Help 2 week old baby won't sleep

Renee - posted on 06/11/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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My Neighbour's little 2 week old baby won't sleep he'll fall alseep on you but as soon as you put him down in his cot he crys most mornings his up at 4am and doesn't go back down till around 2pm for about an hour. As a concerning neighbour I'm worried for her. Can anyone suggest anything as I have not been through it myself,my little girl loves to sleep.

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I think babies that DO sleep at that early age are the rare ones. I had only 1 in 4 who slept much at 2 weeks. He just came out of his mother's body and so of course he wants her to hold him all the time. Is she breastfeeding? That helps a lot with both sleeping and satisfying the need to be held. Often newborns need to be fed almost constantly. If the mother doesn't understand that, the baby may be hungry all the time and that will interrupt deep sleep. Mine did not go more than two hours AROUND THE CLOCK without eating at that age. They were more like 6 weeks old before they actually slept any length of time.

Rachel - posted on 07/13/2012

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my son is 1 and a half weeks today and honestly all I've heard is that you can't expect a sleep pattern. The kiddo is just going to drive it for you. Last night I had to sit in the living room chair and have some skin to skin time with the little guy and we actually got some good sleep inbetween feedings for the first time. It's really all about adapting to what they need at this time. I'm going to start trying to build a routine, but not until 3 or 4 weeks old. It is definitely frustrating but we are hanging in there.

Jennifer - posted on 06/11/2009

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Time is truly the only real solution, however, the baby is probably hearing his mother's heart beat and when this sound goes away, he wakes. They do have crips now that have a very soft "heartbeat" under the mattress. My friend tried it and her baby starting waking less when she laid her down in the crib. She does have to stay a few minutes cribside and rub her back a little when she first puts her down, but then she SLEEPS! Also, make sure you are covering her/him with a body warm blanket, not a fresh one in the crib. The cool sheets may startle a sleeping baby into wakefulness. I hope this helps.

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Sound like a normal baby to me. At that age they make their own sleep paterns. It's a bit early to worry too much and every baby is differnt. But most seem to love getting mom up waaay early in the morning for some reason.

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Carol - posted on 07/13/2012

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The memories! My son was singled out at the hospital for not sleeping. He took about 2 15-minute naps during the day until he was walking at one and then he only took naps if I took him on pass out runs in the car and carried him inside still strapped into the carseat. He'd only sleep on top of me except for at night as an infant- then he'd sleep a whopping 2-3 hours at a time for the first few months and then 4-5 hours until 10 months. It was a very rough first year. On the bright side I had calves of steel. The beast needed to be bounced on my shoulder for the 15 minute naps. The second I'd stand flat-footed or try to set him down he'd cry. He's 11 now and he still only sleeps until 4:30-5:30 in the morning no matter what time he goes to bed. He's slept until 7 or 8 about a whole 3 times in his life. He was sick those days and I was so concerned that I looked for his chest rising. His doctors always just said some kids need less sleep. He's always thrived so they've never been concerned.
Give your neighbor a break every now and then if you can and let her catch up on sleep. Thanks from the formerly severely sleep deprived!!!

Carol - posted on 06/11/2009

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hi there i had the same problem with my little girl, she would fall asleep on me or her dad no problem but as soon as we would put her down she'd wake up.. i know they say that babies should sleep on their back but my little girls hates being on her back so we let her sleep on her front and she goes straight down and sleep through the night and has done since she was 5 weeks old... maybe ur neighbours baby just does not like slleping on their back. try them on their front, i'm sure that may ease it a little, but like some others have said he is only 2 weeks old.. hope this helps, good luck

Jennifer - posted on 06/11/2009

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It does not sound like something to worry about just yet. One thing that helped me with my daughter was the swing. I could put her in it and have no worries for a few hours. I actually would have t wake her up to feed. Have your neighbor try it.

Ashley - posted on 06/11/2009

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A 2 week old baby that is awake from 4am to 2pm is not right. At this age they need SO much darn sleep, like 18-20 hours. Of course he is going to sleep well on someone, it reminds him of his cozy old place...the womb. This is what I would suggest...only keep him awake 1hr-1hr and 15 min then he should be well on his way to sleeping. If he falls asleep nursing, rocking, whatever...he will wake up and cry when set down or moved. When he does wake up, she could gently pat his back, gently bounce the mattress whatever so he calms back down and goes back to sleep.

