3 week old

Heather - posted on 06/28/2016 ( 4 moms have responded )

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First time mom. My LO may be going through different sleep stages. She generally can sleep on her own at night, but the daytime is always up in the air with her. On a good day, she will nap in her bassinet and wake to feed. This can happen till usually around 6 PM...then she becomes fussy and tends to cluster feed. The "witching hour" can last up to 11 PM. On a not so good day, she refuses to nap in her bassinet. She will wake in like 10 minutes, and she wants me to hold her. I make sure she is fed, has clean diaper, is swaddled, try pacifiers, rocking/vibration , and white noise on these days. It doesnt seem to work. Doctor suggested just keep trying until she naps. Weird thing is some days she does and others she doesn't. Yes I want to establish good habits but on these days I let her nap on me and I bought a sling I am going to try. Has anyone else experienced anything like this? I do not know what to make of her being able to sleep at night and sometimes during day.

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Sofia - posted on 06/28/2016

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You are doing everything right. At this age, babies don't know yet the difference between night and day. Continue with baby - led feeding. Hold her like you are---a lot and it will smooth out later. You can never hold your baby too much!!

Sarah - posted on 06/28/2016

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She is only 3 weeks old. I hope she is waking to feed throughout the night. That she sleeps during the night is a huge bonus for you right now but don't be surprised if that doesn't last. It takes a few months 4-5 to really settle into somewhat of a pattern. Everything you describe sounds very typical and you are doing exactly what she needs. At 3 weeks, she needs your warmth, comfort and safety; letting her sleep in your arms or nap on your chest will not create a sleep monster. I had four, ranging from supremely fussy to totally mellow and they all slept on me and my hubby at times. You do what you gotta do to get her to sleep and give yourself a rest too.

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