2 to 3 hours before getting up to eat and most of the time goes right back to sleep. My son was up everytwo hours for months and didn't get out of waking up around 1am every night to eat till after he was 1. He now sleeps through the night most of the time and is almost 2. Every baby is different with sleeping and I think until three months they don't really get on a schedule. I try to just find different points in the day to get a nap in or on the weekends when my husband is home sleep in. Good luck.

Ashley - posted on 01/27/2010

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I have found that the better she sleeps during the day, the better she sleeps at night. I have a 5 week old daughter as well. I also try and make her finish her entire feeding at night and not fall asleep during it (which normally happens at her 11pm and 2:30am feeding). She only averages 3 hours per nap at night and takes good 2 hour naps during the day. I also agree with keeping natural light in the room that way she can distinguish between day/night.

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Jasmin - posted on 01/31/2010

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hi i have a 5 week old little boy. who is realy good a night. i usualy do his last feed at 12 and he goes through till either half 5 or half 7 so i have been very lucky so far :) xx

Sara - posted on 01/29/2010

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Our daughter is 5 weeks old yesterday and she sleeps from about 10PM-3:00AM (like clockwork she wakes up for her 3AM feeding), then from about 4AM-11AM.

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My 5-week-old also is sleeping anywhere from 2.5-4hours at a time between feedings at night. Apparently this is normal, since almost everyone here is saying the same thing!

Nicole - posted on 01/29/2010

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We've been really lucky and lately our little guy has been sleeping for 5-7hr stretches already at nite. The only things we have been doing, which I'm sure everyone does, is not let him nap for more than 3hrs at a time during the day. Then when its bedtime we feed him, even if its not officially eating time we feed him a bottle (maybe only 2ounces instead of the usual 4ounces if its early in his eating schedule). Last nite he slept from 10:30pm-6am only waking up twice (beginning @ 430am) of which in the dark was able to soothe him quickly back to sleep w/out distrubing him too much

Brittany - posted on 01/28/2010

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my daughter is sleeping better when she finishes her entire feedings during the day but always wakes up and stays up for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours during the night

Maggie - posted on 01/28/2010

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My son started a routine at about 4 weeks. He feeds about 10pm sleeps till 2-3 feeds go back to sleep till 7am. He's awake most of the day with a few half hour naps here and there.

Natalie - posted on 01/28/2010

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hi my son's 7weeks now and he's been sleeping 4 about 5-6hours every night i just make sure he drinks a full bottle before bed he doesnt sleep much through the day is this wired

Jennifer - posted on 01/26/2010

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My 7 week old son is only sleeping 3-4 hours at a time at night. I have also tried keeping him up longer during the day but I have found it doesn't really help. I have found though that the more he eats during the day then that is when I can get him to sleep for about 4 hour stretches.

If she is wide awake at times during the night then try and make it so that when she is sleeping during the day there is plenty of natural light and at night time it is nice and dark so she doesn't get her days and nights confused. Hope this helps:)

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