How do I get my 5 week old to sleep longer at night?

Amy - posted on 08/27/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )




His sleep schedule now is waking every 2 hours to nurse whether its during the day or night. I have been reading a lot.on different ways to get him to sleep through the night. How do I stretch out his feedings so he does sleep longer?


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Emily - posted on 08/27/2011




You wait a few months and hope for the best. ;) Seriously, you just can't expect good sleep at 5 weeks. He doesn't know that you're exhausted, he only knows that he is hungry and needs you. It will get better over time. You don't need to do anything different.. he will stretch out his feedings naturally over time. He sounds like a very normal 5 week old!!

Jennifer - posted on 08/27/2011




Yep, like the other 3 said, you can't sleep train a 5 week old. You're exhausted and would just love some sleep, and I promise you it will come soon enough. For right now, think of those times as an incredible chance to bond. At night, the t.v. is off, there are little distractions with everyone else in bed, and you can focus solely on that new little bundle of joy. The funny thing with all my kids is that by that point I was like you. I just wanted the sleepless nights to be over with, but when they were, I really missed them.

Tyrae - posted on 08/27/2011




My daughter started sleeping 6 hour stretches right when she hit 6 weeks old all on her own. But I noticed when she was doing that she was eating every 45 min-1 hour during the day. It's either you get more sleep and then don't get to do anything during the day because you are constantly feeding, or you don't get sleep but can do stuff during the day. There isn't much you can do to get your 5 week old to sleep longer. These days go by fast and before you know it he'll be crawling and walking around and you'll wonder what happened to the little baby you just had months ago. :)

Jodi - posted on 08/27/2011




For some babies, every 2 hours is normal. You cannot sleep train a 5 week old baby. However, you COULD try to feed him more frequently during the day.. A baby needs a certain number of calories, and if they are able to ingest more calories during the day, they are more likely to need less during the night. Just remember at this age their tummies are very small and can only hold a certain amount, so small frequent feeds are the norm until they get a bit bigger.

Other than that, welcome to motherhood....... unfortunately those early days mean a LOT of lost sleep.

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