Sleeping patterns

Nerina - posted on 02/10/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )

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Hi, this is my first conversation. My baby was born October 12. I am not sure for how long he should sleep during the day. He is not sleeping well at night and I was wondering if it is because he might be sleeping to much during the day. He is sleeps about 4 hours a day. He is also not drinking very well - at the most 100ml every 2-3 hours. He however already started on solids 3 times a day.

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Samantha - posted on 02/23/2010

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My daughter was born oct 12 2009, an she had an irregular sleep pattern. She used to wake in the nights for a feed an go straight back to sleep. Then she went throught a faze of staying awake all nite an sleeping all day! I dont know where she picked it up from because I did all the usual things before bed time! She is much better now tho, she drinks 60z every 4 hours an im now introducing solids in her diet! She sleeps from 7pm till 9pm an has a yoghurt at 9pm an plays an has bath an then bottle at 11 an she sleeps till 7-8 am an then has her bottle an goes back to sleep till about 9 am this is much better for me now!

Heather - posted on 02/20/2010

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My daughter goes to bed at night between 8 & 9 she sleeps until 6 or 7 am. In the morning she takes little cat naps here and there. Sometimes if she wakes up at 6 am she takes a nap at 7 until 9 am. In the afternoon she takes a longer nap between 12 & 2 pm.

Jennifer - posted on 02/18/2010

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Oh, and he may be allergic or intolerant to the type of formula you have him on, that can cause fussiness.

Jennifer - posted on 02/18/2010

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Oh and with regards to books, I'd say just go with your instincts. The healthiest person I've ever met said that's what her parents did, and they were psychologists. They tossed the books the hospital had given them and just listened to their own instincts.

Jennifer - posted on 02/18/2010

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Since on formula early introduction of solids probably doesn't make a huge difference, but the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no solids until six months old. You might try removing the solids and see if it helps. Four hours per day seems about average although my baby is sleeping more like 2 hours per day and sleeps great at night.

Amy - posted on 02/18/2010

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My daughter was born October 27th and she seems to alternate each day how much she sleeps. At night she usually sleeps from 11 or midnight until between 6-8am. She will fall asleep between 8-9 but I will wake her up for one more feeding since she is still really little. During the day it seems that one day she will be awake most of the day and only take cat naps and then the next day she wants to sleep alot.

Lise - posted on 02/17/2010

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Brandy, it's the early months where babies go through a ton of growth spurts and hit milestones frequently. It's super common for the babies to have their sleeping patterns change a lot during these. It's frustrating, but common. That'd be my guess.

Brandy - posted on 02/17/2010

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my baby was born oct. 6/09. he goes in and out of sleeping through the night for about 3 weeks then starts waking up again through the night again for 3 weeks. he eats great through the day. started him on cerial last week and eats it 2 times daily and loves it. very happy baby overall but dont understand why he goes through these stages. he is breastfed so i know its harder to get him sleeping through the night. please, some advise.

Jann - posted on 02/17/2010

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i have read your baby will either sleep well at night or during the day, but rarely both! My son goes to bed at 7:30pm and sleeps 8-10 hrs without waking for a bottle. But, during the day, he takes about 2-3 cat naps, one being 1-2 hrs at the very most. Do you think he may be starting to teeth? I read that can really impact their sleep and eating habits.

Samantha - posted on 02/17/2010

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My daughter was born on October 19th. Since the beginning she has been a really great sleeper. I am a believer of the pacifier because I was a thumb sucker and you can't take a thumb away, but you can take a pacifer away, so that being said, she wakes up a couple of times during the night and during her naps and needs her pacifer put back in. It is VERY frustrating, for this reason I am reading on my computer at the moment.

