Baby only catnaps

Amanda - posted on 06/01/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )




My 5 week old son does not sleep much. Often he will fall asleep on my husband or me only to wake up when we put him down. Or if we do get him down he will wake up after about 20 or 30 mins. Any sugestions? He often gets fussy after eating too but I think that's because he wants to be held more than that he's still hungry but I'm not sure. I"m a first time mom so I'm still learning ;)


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Shawna - posted on 06/02/2011




My daughter was the same way. She would only cat nap on her back. She HATED to be swaddled. She was a longer baby so she would kick right out of the blankets. It wasn't until she slept on her stomach that she slept just fine. At 5 weeks my daughter slept on my or my husband's chest every night. and when she turned 4months I moved her to the bed with us. I'm not telling you to do either as it's a personal choice but those to things worked for us. At 5 weeks I didn't want my baby in the crib alone, she was my first one and I wanted her with me. Now the side effects to that is that she is 20mo and she still sleeps with us. I'm ok with because she sleeps through the night, so if that doesn't bother you, then try it out. I'm learning that parenting is trial and error until you find out what your angel likes.

Amanda - posted on 06/02/2011




We actually elevated his crib a bit, and I've put him down in the swing seems like sometimes he'll sleep sometimes not. He does not spit up much but I do think he might have some reflux because he has a lot of wet burps and gets the hiccups a lot. I'm not sure though. Still trying to figure all of this out.

Seems like he really likes to sleep on me but as soon as I set him down he's awake again. I know he's tired he has dark circles under his eyes. At night he fusses and grunts a lot and does not seem to get much quality sleep. I have to go back to work tomorrow my leave is over so I just don't know what to do. I feed him 5oz every 3ish hours so I don't think he's still hungry. I just don't know what to do. I just want him to get the sleep he needs but he fights is so hard.

Claire - posted on 06/01/2011




Welcome to the club :) Make sure you burp him really well. You'll soon be able to tell a "good burp" from a "not-so-good burp" and he may need a second attempt to get that "good" one out. The timing you're mentioning makes me think it's a gassy issue, but it could also be acid. Have you tried elevating his torso while he sleeps? Maybe try putting him in his bouncer or swing to nap and see if he still fusses then let us know if you need more suggestions.

Good luck! We've all been there!

Janelle - posted on 06/01/2011




My son was the same way. Until we put him to bed on his tummy, then he slept good. It's trial and error until you find what they like. he also would not sleep in anything but footie sleepers absolutely had to have his feet and legs covered. He is 4 now and still hates not having socks on.

Tyrae - posted on 06/01/2011




Unless I put my daughter in a dark room, with the fan on and she is swaddled she only does catnaps too.

Rebecca - posted on 06/01/2011




my son was the same way I don't know how you feel about co-sleeping its the only way I could get him to sleep he would not sleep unless I was holding him for the first 3 months

Lissa - posted on 06/01/2011




Is he possibly just full of wind, if he is fussy after eating and being laid down he may just be needing burped. Also he is still very tiny babies like to sleep on their parents, it's comforting to hear your heartbeat, it makes him feel secure. At this age babies don't sleep for a long time in one go, they eat, poop need comforting fall asleep then an hour later it's eat, poop again. Lack of sleep is, I'm afraid, par for the course at this age.

Stacy - posted on 06/01/2011




Hi and congratulations! I am a mother of two and recently was part of a conversation on whether or not to allow your child to sleep on their tummy. You can check it out if you want, but if you ask me, this is the answer to the napping situation. I have a 7 yo and a 9mo, both of which, did the same thing. Eventually I ended up laying them on their back or side and they would sleep for HOURS! I am aware that there is always a concern for SIDS, but as long as there are no loose articles/toys in the crib, his airway isnt obstructed in anyway, no bumperguards or blankets, pillows or stuffed animals (that could suffocate) and he is able to lift his head, I say try it and see if it works. My kids would always do the catnap thing "on their backs". I have always been a very cautious parent, and check on my children often though. I even wake up in the middle of the night to check on them, since i had children I dont sleep hard anymore.

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