baby oliver

Rebecca - posted on 06/01/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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my baby is now 4 weeks old, he was born on 3/5/10, 10 days late, i'm loving bein a mummy, though i'm so tied he does not sleep well at night, any suggestions, already tryed giving him a big feed and a bath

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Rachel - posted on 06/01/2010

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I agree with Kristin, you just have to establish a difference between day and night because at this age all they do is eat and sleep. A good pattern I used during the day was Feed, Play, then Nap and be active with your baby during the day. During day feeds don't let him fall asleep during nursing, but tickle his toes or talk to him to keep him awake. At night the pattern is only Feed, then back to bed. And when you nurse at night only have a dim light on. I used to nurse on one side, then do a quick diaper change, then nurse on the other side so I could get him back to sleep. Btw my son's name is Oliver too. He awoke 2 times at night for just the first couple weeks, then only once until about 12 weeks, then I cut out that feeding and he started sleeping 7-8 hours straight. He is almost 14 mos now. Good luck and let me know if I you would like any more advice.

Kristin - posted on 06/01/2010

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Try keeping him a bit more awake during the day. Keep to what would be your regular routines, light, and noise levels. This is what daytime is for all of us. Then at night, keep it dim, boring, dull. You need just enough light for feed him and check for poop. If you must, keep sounds mindless (shushing, tuneless humming, NO words or melodies now). Feeds must happen, but don't look in the eye and lay back down when bub's is drowsy. For burps, gentle pats or rubs to encourage baby to just relax and let it happen. If you don't mind and he's in a disposable, leave him in it if there is no poop. The coolness from changing him might wake him up.

That being said, infants wake up ALOT. They have tiny bellies that empty quickly, no matter what you put in there. Be patient with both yourself and him about this. You are still healing and should be resting quite a bit still. Right now, if you need a nap, take one (or two). If you need help around the house, ask for it and take it when it's offered.

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