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27/03/2013 at 13:40
as mine refuses too, says it should be awake a maximum of 2 hours, however d can go easily 5 hours bright eyed awake and feeding, we've tried all the tricks rocking etc- she won't be swaddled. Even trying to get her to nurse asleep doesn't work as she ends up comfort sucking and my nipples are already battered! Just wondering if anyone else's baby did this. We are going to try a walk in the pram later as its been too cold and wet to try that up to now.
whilst I know it's important she sleeps right now worry that we used to be able to put her down for naps but we are going to start teaching her bad habits in a bid to get her asleep and stay asleep, she is only sleeping about 10 hours a day!
27/03/2013 at 13:45
B is 6 weeks corrected and sleeps probably 12 hours out of every 24, he will often be awake for a good few hours in the morning when he first gets up. Anytime I go out in the car he's asleep in 5 mins
is she happy and content while awake?
Can't really remember with mine, but please don't worry about starting bad habits at this age - she is only just a week old and barely knows she is even a separate person to you yet. Best bit of advice I've ever heard is 'Do what works until it stops working, then do something else.'
27/03/2013 at 13:47
If she is happy being awake then I really wouldn't worry. Plenty of babies sleep more or less, if she is tired she will sleep (or be fractious if she only likes to sleep in a certain position).
27/03/2013 at 14:10
What Margot said definitely. I did all the bad habits with N but he got over them quickly. A sleeps for around 20 hours a day so quite a lot but I think it's because she was small and hungry so feeds a lot then sleeps all to gain weight (my theory anyway).
27/03/2013 at 19:47
J was the same HF, some days he was really sleepy and others would be awake for endless hours (or it felt that way)- its hard to think of them as little people but they are so not all the same and by the book unfortunately. Growth spurts can often effect it- J would crash after a few days of constant feeding and suddenly sleep all day/night (thi didn't last long).
Don't worry about 'bad habits' - I rocked J to sleep, let him sleep on me for a while/co slept....basically made a did for my own back In many people's eyes. I'll admit that he now doesn't self settle but he will fall asleep on me after being rocked after about 5-10 mins and then I'll put him down 10-20 mins later so half an hour to sleep which I far better than the hours of crying we did have as he was so overtired after I stupidly listened to people tell me he needed to learn to self settle- they way we do it works for us and honestly I enjoy every second of rocking my child to sleep.
Sorry that turned into a rant! I think my point is that you do whatever works best for you and your baby and find your way as you go along. It is knackering when they don't nap so cake is essential to see you through x
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