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Old Jun 16th, 2010, 15:17 PM   1
Smiley Lou
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how much day time sleep should a 5 week old get ?


hi all,

roughly how much should my 5 week old be napping in the day.. He is up a few times in the night, sometimes for a few hours ,,, it is starting to drain me, but I dont know how to make it better

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Old Jun 16th, 2010, 15:40 PM   2
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my lo slept mostly all day and was awake mostly all night up untill around 5 weeks for me it solved itself after 5 weeks. just make sure ur making the difference between night and day clear and u will be surprised at how quickly they pick it up. your babys still very young. x



 
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Old Jun 16th, 2010, 15:50 PM   3
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At 5 wks Omar used to sleep through for 6-7 hrs then wake up for a bottle, then sleep again for 3-4 hrs. He used to nap every 1.5-2 hrs during the day. But I have a good sleeper & babies r different.

edt: U can start establishing a bedtime routine. change, bath, massage, dim light, sleeping in cot, etc. It helps them make a difference between naptime & bedtime. Omar naps in his cot, I keep the curtains half open to get some light in, but at bedtime it's usually very dark with very little light coming in.



 
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Old Jun 16th, 2010, 15:58 PM   4
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mine has never slept well in the day. some babies don't have time to sleep (as far as they're concerned) from day 1 they were lucky if they got a cumulative amount of sleep fro 8am to 9pm of about 3 hours.



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Old Jun 16th, 2010, 16:57 PM   5
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I read somewhere recently that a baby under 3 months needs 15 hours sleep in every 24. Whether it chooses to sleep more during the night or day is up to the baby. At that age C was sleeping a couple of hours between each feed, and about 4 hours between each feed at night



 
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Old Jun 16th, 2010, 17:25 PM   6
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At that age Lucas slept for a lot of the time during the day, as he gets older it will be easier to structure his naps at the right times, when he is able to stay awake for longer periods x



 
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Old Jun 16th, 2010, 17:41 PM   7
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Ellie sleeps roughly 10/11-3/4 at night, bottle, then through to 6/7. She naps quite quickly after getting up in the morning for a couple of hours, then again after lunch for a couple of hours. Then from roughly 4/5pm she's awake with maybe one or two short cat naps until sleep at 10/11.



 
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Old Jun 17th, 2010, 04:43 AM   8
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I understand the norm is to sleep loads but from birth mine just does not sleep during the day. we've tried everything and all they do is have a 20 minute cat nap several times through the day. Its one of the reasons they are a slow gainer - they're super alert and active.
I think some babies just break the mould and although would have better temperaments if they did sleep more, short of drugging them I cannot get mine to sleep more.
As long as they are happy, feeding well, wet nappies etc then I'm afraid you might just also have a lively one. even from day 1 they spent the whole day/night up, much to the annoyance of all the other women whose babies were contently sleeping all the time. I do look at everybody elses newborns and wish mine would sleep as much as theirs, but the plus side is they appear to be a quick learner with really good strong neck from day 1 and smiling at us after about a week; which quickly turned into giggles.



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Old Jun 17th, 2010, 05:49 AM   9
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In total they should sleep for 18 hours. But this can vary in amounts and how often. My daughter from 6 weeks would sleep 12 hours at night in a row and then sleep frop about 20 minutes every 1-2 hours during the day. At 15 weeks she still does this. She has little cat naps



 
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