I know all babies are different. I'm not concerned with how Naomi is sleeping at night, I'm just curious about how much sleep in total other babies around her age are getting.
What time at night would you say baby goes to sleep? And what time does baby get up for the day? How is baby sleeping throughout the day?
I've been stressing about things lately. I feel like Naomi is always tired and I worry this is affecting her nursing. But maybe I'm over thinking things. I felt okay about everything until we went away for 4 days over New Years. Our routine was different there and it was actually nice and I enjoyed the extra hands. She wasn't as fussy throughout the day. Now that we're back home, I feel like everything I was doing before was wrong. I feel like we're back to having more time where she's either dozing or so tired (cranky) that I'm trying to get her to sleep during the day....it makes me feel like a bad mom.
Tonight for instance, Naomi has been sleeping in the living room with us since 7pm. It's now 8:45pm and she's still asleep even with the noise and distraction. She NEVER sleeps this long during the day. It's always cat naps and then fussiness with some periods of happy play with mom or dad. And 3 times today while nursing she seemed to not nurse for very long (only 5 minutes). And she only nurses when she wakes up feeling somewhat rested. I've never been able to nurse her to sleep during the day. She screams if I try to nurse her when she is too tired.
Should I be putting her to bed at 7pm if she's ready to sleep then? Any advice on how to get her to nap a little longer so that she might be more rested? Just give it time?
Nights are fine. Once we both are in bed (she's in a co-sleeper attached the bed) she generally sleeps for 3 hour stretches and lately has had some welcome 4 and 5 hour stretches. She still throws some 2 hour stretches in there to keep me on my toes. She falls right back asleep after nursing and I can live with the amount of sleep I'm getting. We tend to stay in bed for 10-12 hours in total (maybe more for me than her?)
I just feel a little sad that she seems to be so tired and fussy during the day. And the short nursing sessions worry me.