My newborn stays up for 4-5 hours is this normal?

Tracy - posted on 05/31/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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He is only 28 days old. Also he was born with a cleft lip and palette. He sucks a lot of air due to that and has a lot of gas.

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Natasha - posted on 05/31/2009

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I have a friend her son was born with cleft lip and cleft palet do u by a chance have a myspace i can give u her myspace link and you can add her and shed be happy to answer any questions u might have.

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Tracy - posted on 06/05/2009

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Quoting Belinda:

Does he prefer to be upright and get unhappy when you lie him down? Maybe he has a touch of silent reflux? My friend's little boy had this but it took ages for her doctor to diagnose it because he wasn't spilling. She swears that without a front pack she'd have gone crazy. Do you have one? I really hope you find a resolution soon, it is so hard when they don't sleep plus it makes it hard on your other child not being able to get any quality time with you. Big hugs to you.


He just gets mad when i put him down period =). Even if he falls asleep and I put him down he will cry like 5 seconds later. If he's really tired he wont mind being put down for an hour or 2. Yea I have a baby bijorn. I put him in there sometimes. Can't really do much with him in there. Yea its hard for my older son cause I can't be there for him as much =(. Hopefully it will get better.

Tracy - posted on 06/05/2009

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Quoting Natasha:

I have a friend her son was born with cleft lip and cleft palet do u by a chance have a myspace i can give u her myspace link and you can add her and shed be happy to answer any questions u might have.


here is my myspace www.myspace.com/dreamer0212

Heather - posted on 05/31/2009

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I got an Ergo baby carrier. Saved my life- my daughter wouldn't ever let me put her down. She loved to nap in it, was much happier being cuddled upclose to me.

Belinda - posted on 05/31/2009

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Does he prefer to be upright and get unhappy when you lie him down? Maybe he has a touch of silent reflux? My friend's little boy had this but it took ages for her doctor to diagnose it because he wasn't spilling. She swears that without a front pack she'd have gone crazy. Do you have one? I really hope you find a resolution soon, it is so hard when they don't sleep plus it makes it hard on your other child not being able to get any quality time with you. Big hugs to you.

Tracy - posted on 05/31/2009

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Quoting Natasha:

my daughter stayed up periods of times like this as well. i wouldnt be overly concerned unless its causing him to be overly fussy and uncomfortable. my daughter was also alot different from alot of the other babies i had taken care of. she liked skin on skin contact. the dr helped me figure that one out. she also liked louder music than most babies and she liked me to sing to the loud music. sometimes you just have to find your own little thing.


Yea sometimes he's in a good mood sometimes he gets fussy. It's hard when he is fussy for hours. So  I try everything and nothin seems to work. And sometimes he does fall asleep , but only for like 10-20 mins. Also he has a cleft lip and palette. I'm thinking maybe thats why. Cause my 1st son slept all the time. I don't know.

Tracy - posted on 05/31/2009

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Quoting Lee-Ann:

Does your baby seem to gaze without blinking and get big saucer like eyes during these times? If so, like said below, you might be missing the tired cues and your baby is in overtired mode and when in this state they won't fall asleep for a long time. Look for yawns, going still and then doing jerky movements (like the falling response). Swaddling, jiggling, darkened room (low stimulation), pacifier, and maybe a white noise cd are good ways to help your baby settle to sleep. I know people say, don't worry s/he'll sleep when he's tired, but trust me you want to teach your baby how to sleep now, not leave it till they can add screaming to their overtiredness. Ask your leading maternity carer to have a look at your son if you're unsure.


Yes! He has saucer like eyes and stares at the ceiling like he sees a ghost then starts crying. He doesn't cry all the time though..sometimes it seems lke he wants to play. I know he is tired so i try everything! It doesn't work. Nothing works. He cant take a pacifier cause he has a cleft lip and palette. He just kicks and moves his arms a lot. Sometimes he sleeps for 20 mins and wakes up. Plus he wont even let me put him down. I can't even breastfeed, shower, eat or use the restroom if no one is here to hold him. Last night he was up from like 10pm-3am. It took me 2 hours to put him to sleep. I was exhausted. Maybe i should tslk to a doctor. I will call monday. Thanks!

Tracy - posted on 05/31/2009

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Quoting Alison:

When my little girl was first born she was normally awake around this length of time every night and no matter what i did she just wouldn't sleep but at 4 months old she just started sleeping through that period, babies don't have a 'bedtime' when there in your belly they're awake whenever, which isn't good for us mums but generally organising a night time routine and sticking to it is the best way for them to get out of it, also the sight of you dropping off usually shows them night time is sleep time.


wow till 4 months? was she a little fussy too?

