My 11 week old won't sleep! help!

Lyndsay - posted on 01/17/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Everytime he falls asleep and i put him down he either wakes up right away or in a maximum of 15-20 mintues later. We co-sleep with him and at night he wakes up every 2 hours and the only thing that soothes him is a feeding. I know that somepeople say to let him cry but i just can't do that. I feel like I haven't slept in 11 weeks (not to mention that last month of my pregnancy)! any suggestions? Please help!

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Lyndsay - posted on 01/18/2010

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thanks for the input guys! im headed to chapters today to pick up a book by Dr. Sears the baby sleep book. hopefully it will help!

April - posted on 01/17/2010

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totally, totally normal. it's a stage. he'll grow out of it. my 13 month old actually still wakes up every 2 hours for a feeding at night, if it's any consolation. remember, nursing is such short time in your life. one day you won't be sleep deprived anymore. however, it does get easier. the older your son gets, the more skilled he will become at nursing and won't need you as often!



with my son...getting up every 2 hours is hard, but he does settle back to sleep after the feed. but when was 11 weeks old we didn't know when he would go back to sleep...sometimes it took up to 3 hours. That's what keeps me going...at least i know when he will fall asleep now.

Jackie - posted on 01/17/2010

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Wait it out! He is bringing in your milk supply. When he cries feed him... if you aren't already nurse him laying down. You can fall back to sleep while he is nursing and if he needs a burp he will wake you up. Don't worry its perfectly normal... and should calm down in a few weeks when your supply is good and established and he is done his growth spurt he is preparing for.

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Emily - posted on 01/17/2010

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I am in exactly the same place. 11 weeks and wont sleep without me. I started putting her down awake in her bassinet and swing for short periods and have gradually extended them. She finally has gotten used to her swing enough to nap for about 30 minutes and I am hoping she will get used to the bassinet enough to nap there and eventually sleep there. You can also try the swaddle, white noise, putting a breast pad with him... but i have yet to find anything that works or her. I do think the every two hours for night wakings is within normal limits. My little girl sometimes wakes every hour and a half but more often about two hours. I hope you find the magic combo and if you do please share! :) Good luck

Jessica - posted on 01/17/2010

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don't worry its normal, and i wouldn't let a baby cry it out till at least 6 months if ever. My baby does this is the evening and I feed her and then let my partner rock her back to sleep so she is sleeping without sucking. He waits till she's asleep and then holds her for 5 mins and then puts her down, it works a treat, but as soon as he works nights i'm back to feeding to sleep cause she just doesnt settle the same for me. If u have a partner i'd use them for getting you baby for sleeps and u do the feeds if you can. A nice swaddle and a strong pair of arms do wonders, good luck.

Rachel - posted on 01/17/2010

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I wouldn't let a newborn cry it out. They only cry for hunger, pain or to be held. Sometimes they cry when they get overstimulated. I would try to swaddle him and maybe put him in a papasan seat or similar(strapped in and reclined back) or even in a swing that reclines for newborns and rocks gently. But some newborns and young infants nurse every 15-20 minutes. Crazy as it seems. He might just get hungry again! Good luck.( I keep the daytime routine louder with tv and light, and at night it's quiet and dark to help my 3 1/2 month old understand it's bedtime. She goes in her crib by 9 pm every night no matter what. I have kept that schedule since she was around 1 1/2 months old) Good luck.

Kaelyn - posted on 01/17/2010

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My daughter did the exact same thing. I thought that being off work for 6 weeks would be relaxing but it wasn't. My daughter wouldnt even take a binky. So what i did was give her a bath or wipe her down before bed. I even sang to her. It was more of the comfort of me being there that helped. And, you should sleep everytime he does. A lot of the times its what you eat that can make them super fussy so i'd watch that too. And instead of just whipping your boob out, try just picking him up and letting him know your there, read to him, rock him, sang to him. Try anything you can before you resort to feeding again. It can make you restless and stressed when your constantly feeding

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