Help!! 45 minute naps and midnight bedtime!!

Amy - posted on 11/13/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Help! I have a seven week old who will only take 45 minute naps and goes to bed around midnight (or later) every night. He will sleep 5 - 6 hours after going down at midnight, but I am going back to work soon and this schedule will not work! He is exclusively breastfed. I put him down during the day as soon as I see his drowsy signs - usually within an hour and a half of being awake. I've tried moving his bedtime earlier and he still wakes up every night around 11:30 and refuses to go back down easily. He's not hungry - he is just awake. We give him a bath every night before bedtime, a little baby massage, and then he nurses. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Tamara....4 Beautiful Kiddos! - posted on 11/13/2013

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okay, im sorry to tell you this...but those 45 minute naps are ur secret weapon...and overstimulous acticity for ur newborn baby doesnt get them "tired" the way u think it would...it will actually keep ur newborn awake and grumpy...when ur baby falls asleep u try ur best to just keep it that way...a calm less active chore maybe in mind for those short naps...but what usually helps keep a newborn asleep is the comfort of mom...honestly, its very hard in the early 3 months...it does get better and ur newborn is able to stay happier longer...i would have to know more in order to kinda "pinpoint" ur problem...is ur baby fussy alot? having trouble pooping?



As for the issue of going back to work...if u plan on continuing ur newborn on breast milk (i would advise but it takes extra work on ur part and if ur not getting rest you wont produce as much milk anyway) u will have most of this problem resolved...it will be on the baybysitter's lap...lol just have extra milk prepared ahead of time formula/breast and properly stored. u can have pumped milk in the freezer for upto 3 months! so you can pump now for the harder times when all u wna do is rest...others can feed ur newborn while u rest! :) that can be a great relief! I had 4 kiddos and breastfed all, the pump was a best friend for solving the issues of others watching any of them. the more you pump the more you will produce if you think you can pump more now you might be able to solve part of the problem for later. If you want to start pumping more all of a sudden CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP IS A LIFE SAVER! so ur milk can replenish its supply. lol



the best thing though and actually to give u a "thumbs up" about is that ur newborn IS sleeping at night for several hours...always a sign of a happy sleeper. alot of new moms dont even have that luxury... ; /

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