Amie - posted on 06/11/2009

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It doesn't sound normal to be up for such long periods. Especially at 2 weeks old! Mine is almost 10 weeks and she can't even go that long before falling back asleep. If the mom is breastfeeding is taking in a lot of caffeine? It will pass through the milk and cause baby to be more alert and in turn fussy because their not getting the sleep they need. Also when she lays him down get a warm blanket (their some nice fuzzy like ones at walmart for small babies) and wrap him in that before laying him in the bassinet. He probably likes the warmth as mine does. As soon as we'd put her down she'd wake up. Took us a couple weeks to figure out it was because she wasn't as warm as she wanted to be to sleep comfortably. We were so glad when we did too. At night it wasn't so bad since our other kids were sleeping and we could carry her and keep her with us in our arms but during the day with our other 3 running around and tending to them it was getting hard!
I know it's not easy and babies should be sleeping and waking often but to go for almost 8 hours without sleep would be hard on a baby. I can't imagine how over tired that little one must be. Hope this helps some though!

User - posted on 06/11/2009

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I had problems with both my boys when they were born. I got a wonderful book called "The Baby Whisperer" and it really helped me out.

User - posted on 06/11/2009

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I had problems with both my boys when they were born. I got a wonderful book called "The Baby Whisperer" and it really helped me out.

Cathelijn - posted on 06/11/2009

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I feel for you neigbour, my daughter was exactly like that we had to hold her all day otherwise she would just be awake and cry she would not have naps unless she was being held. It was really exhausting, I am sorry to say I don't think there is much you can do. Our daughter slept in the bed with us eventhough we said we would never do this but it was the only thing that would make her sleep at night. Things will get better! at about 10 weeks ( I know it sounds like a long time) she started taking longer naps and sleep through the night. She is 6 months now and a great sleeper. If you are really concerned maybe offer to look after the baby for a little while so she can get some rest? And also I used to carry my daughter around the house in a sling and she would fall a sleep at least I could get something done! Just tell her she is not alone and it will pass it really will!

Guggie - posted on 06/11/2009

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what was the baby's birth weight? this is anecdotal but it seems that lower weighted babies are less likely to sleep through the night because they have a lot of eating to do to get their weight doubled.



i'm not saying every single baby is like this...but anyways she might want to try adding in extra feeding sessions.



milk digests in 90 minutes so it adds up!

Kelly - posted on 06/11/2009

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My son was the same way! We tried many things even slightly laying him on his side with a towel behind his back. The only thing that worked for us was to hold him or carry him in a sling as he sleeps. At least this way I had two arms. While I was on maternity leave I would sometimes sleep with him in my arms. Come to find out my son hates sleeping on his back...as soon as he could roll he never slept on his back again! This is a rough time for you neighbor but try to remind her that this is a season and too shall pass.

Kari - posted on 06/11/2009

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None of my children slept well at all until much older. I just began a routine of feeding, changing, bath time and streching on a blanket. As much activity as a two week old can endure which isn't much at that age. Also I asked family and friends for short 30 minute breaks so I could get a cat nap didn't always work out of course. And it only got better as time passed the mom definitely needs all the help she can get Good Luck! and God Bless!

Carly - posted on 06/11/2009

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my son is just over 2 weeks and he was fairly hands on. now i put him in his swing thats battery operated (it lays back and swings side to side and forward and backwards which ever you set it to, mine likes the side to side motion.) and it rocks the little man right to sleep. also i found at the start he slept better with a pacifier it calmed him just to suck and soothe himself to sleep. hope it helps :)

Jenn - posted on 06/11/2009

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Well, at 2 weeks, I don't think it's time to worry quite yet. It's hard for children to understand day/night. My daughter was 3 months before she would sleep 3-4 hours straight. It's harder for the moms who are nursing since a baby may want to eat every 2-4 hours. I had to just let her "Cry it out" the first couple of times I needed an hour to myself.

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