new baby age 7 weeks old

Tanessa - posted on 02/24/2014 ( 26 moms have responded )

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My baby is now 7 weeks old I go back to work tomorrow . I really need help with him sleeping through the night I've tried set times bathes before bed rice bottles oatmeal too and he still gets up every three hours. This is my third kid my other two didn't sleep through the night til my where six months old what can I do to not have that happen again I really need more sleep ..

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 02/28/2014

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Tanessa, everyone here is telling you that his wakefulness is ABSOLUTELY NORMAL. You claim to have had 2 prior children, and yet you still don't seem to be grasping this.

you keep saying idk what's wrong, he wakes every 2-3 hours. HE'S SEVEN WEEKS OLD!!!!!

This is normal behaviour for a baby that age.

User - posted on 02/26/2014

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Did you check to see if he may have acid reflux or gas? My 8 week old had both and her doctor reccommended angling one side of her mattress, give over the counter gas medicine every 4 hours and giving one TBsp of cereal for a 4 oz bottle. ( my daughter is digesting it fine, and my doctor recommended it after a hospital visit with acid reflux) .. Now she sleeps 8 hours a night and wakes up at 12am and at 3am for changing and feeding and wont get up again untill 7;30am.

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Tanessa - posted on 02/28/2014

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No I haven't asked the doc yet I do give him oatmeal like twice a weeks maybe I no give him gas drop but acid reflex does run in the family .. I try to to make he's bed about 7 pm since my other kids go to bed at that time also but hell be back up every two to three hours. .idk

Angela - posted on 02/28/2014

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You know, once in a while a very young baby like yours MIGHT sleep through the night - I certainly wouldn't bank on it though! Newborns are quite often sleepy in the first 2 or 3 days following birth so this might be why he slept through whilst at the hospital.

You will need to accept that for a very young baby to sleep right through is going to be the exception, rather than the rule. You got lucky whilst you were in hospital. Now you're home it's not going to be likely that he'll sleep right through the night before he's 3 months old. Even when he turns 3 months there are no guarantees.

So you need to accept this instead of looking for miracle remedies to make him sleep. Cereal added to a bottle feed at only 7 weeks isn't going to do him any good - even if he seems fine for it. It's putting a strain on his kidneys.

I do realise this presents a problem when you've returned to work. You will need good back-up in your home (your husband?) since you probably need your sleep to keep your energy up for your job.

Good luck!

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 02/27/2014

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Getting waking for a change and feeding twice during the night is not sleeping through for 8 hours, Tainya. It's about the norm for a child that age, though. (The waking twice, that is)

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 02/26/2014

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And, again, Tanessa, the child is only 7 weeks. They are NOT ready to sleep for more than yours is at a stretch right now!

Angela - posted on 02/26/2014

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What on earth is "incomplete darkest" do you, by any chance mean "complete darkness"?

I'm inclined to think most babies, who are ready to sleep will sleep in any level of light or dark. Complete darkness won't hurt of course and may well be effective but the tiny glow of a nightlight won't really keep anyone awake that wants to sleep.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 02/25/2014

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Actually, with FMLA, you may be able to be out longer, Tanessa, have you checked into it?

Cerissa - posted on 02/25/2014

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Hi Tanessa,

I am a first time mom and a good resource recommended to me was the book “The Happiest Baby on the Block” by Harvey Karp. Actually, I didn’t have time to read the book, so I purchased the instant download video from Amazon. That was even better. He gave all kinds of neat tips and tricks. Perhaps give that a whirl. All in all, you will survive just fine. We've all been there and will continue to pull through...maybe just a little sleep deprived :) I wish you the best of luck.

Angela - posted on 02/24/2014

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I can't believe that someone's thickening a bottle feed with rice etc ... for a child who's only 7 weeks. At this age an infant's kidneys can't take the strain. I was told that with my own baby by a Health Visitor (I wasn't doing that, by the way, but I knew someone else who did it). If your family & friends are encouraging you to thicken his formula feeds with cereal then shame on them!

I can understand your worry - you're returning to work tomorrow and you don't want him keeping you awake through the night. But I'm afraid you'll just have to suck it up and get on with it.


It's none of my business but why are you going back to work whilst you baby is so young? I'm British and in the UK we have maternity leave until the baby is about 6 months old.

