Im a new mom. My son is 2 month old and his sleeping is irregular and only 2-3 hours at a time.

Meg - posted on 02/28/2013 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My son is 2 months old. Im a new mom and have many questions. Most importantly at the moment, how long should my son be sleeping? He gets up for food and a diaper change every 2-3 hours. Day and night. We feed him 4oz of formula and just started using a bit of cereal because he spits up a lot. Im hoping that at some point he will sleep longer. Im the only one who gets up with him so i am getting very tired. Is 2-3 hours normal for a 2 month old? He will be 3 months on March 19th.

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Kelsey - posted on 03/03/2013

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It's normal for babies to have schedules like that. My baby is 10 months and still doesn't sleep through the night.

Kristi - posted on 03/02/2013

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What position are you laying your son in? My daughter was like that. I was so friggin exhausted! It was sleep when/if she was or hand wash the bottles and her clothes and maybe shower or pee. My mom and gram told me to lie her on her stomach...which was forbidden! I refused. They, of course, said I was nuts because every generation before my daughter slept on their tummies and look how well the humans have survived.

They came out for a visit when she was like 5-6 months old. Neither her nor I had slept longer than 3 hours straight since she'd been born. When my family saw me they were like give me that baby. They put her in her bassinet on her tummy and made me go lie down. I stayed on the couch about 15 feet from them and her bassinet, which was sitting right next to my mother's chair.

She slept for 7 hours. So they did this for me while they were there. After they left and I was feeling much better, I let her sleep on her tummy but I set an alarm and woke myself up every two hours to make sure she was still breathing. 13 1/2 years later, she still sleeps on her tummy and I don't get up to check on her anymore. ; )

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Michelle - posted on 03/03/2013

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2 out of 3 of mine were tummy sleepers. I wish I had tried it with my 1st though as he was the worst sleeper. I figured it out #2 by accident, I put him on his tummy for tummy time and he fell asleep on the lounge room floor for 4 hours!!!!! He's now 9 and still curls up on his tummy with his knees underneath when he's tired.

Kristi - posted on 03/02/2013

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Well maybe give the tummy a try? It made all the difference in the world for us.

Meg - posted on 03/01/2013

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I went with cereal because the doctor told me to. Due to our son spitting up a lot and wanting more food than be should. Ive also read a lot and other people have used it for their spitters as well.

Dove - posted on 03/01/2013

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He's perfectly normal. Some babies are sleeping longer stretches at this age... and others don't sleep a longer stretch for MONTHS (if not longer). If you are home with him my best advice is to nap/rest when he does during the day. It won't be like this forever.

Did the doctor recommend the cereal because of reflux... or are you just doing it on your own? The reason I ask is because I had two 'happy spitters' and cereal was never mentioned. Then I had one with reflux who actually spit LESS than the other two, but was NOT happy... Cereal would have been recommended for him if he was a bottle baby. Spitting up doesn't automatically mean you go with cereal.

Meg - posted on 03/01/2013

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Sadly no, im pretty much alone to take care of my son. His father isnt homr much due to working. So its my responsibility to care for Damien. Its challenging. An tiresome.

Amy - posted on 02/28/2013

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Yes this is very normal. Since you bottlefeed is there someone else who can help out with one of the night time feedings.

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