Tracy - posted on 05/31/2009

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Quoting Kate:

Even newborns have wakeful periods. My daughter used to stay up 2 - 3 hours and sometimes as long as 7 hours in the late afternoon/evening before settling down for the night (not that she slept through -- but she slept in longer stretches). If he doesn't seem tired, then just let him stay awake and cuddle him and talk to him. If he DOES seem tired, then wrap him up in a swaddle and feed him in a dim room and try to get him to sleep. But remember that every baby is different. Some newborns need to sleep 20+ hours a day; others only sleep 16 - 18. It just depends.


yea my son sometimes stays up for 5-7 hours.Yea he does not seem tired he is wide awake and very active. I'm just worried he might burn his calories and lose weight. Yea when he is tired I tried giving him a bath, swaddled him, fed him, but still he will stay up even though his eyes look so sleepy. Sometimes it's so hard cause he's fussy for hours, but not crying.

Natasha - posted on 05/31/2009

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my daughter stayed up periods of times like this as well. i wouldnt be overly concerned unless its causing him to be overly fussy and uncomfortable. my daughter was also alot different from alot of the other babies i had taken care of. she liked skin on skin contact. the dr helped me figure that one out. she also liked louder music than most babies and she liked me to sing to the loud music. sometimes you just have to find your own little thing.

Lee-Ann - posted on 05/31/2009

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Does your baby seem to gaze without blinking and get big saucer like eyes during these times? If so, like said below, you might be missing the tired cues and your baby is in overtired mode and when in this state they won't fall asleep for a long time. Look for yawns, going still and then doing jerky movements (like the falling response). Swaddling, jiggling, darkened room (low stimulation), pacifier, and maybe a white noise cd are good ways to help your baby settle to sleep. I know people say, don't worry s/he'll sleep when he's tired, but trust me you want to teach your baby how to sleep now, not leave it till they can add screaming to their overtiredness. Ask your leading maternity carer to have a look at your son if you're unsure.

Tracy - posted on 05/31/2009

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Quoting Belinda:

You might be missing his sleep cues and he goes into overtired mode. The rule of thumb with newborns is that they can't really manage to be awake for longer than about an hour, that includes feeding time, so even if he doesn't actually seem tired or protests a bit about it, try putting him to bed after an hour. He might need some cuddling in a very quiet dark room, or feeding to sleep or you could lie down in bed with him (good excuse for you to have a rest too) to actually get him off to sleep. Little babies that age must never be left to cry themselves to sleep, and you can't spoil them so whatever it takes to get him to sleep at this point is fine.


Yea I tried everything! I give him a bath, feed him, cuddle with him in a dark room, rocking, singing...it can go on for hours and I get tired out and worried. He wont even let me put him down in the swing or bouncer. Yea I don't let him cry. He's just a newborn I would never do that. I'm just freakin out cause my 1st son he slept all the time. I know each baby is different, but I don't think this is right. He might be burning to many calories. Plus he is very active. Do you think it has anything to do with his cleft lip palette? He was born with a birth defect. Maybe he doesn't feel good.

Alison - posted on 05/31/2009

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When my little girl was first born she was normally awake around this length of time every night and no matter what i did she just wouldn't sleep but at 4 months old she just started sleeping through that period, babies don't have a 'bedtime' when there in your belly they're awake whenever, which isn't good for us mums but generally organising a night time routine and sticking to it is the best way for them to get out of it, also the sight of you dropping off usually shows them night time is sleep time.

Kate - posted on 05/31/2009

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Even newborns have wakeful periods. My daughter used to stay up 2 - 3 hours and sometimes as long as 7 hours in the late afternoon/evening before settling down for the night (not that she slept through -- but she slept in longer stretches). If he doesn't seem tired, then just let him stay awake and cuddle him and talk to him. If he DOES seem tired, then wrap him up in a swaddle and feed him in a dim room and try to get him to sleep. But remember that every baby is different. Some newborns need to sleep 20+ hours a day; others only sleep 16 - 18. It just depends.

Belinda - posted on 05/31/2009

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You might be missing his sleep cues and he goes into overtired mode. The rule of thumb with newborns is that they can't really manage to be awake for longer than about an hour, that includes feeding time, so even if he doesn't actually seem tired or protests a bit about it, try putting him to bed after an hour. He might need some cuddling in a very quiet dark room, or feeding to sleep or you could lie down in bed with him (good excuse for you to have a rest too) to actually get him off to sleep. Little babies that age must never be left to cry themselves to sleep, and you can't spoil them so whatever it takes to get him to sleep at this point is fine.

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