how can i get my 6 week old to sleep longer at night? im absolutly bog eyed

Adele - posted on 01/04/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 6 week old wont sleep for longer than 3 hours at a time at night, any suggestions on how to get her to sleep longer??

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Andrea - posted on 01/04/2010

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Every child is different. I started off co-sleeping with a snuggle nest. But I realized whatever is easy now will be VERY HARD later, so I started getting her used to the crib during the day - not only did she start to like the crib, but when she didn't like the crib she would cry, which would keep her awake during the day, and more tired at night. However, here is a trick I have done with my daughter who is only 7 weeks old right now, and she is sleeping 6 hours at this point. I express about 2-3 ounces during the day, and then after I nurse her for the last time at night (about 10pm), I get her changed and ready for bed (low light and some white noise, warm room) then I give her the expressed breastmilk in a bottle - then onto my shoulder to burp and sleep, then I gently put her down in her crib and swaddle her (she loves to be swaddled, and I have a swaddler that has velcro so it stays) then she is out for most the night. I think that giving it to her in the bottle gets it into her system quicker and makes her feel more full, rather than getting it over the course of 20 mins from the breast. This has worked for me, maybe for you? Not sure if you have a pump or not.

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Brittany - posted on 01/05/2010

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i agree with anita. my daughter sleeps so much better when i just let her sleep with me and let her nurse when she wants however there are nights when i just want to move about the bed as i please. in truth there is no real way to make a 6 week old sleep more than a few hours unless they decide that they want to sleep longer than that.

Nancy - posted on 01/05/2010

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Have you tried wrapping the baby tightly in a swaddler or receiving blanket? That worked very well for my son. Also, shortning up nap times. Wake the baby up with a bottle from their naps during the day, dont let the baby sleep until they wake up, you wake them up. This way they are more tired when it is time for bed at night and tend to sleep longer

Anita - posted on 01/04/2010

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Quoting Adele:

ive tried a routine but its been quite a loose routine as its been xmas and everything has been a bit bonkers. I was going to try the cow & gate for hungry babies for her last feed at about 11 to see if that helps x i think i would deffo go mad if she was going to be like this for a year, how did you not go insane lol



How did I not go insane? well I think I did go a bit bonkers to tell you the truth. I also had my daughter when my son was only 10 months old so I have been sleep deprived for 16 constant months now, my body is just use to getting by on an hour here and an hour there. but I really look forward when they go to school so can get some restt lol...



good luck with everything

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I went for co-sleeping. That way my daughter could feed while I slept. There's no other way I would have survived. I know co-sleeping has been implicated in cot death, but as long as you're not using any drugs (nicotine and alcohol, never mind the illegal ones) the risk is not greatly increased, and it's a hell of a lot more natural for a baby to sleep in close contact with mum (in any mammalian society, not just ours) than in a separate room or bed - our heartbeats are what they heard in the womb and they're a natural comfort to babies.

Adele - posted on 01/04/2010

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ive tried a routine but its been quite a loose routine as its been xmas and everything has been a bit bonkers. I was going to try the cow & gate for hungry babies for her last feed at about 11 to see if that helps x i think i would deffo go mad if she was going to be like this for a year, how did you not go insane lol

Anita - posted on 01/04/2010

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I don't really have any suggestions other than to say (& you probably don't want to hear this) but at this age babies will wake up on average every 2-3 hours. I know you hear of some babies sleeping through the night at this age but I don't know if you can force a baby at this age to sleep through. My personal experience is my 16 month old use to wake up every 20mins on a bad night and every 1-2hrs on a good night right up until he was about 12 months old (I was ready to check myself into a mental home for some time out lo). But my 6 month old slept well from birth.

With my 16 month old I tried giving him a thicker formula but it didn't work (because I thought he was hungry). Nothing really worked. I even put rice cereal in his formula to make it thicker but it didn't work. I tried dimming the lights, fan on to drown out noise etc but the only thing that seemed to calm him was co-sleeping, but he would still wake all night, it just wasn't as stressful with him being near me.

Try dimming the lights, maybe put some soft music on or a fan to drown out noise. The thicker formula might work for you so maybe try that. It's hard to put them into any sor of routine at this age, usually when they are about 5 months old you can put them into a strict routine. Have you kept to the same nightly routine, eg bath?, massage, bottle?

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