Set times are meaningless to a child so young. However, one remedy you've mentioned which is harmless and can often be helpful is to give a bath before bedtime. Again, at this young age it won't work every time but keep it up and in time it will become part of his relaxation routine and he will eventually succumb to the ritual.

Good luck!

Sarah - posted on 02/24/2014

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I suspect that part of the reason he cries during the day when you keep him awake is because he is tired. Babies that age need regular naps round the clock. Keeping him awake during the day won't help him sleep better at night, it will only make him miserable. You can't really instill a sleeping routine at this age. The best thing you can do is grab your rest when you can.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 02/24/2014

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All I said was that babies this age do not sleep for 6-8 hours unless drugs are involved. If you think that he was sleeping through the night whilst you were in the hospital (right after delivery), then it is more likely that the nursery attendants fed him, rather than waking you every 2-3 hours.

And, I fail to understand why, if you've had two other children and they did not sleep through until after 6 months, you are expecting this one to be super baby.

And, if your husband has been through those same two kids, he knows babies cry. Thats how they communicate.

Jodi - posted on 02/24/2014

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No-one is being rude. No-one suggested that you gave your baby drugs. Yes, drugs were mentioned, but I think you misinterpreted the posts.

Tanessa - posted on 02/24/2014

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No I trying to get people to stop responding there's just a lot of people responding being rude and saying BS about drugs really there no need in that and yeah my expections I guess with newborns may not be good I guess but every kid and baby is different my first was good never cryed and my second was colicy and this one in between ..

Jodi - posted on 02/24/2014

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Are you kidding me??? You asked a question. You can't dictate that you only want answers that you like and agree with.

And no-one said you weren't a good mother, only that your expectations of a newborn baby are a little screwed up.

Tanessa - posted on 02/24/2014

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Please stop commenting on my post if you dobt like it I've tried doing I'm getting good advise by family and close friends who are parnets..all my kids were given oatmel in bottle and jar early you've never been near drugs nor a smoker in there life's my others kids are 4 and 2 and they are healthly ..I'm a good mom I just trying to help myself my family who watches my kids and my hubby understand a baby crys and screams for no reason

Jodi - posted on 02/24/2014

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This is totally normal. You shouldn't be expecting a 7 week old to sleep through the night. You are just going to have to go to bed earlier than usual so that you can tolerate the waking up. Stop putting cereal in his bottle - it clearly isn't working and you are filling him up with nutrients he doesn't need instead of giving him the nutrients (i.e. his milk) that he does need. You may also be causing digestion problems in the future.

The fact is, you are simply going to have to put up with it and adjust YOUR routine to deal with it.

Sarah - posted on 02/24/2014

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He is 7 wks....He is suppose to wake up every 3 hrs. That is healthy at that age. DO NOT put cereal in bottles! He is too little for cereal and e real should never be fed by bottle.

Tanessa - posted on 02/24/2014

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Well I have older family members helping try I have nephews and nieces who slept there the night in a week after birth so I no its possible ..and no drugs have been given to him hell never have them at this age I've never did a drug in my life nor my husband. And at the hospital I had him send one night in the nursery and the nurse the next morning told him he slept through that night ... idk I guess I'm asking for helpful suggestions not bad opinions ..sorry.

Gena - posted on 02/24/2014

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How could a parent of 3 kids think that a 7week old will sleep the whole night..You should know how it is with babys.I wouldnt give rice bottles,he is only 7Weeks old!You cant expect him to be sleeping the whole night.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 02/24/2014

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There is absolutely no way that the child was sleeping 6-8 hours at a stretch in the hospital. The nurses were most likely feeding for you. And, again, if he's your 3rd kid, this is not a surprise for you...

I'm sorry you're feeling the 'crazy' more this time, but in reality, the child could not have slept through the night at this age, unless he'd been given drugs.

Tanessa - posted on 02/24/2014

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Oh I no there been no digestive problem caused but he was sleeping through the night at the hospital and not here at home .. I try to keep him up as much as possible through the day but when he's awake well he wants to do is cry.. when nothing is wrong .. it can crazy someone crazy lol

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 02/24/2014

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Honey, he's SEVEN WEEKS. Hopefully you've not caused any digestive problems by introducing rice and oatmeal this early.

Sleeping 2-3 hours at a stretch, at 7 weeks, is phenomenal. And, since this is your 3rd kid, AND the other two showed no inclination to sleep through until after 6 months, you should realize that this is not something you can force.

All parents need more sleep. It comes with the territory.

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