I am a new mom to a little girl who is 1 month on Sunday. I just had a question about how to get them to sleep longer during the night. She is just now only formula fed (I was pumping and mixing with formula till yesterday). During the day she will sleep for 2 1/2 - 4 hour blocks but at night she is up every 2 hours on the nose! Then she only eats 1-2 oz before passing out and I can't get her to take more so she wakes up 2 hours later for more. I have tried to help her differentiate between day and night and at night feed her in the dark in the bedroom, no stimulation really (no eye contact or talking) so she will go right back to sleep (which she does most of the time). She does tend to have one episode a night where she is up for 2-3 hours WIDE AWAKE! I don't mind when it is before midnight or after 5am as I don't really consider this the middle of the night but sometimes it is at 2am. Anyways, any tips for me??? As this is my first baby I am a little lost....
This isnt going to help. But at the moment its very normal. Apart from making nights as dark and quiet as possible its something they just grow out off. You could try feeding more often during the day. Also try more activitys during the day as well,.
Same here! i cried and cried out of frustration and tiredness last night as luke was wide awake between 12.30 and 3.30am. He had only had last feed at 11pm too, and awake again at 5am. i would do anything for a whole nights sleep, just keep telling outselves it will get easier x
Yep this is so normal from what I've seen. I know how you feel because it does feel a little like they'll never learn! But just wait, as little as a week from now her habits will be completely different. Do you do a bedtime routine? I found the bath really helped teach her "it's time for a long sleep now"! Also, bear in mind your LO is now getting used to just being FF. I did the same - pumping/FFing for the first 7 weeks then onto FF full time - and it took a while for her digestive system to catch up.
I have found having a bedtime routine helps with the day and night differentiation and my LO is 4 weeks too. I normally bath her, get her into her sleeping bag, feed her and then give her a little cuddle until she's nodding off and then put her in her moses basket. She normally sleeps for 5 hours has a feed then goes back to sleep for another 3 hours. We are having a go at putting her down earlier tonight as she seems very tired. Anyway it's trial and error and what works for on doesn't always work for another. Just remember it's not forever and try and catch up on sleep in the daytime if you can
oliver is just the same, i was up from 4-5.30am today trying to get him to go back to sleep! we're trying to get him into a routine so it's a nice warm bath, nice warm towel, breastfed in bed and then SLEEP. he'll go 4 hours after that until his first feed, and then he doesn't sleep much afterwards. it's still very early days for them so just try to ride it out - it can only get better (or so i continue to tell myself ). x
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