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25/07/2013 at 15:47
Little man doesn't seem to want to sleep during the day. is this normal? He's 8 weeks old, but this has been going on for a few weeks. He will sleep on me, but when i put him in his basket, within 5 minutes he's awake again. i've tried just letting him sleep on me, but he still doesn't stay asleep for very long. I don't let him sllep in his night time bed because i like to keep that separate. At night he goes to bed at 9 and sleeps right through to 5 or 6 though. I just don't know what to do because he get's so grumpy because he won't sleep!
25/07/2013 at 16:06
I do t think there is normal with babies at that age. E hardly slept as a very small baby and M was rarely awake. If he's sleeping so well at night, I wouldn't be worried. Is he feeding well? Perhaps he is just nosey xx
25/07/2013 at 16:24
He is feeding really well. He's just so grumpy during the day because he's tired, but nothing I do makes him happy. I feel awful! He'll fall asleep for a minute then jump awake like he's been given a fright, then starts screaming like he's in pain.
25/07/2013 at 16:27
E didn't nap at all in the day for the first 5 months but slept all night. It changed when he started teething and his sleep broke. We had a few awful weeks with that and I managed to get him into a good nap routine as it seemed like he needed it then x
25/07/2013 at 16:32
P rarely sleeps either but the jolting awake and crying sounds like P's silent reflux. Does he have any other symptoms - www.thesleeplady.co.uk/silent-reflux-tips
As an experiment see if he will sleep upright against your shoulder? Will he sleep if you are walking with the buggy? P sleeps best upright in the baby carrier against me x
25/07/2013 at 16:44
He does have a lot of those symptoms! He is really alert, has fab head control, hiccups all the time too. But his feeding is nornal. He takes his bottle as normal and feeds every 3 hours. What is silent reflux? And what do I do about it?
25/07/2013 at 17:17
H hardly ever sleeps in the day. He also used to go through the night but that broke at 4 months, now he doesn't sleep day or night!
Try taking him out in the pram or car to lull him to sleep. Or we got a swing which helped get about 30 min naps
Some babies just do t like sleep
25/07/2013 at 17:26
Silent reflux is where the stomach contents come up into the throat and cause a burning sensation
Its "silent" because they dont actually vomit. P is on infant gaviscon prescribed by GP to help keep the acid down but we are still struggling as are our tri friends WorkingHard and BexyBexy. If this is a common thing i would speak to your HV or GP. P feeds normally too....
25/07/2013 at 17:43
I was wondering about silent reflux too reading your op about the waking crying in pain - though he could be grizzling due to over tiredness too. Sam has reflux and hence we struggle with day sleeps, especially if I have the cheek to put him down ;)
If I was you I'd use his crib if he's happy in it, I think personally him sleeping is more important than where he sleeps or keeping things separate. That's the approach I've taken anyway and he's so much happier if he gets some good day time naps in so I do try and persevere. Sam isn't the type to just sleep in the day, he fights it and needs some encouragement but obviously does need it or he wouldn't nod off. Maybe W is similar?
25/07/2013 at 17:48
Isla fought sleep when little and would go all day with no nap at all. We found the Hoover was a god send. She used to fall asleep in minutes when it was on. Sometimes I think she just got overtired then could never drop off on her own x
25/07/2013 at 18:03
Oh yes extractor fan is our fail safe. And Twinkle Twinkle!
25/07/2013 at 18:09
I echo what Maisie said. My little h doesn't sleep a lot during the day but seems to sleep best if I take him out in the pram and he always falls asleep in the car seat. I have propped up the mattress a little in the pram now which also helps as I keep day and night time sleeps separate too x
25/07/2013 at 19:56
When Finn's silent reflux was really bad, he barely slept during the day at all, in fact improved sleeping is something I have been considering when trying to work out what is helping the reflux. He also feeds well, it's a comfort thing. I also read that reflux babies often sleep through as they are so exhausted. Perhaps make a diary of what he is up to for a few days and look at it again to see if reflux is a possibility.
On a side note, anyone notice that so many babies seem to have reflux these days, my mum had never herd of it and now everyone she speaks to knows a baby who has it. Is something causing it or are we just more aware of it?
25/07/2013 at 20:03
Jrj.. I think it's just more awareness maybe. My mum says in her day they would have just given gripe water as they had nothing else. Mother in law had no idea what it was and told me I should just feed him slower!!!
25/07/2013 at 20:10
I think a lot of people are looking for an answer for restless babies, reflux symptoms are quite common. Isaac showed a lot of the symptoms, but not consistently and I just think he was a normal, windy baby. Not down-playing those with LOs who have reflux btw, just musing.
RKB - theres lots of growth spurts and wonder weeks in the first 12weeks. I remember things getting better after 12 weeks, wind/sickness etc improved and I could begin to teach him to self settle too. Fingers crossed its just a phase. I second taking him out for a walk or if you have a sling? Babies can't transition through sleep cycles very well, typical cycles are 30min and 45min so if hes sleeping for this amount of time, its probably that hes struggling to carry on sleeping. Movement will help and maybe shhing?
25/07/2013 at 20:33
Also just thought that we used to put Isla down exactly 2 hours from when she last woke even If she wasn't showing signs of tiredness. Usually if u spot signs of tiredness they are already over tired and struggle to self settle.
26/07/2013 at 07:25
Thanks ladies. He does love the pram, and I do take him out in it, but again, the minute I stop, he's awake again. McSquirtle, I didn't know about the sleep cycles being so short. He went to bed at 8.20 last night, and he's just starting to wake now at 7.25.
I mentioned reflux to my mum and she hadn't heard of it either.
26/07/2013 at 07:43
Rkb that's amazing sleep!! Jealous!
26/07/2013 at 07:46
I know bexy! I was quite surprised at him. After a nightmare of a day I was expecting him to be up and down all night! Now if only I could teach H to sleep through too and not wake me, I'd get the benifits! :-)
26/07/2013 at 08:54
I know that feeling!
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