Right now since she is almost 4 months, I have been doing the following routine.
Around 7pm, we bath her, then I breastfeed her and then she goes to bed, somewhere between 7:30pm and 8pm. Then when I go to bed I dreamfeed her. She then sleeps until about 5:30am. I then feed her in bed and then she goes back to sleep until 9am. I had her going to bed later, such as putting her down at 9:30pm and then she would sleep until 7-8am, but that was hard on my night schedule, it is nicer that she is down earlier. So I have changed it. Hopefully the pacifer thing will get better. My sister who has a 22mo old, had the same thing with the pacifer and she said that somewhere between 5 and 6mo they start to be able to find their own pacifiers and then they just put it back in themselves. Hopefully happens for me soon.

During the day, my little one takes a couple of naps from an hour long to a couple of hours. We haven't got that routine down pat yet. Well, I can hear my little one getting up, so good luck to all you new moms, I am sure that we will all figure it out...

Charlotte - posted on 02/17/2010

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Hi,

My little man was born on the 18th October and sleeps abot the same in the day but also sleeps from 11pm through to 8 in the morning. Do you give little one a bottle before bed time? I always find this helps him to sleep.

As for the food i would imagine if having solids 3 times a day most likely not going to have as much milk.

I sometimes find that my little man has the od day and night when he does not sleep hardly at all, sounds silly but usualy when he is having a little growth spirt - this is when i find he drinks a lot more.

Hope that helped

Juanita - posted on 02/16/2010

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Dom sleeps for about 4 hours a day right now and he sleeps through the night, but they suggest that you only allow a 45min nap in the morning and a 1-2 hour nap in the afternoon, but for now he's still young so don't worry about it till he's six months

Liesel - posted on 02/16/2010

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My little girl was born 26 October and is sleeping well. I am lucky as she sleeps through the night already! But with my first child I woke up every two hours to feed (breastmilk). My milk was not strong enough at that stage and I started him on formula.....he immediately started sleeping for 5 to 6 hours during the night.....Mayby the milk you are giving him at the mo is not strong enough...try changin it maybe? Good luck, I hope you sort it out soon.

Lise - posted on 02/16/2010

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My LO needs to sleep during the day or she won't sleep at night. When at daycare, she takes 3 naps that are about 30-45 min and she wakes about 5-8 times a night. When home with me, she naps about 6-8 hours! :) She takes a couple long naps (over an hour), a couple short naps, and usually one long sleep around 3/4. Those nights, she only wakes once throughout the night, maybe twice. For her, the more she sleeps in the day the more she sleeps at night.


In regards to BabyWise, research it CAREFULLY! There are some very bad things out there in regards to it.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babywise
http://www.drmomma.org/2009/12/babywise-...

The AAP News magazine said that Babywise has been linked to 'dehydration, failure to thrive' and many Pediaricians and lactation consultants have come out against the book.

I was told by my pedi (remember, this is an OPINION and I am not bashing anyone's parenting) that he felt it was a horrible way to raise a baby. My LC said it was an awful book and "condemned for a reason." Some people swear it works for them, but do research it well.

Candice - posted on 02/15/2010

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My son was born 11 Oct. He was waking every two hours ON THE DOT for a feed so I changed his formula (from S26 to NAN HA GOLD). Best thing I have done. He is a lot more settled and naps during the day, usually 1-2 hour naps. He was sleeping well during the night, would feed about 6pm and wake anywhere between 4-6am for a feed. Lately though he has been very fidgety during the night, waking me at all hours. I think he may be teething.

Nerina - posted on 02/15/2010

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Thanks for the help - I will try to find the books that you all suggested. Did read a lot of books but they all differ from each other. Am trying to put him in a routine now - waking him up during day naps, just to make sure he don't sleep to much during the day.

Neha - posted on 02/14/2010

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My daughter is born on 11th October 2009 but she still doesnt sleep well. I feel she hardly sleeps. She still gets up every 2hours in the night for her feed and then has trouble getting into deep sleep. (she is only on breast feed till now) I havent still started solids or formula for her.

Melissa - posted on 02/13/2010

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A good article for age is here http://www.babycenter.com/0_how-much-sle...

A great book is "Healthy Sleep Habit's, Happy Child" This is recommended to understand sleep and also help fix issues all the way up to adult hood.

