is my baby having ennough sleep?

Alyse_is_21 - posted on 12/01/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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hi my 6 months old daugther is needing less sleep then me. she sleep about 2-3 time period in the day on 20mins max (so less than a hours a day) and that have been since the start . I put her to sleep at night arround 8-9 depending on her and she will awake about 2-4 time to feed ( cause i breasfeed) and she will be will awake by 7am that is if in the midle of the night she doesnt fully awake and full of energie for like 2 hours ( it's drive me nuts lol) ...

now i have spoke with the dr about this and his respond was that some babies dont sleep as much ...but this less???

I just dont find it normal that a 6months old baby would need less sleep then the parents...now i take in consideration that she is a very energetic and happy baby barely crying....but when i look at her eyes and see those tireed eye i cant help but wondering if its really normal and if there any trick for me to try so that i make sure that she get all the sleep she needs... i appreciated any adviced you can give me and thank you for taking the time to reply to me so Thank :)

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Megan - posted on 12/04/2009

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A child Health nurse recommended that I spend time getting my baby back to sleep during the day if they were sleeping anything under und 40 min....I did it and they also started sleeping so much better at night as they were not over tired!!! They say that a baby of that age should be sleeping approx 16 hours a day!!! I have a 2 year old who sleeps approx 14 hours a day still ( this includes his day nap) and a 10 month old who still sleeps about 16 hours. Both the boys are very routined and this works for us!!! Both the boys are full of energy and are always happy and I think it is because of this. It did take time.

Kerri-Ann - posted on 12/04/2009

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My son is 6months as well and he doesn't sleep alot either. He goes down for 2-3 one hour naps during the day and that's it. He was getting up 2-3 times to eat during the night while I was breastfeeding but at 4 months I switched to formula and shortly after introduced cereal and now he will sleep for 9-10 hours each night. He is up between 6-7 every morning no matter what time he goes down. His older sister is an awesome sleeper at night, always as been, but stopped her naps by 2.

Emma - posted on 12/04/2009

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My son also "powernaps". In the beginning it would equeal to 2 hr in the morn, 2-3 hr in the afternoon. And now he maybe naps for about 2 hours a day. Goes to bed between 7-8pm and is up by 6am. And he too wakes 2-4 times a night for a feed. Perfectly normal. Drives me bananas, but perfectly normal. I'm almost at the point where I can't believe that other babies his age nap for long periods of time lol but I know it happens. My friends daughter is formula feed and she barely naps as well. It just depends on your baby. But with all phases, this will change as your baby gets older, where you will be able to put her down for a decent nap in the am, and pm.

Natasha - posted on 12/04/2009

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Hey Katy,
Don't worry about it. your doctor is right. If she doesn't sleep alot she will catch up on it when she gets older. Cause it depend if you breastfeed or bottlefeed. I tried breastfeeding with Phillippe and he would always wake up cause he was hungry and during the day he slept but not for long periods at all and then I decided to change to bottle feed (sometimes with my milk sometimes with powder milk or whatever it's called) And cause I did that, I could see how much he actually drank and he did drink more. Since that change, he did his nights. Hope that helps.

Melody - posted on 12/01/2009

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haha..sorry, but this sounds like me. My baby's gonna be 3 mo. and she seems to be awake all the time. I get a bit worried, but she seems to be in good health. If everything goes well (normal pees, normal stools, etc) then I don't think you should be worried. :)

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