My 7 week old hardly naps during the day!

Brianne - posted on 02/13/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I'm a first time mom who has fallen into the bad habit of nursing to pacify ALL DAY LONG. I usually nurse my baby to sleep, wait until he's in a deep sleep, then transfer him to his bed. This process can take over an hour, and he only stays asleep 20 minutes to one hour. I've heard people say "put your baby down for a nap at the first sign of sleepiness". Well, I know the signs, but is there some magic trick I don't know about? If I tried to put my baby down when he was anything other than in a deep sleep, he would be crying within minutes. I'm tired of spending hours upon hours nursing, and I feel bad for my overtired baby. HELP!

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Dove - posted on 02/15/2013

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A 5 hour stretch at 7 weeks old. 'Technically' speaking... 5-6 hours IS sleeping through the night. I was lucky if I ever got a 5 hour stretch out of my son under a year... He only slept a 10-11 hour night a handful of rare times until he was 2.

Your baby sounds fine. Exhausting you, of course, but fine.

Brianne - posted on 02/15/2013

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Ok, thank you for the advice! I will just keep it up and hopefully he will start napping longer as he gets older.

Brianne - posted on 02/15/2013

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I would be happy with that set up, but my little guy only sleeps about 8 hours a night. He goes down from about 10 until 3, then wakes up to feed, then goes back down from 4 until six. I'm just concerned because then only way I can get him to sleep is by nursing.

Dove - posted on 02/14/2013

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My son never napped longer than 45 minutes until he was down to one nap/day (over a year). 20 minutes naps were his 'normal' most of the time. He wasn't overtired at all. Just a cat napper who loved to nurse. Some kids easily adapt to a schedule. Others don't. Neither is automatically right or wrong. Eventually they no longer nurse or nap.

Personally speaking.... I'd keep doing exactly what you are doing (because that's what I DID).

Amanda - posted on 02/14/2013

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My son was like that too. He would nap for maybe 15-20 mins at a time if I were lucky. He was a very good nighttime sleeper and was sleeping 12 hours a night by about 4 or 5 weeks old. He's now nearly 5 yrs old and I think I can count on one hand the amount of day naps he has had since 6 weeks old on 1 hand.

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