Realize that sleep training can start about 3-4 months old when your child actually has their sleep organize. The book helps you with any problems that have arisen up to when you decide to work a sleep schedule for your child.

My first daughter slept a lot different than my 2nd daughter does. My 2nd daughter born 10/30/09 sleeps various during the day - but now usually around 4 hours between 3-4 naps and goes to bed at 9:30pm, wakes around 6am for a bottle, change and 30 minutes and then goes back to sleep till between 8am or 9:30am

You can try doing some scheduled naps, but usually only the first nap develops at this age around the 9-10am timeframe.

Hope that helps!

Liv - posted on 02/13/2010

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At about 4weeks old my bub started to go to sleep at about 6pm for his 'deep sleep' and would sleep for about 8 hrs - no good to me when he wakes up at 2am and goes into his daytime routine!

I started to move his bed time back by not letting him sleep for longer than 40mins after 6pm (he goes into his deep sleep after about 40 mins) I'd feed him, play with him - do whatever it took to keep him awake and happy. By the time he was 6 weeks old, he started to go into his deep sleep at about 830pm - he half wakes at 730am for a feed and than goes back to sleep til about 930am some times later (love it, cause mumma needs 12hrs sleep lol)

Jayme - posted on 02/11/2010

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my son eats about 6-7oz every 4-5hrs, i put rice in his bottle at night. he sleeps from about 730p to 7a. he will take a nap from about 10a-1p than have a feeding than k down back down for another hr or so. i cant complain at all!!!!

Nerina - posted on 02/10/2010

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Thank you for the advice. I am giving him 3 solid meals a day because he is not drinking that much from the start and constantly crying - some friends suggested giving him solids because he might be hungry. He actually enjoys the food more than the bottle. He is sleeping better since I gave him solids but I think the problem is that he is going to bed to early at night (6h00) and he is having his last meal at about 5h00. I will try to keep him awake more during the day.

Emily - posted on 02/10/2010

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Remember the more they eat during the day the better they sleep at night..if you can get your baby on a good eating and sleeping schedule during the day (Baby Wise..READ IT!!) the better your baby will sleep at night. Eat, Play, Sleep, on a 3 to 4 hour regimen. I usually only let my daughter nap 30mins to an hour @ nap time & usually only let her take what i call "a cat nap" at her nap right before bed. Before bed time i try and give her a long to relax her and to kill time to keep her from being fussy. After her bath when im putting her lotin on i try and stimulate her as much as i can so after i give her the last bottle before bed (between 8 30-9) she pretty much falls right asleep when i lay her down. Sleeps through the night! Wakes up between 6 & 6:30

Jac - posted on 02/10/2010

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My daughter was born on Oct 16. I recommend a book called 'Save our Sleep' by Tizzie Hall. It teaches you about how much they need to sleep during the day, when to introduce solids and routines etc. My daughter wakes at 7:30am for a feed, then goes back down at 9:00am - 11:00am. Then 11:30am feed, back down at 1:00pm - 3:00pm. (These sleeps sometimes change) She then only has a 30min - 1hr nap from 3:00 - 6:00. We bath at 6:00pm, feed at 6:30pm and bedtime is 7pm. I do a dreamfeed at 10:30pm and she sleeps through till 7:30am. It has taken us a while to get this routine down pat and trust me somedays it doesnt even go that well. But babies thrive on a routine coz they know whats hapening and what to do next. My daughter is on 150 - 180ml every 4 - 5hrs. She is doing fine without solids for now so im only going to introduce them when she needs more. Good luck

Paige - posted on 02/10/2010

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My daughter was born October 1st and she has been sleeping during the night since about 2 months. She goes to bed between 830-930pm and she will sleep until 7-8am! My daughter doesn't sleep during the day and if she does it's only for like half an hour. I guess she would just rather sleep during the night lol My daughter eats a lot and frequently. She eats 7oz every 2 hours and I also started a week ago giving her cereal in the morning.

Just curious, how come solids 3 times a day?

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