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Sleep Habits

post #1 of 35
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I started this thread in an effort to create a space for a topic that I am sure we will want to discuss at different ages/stages to come. 

post #2 of 35
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I will start it off with two questions.

 

Our LO (2 months old) slept for 7 hours the other night. At this age is that something that will become routine? Or a fluke?

 

LO also wakes up at 3:30am - is it possible, if we put her to bed later, to get her to wake up around 4:30am instead? (When I go back to work it would be so much easier to get up and feed her at 4:30am, than 3:30am. As waking up at 3:30am and going back to sleep just leaves me super tired in the AM). 

post #3 of 35

There seems to be no telling with what will be habit and what won't.  I figure it's easiest to just approach everything sleep-related with "it may very well change."  Good or bad, babies change so much so frequently during the first year that sleep can go every which way and there's no real predictability.  (But that's also coming from a person who won't put her babies on a schedule)

 

Not sure about waking an hour later.  My other babes always seemed to wake around 3:30ish too.  You could try really keeping her awake and playing a lot before bed if an earlier bedtime doesn't work.  They're getting to the age where they seem to physically respond to a lot of activity.

 

My little guy is throwing me off with his sleep.  I cannot believe how much/long this baby sleeps.  My first baby hardly EVER slept, and my next two were "good" sleepers according to me (napped *fairly* well, got some 6ish hour stretches at night, etc).  But this guy will nap for hours throughout the day, then sleep for 8-10 hours at night, only waking to nurse MAYBE once or twice.  I figure that God gave me a baby who sleeps really well for SOME reason, but I am so much more comfortable with a baby who wakes a bit more, just because I wake up anyway and have to make sure  he's still breathing!!  Thankfully he's not a deep, deep sleeper.  And at least I have no high hopes for keeping my cycle away considering my crappy history of that despite nursing around the clock with the babies, because not having that frequent night nursing is sure to cut my time even shorter.

post #4 of 35
The longest stretch Theodore has given us is four hours, and he's only done that twice. *sob*

We are so, so, so tired.
post #5 of 35

Its hit or miss with Silas right now. Some nights he only wakes once, some nights he's up all night. I sometimes wake more times than he does because he makes a lot of noises while sleeping - like grunting or squeaking, even though he's still asleep. He even makes this one noise that sounds like a goat! LOL!

 

IronMam - do you cosleep? I find Silas sleeps much better in our bed than in his cradle.

post #6 of 35
So glad Cody isn't the only "goat" out there! I kept saying I gave birth to a goat when he started those.
post #7 of 35
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Originally Posted by IronMam View Post

The longest stretch Theodore has given us is four hours, and he's only done that twice. *sob*

We are so, so, so tired.

This is us too. Very tired. Trying to remember it's only temporary but it's so hard! 

 

And we alternate between co-sleeping and the bouncy seat, usually half and half every night.

 

Oh- we have a goat too twins.gif It cracks me up!

post #8 of 35
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Lots of noises here too. I had no idea!
post #9 of 35
I didn't know there were babies who DIDN'T do that! LOL. Mine all have!

Cosleep all the time here. I can't imagine not cosleeping. I would die. LOL
post #10 of 35
Yup.. As much as I want him to be able to sleep on his own, a little side nursing puts him soundly to sleep in bed next to me. Whereas if I nurse on the Boppy and then try to set him down, he almost inevitably wakes up.
post #11 of 35
He has had restless sleep patterns and more daytime fussiness. I wonder if it is to do with physical/developmental growth happening. Yesterday he rolled from his belly to back, and the day before from his back to belly.
post #12 of 35

Last night was crazy. I picked Silas up from the sitter at 5pm and he was asleep in his carseat already. I woke him up at home around 6:30pm so I could change & feed him as I was going out. He came with me but stayed asleep in his carseat. I finally took him out of the carseat, still sleeping, at home at 8:30pm...but he did not want to wake up. He then slept in his cradle until 1am, when I fed & changed him and he went back to sleep until waking at 5:30am. So he was essentially sleeping for 12 hrs!! I wonder if a growth spurt is coming on..

post #13 of 35
When Rheiner falls soundly asleep on the boob around 8 or 9 in the living room, we can transfer him to the pack n play, and hell sleep until we bring him upstairs around 12:30. Then, usually, if he wakes, I change and nurse him. Transferring Rheiner from nursing himself to sleep in the bed into the Arm's Reach co-sleeper results in him waking 99% of the time. Maybe if I had time to leave him to settle into deeper sleep before I fall asleep myself, or wanted to let him sleep in my chest, things would be easier. Anyone else trying to mix some actual sleeping in the co- sleeper in with co sleeping? How's it going? Any tricks or strategies you've learned?
post #14 of 35

When I'm trying to put Silas down for the night, I feed him on the couch until he falls asleep, then I usually put him in the swing until I'm ready to go to bed. He'll stay alseep just fine in the swing.  I don't have a co-sleeper but I have a cradle Silas sleeps in sometimes, which is next to my bed. He has to be in a pretty deep sleep to actually stay asleep when I put him in though. My trick is to but the Boppy in the cradle (its a large antique wooden cradle that my Grandma used as a baby so there's plenty of room for a Boppy). I lay his head in the middle of the Boppy and lay him on his side so he's cuddling the Boppy as if its me. So I try to transfer him from the swing to the cradle - which works only about 50% of the time.

 

Why not just try putting Rheiner in the co-sleeper right away instead of the pack n play? If he's sleeping ok in the pack n play, he should stay asleep in the co-sleeper too, right?

post #15 of 35
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Originally Posted by MaineCoastMama View Post

When Rheiner falls soundly asleep on the boob around 8 or 9 in the living room, we can transfer him to the pack n play, and hell sleep until we bring him upstairs around 12:30. Then, usually, if he wakes, I change and nurse him. Transferring Rheiner from nursing himself to sleep in the bed into the Arm's Reach co-sleeper results in him waking 99% of the time. Maybe if I had time to leave him to settle into deeper sleep before I fall asleep myself, or wanted to let him sleep in my chest, things would be easier. Anyone else trying to mix some actual sleeping in the co- sleeper in with co sleeping? How's it going? Any tricks or strategies you've learned?
When I'm nursing Eleanor during the night and she falls asleep but is still suckling a bit, I keep her on the breast as I slowly lower her into the crib, as she touches the mattress, she pops off me, and I slip away. Usually works. If not, I leave the room for a minute and she falls asleep without the distraction of seeing me. Sometimes she's so overstimulated at bedtime that even nursing is a distraction
post #16 of 35

Gray has been waking up every two to three hours to eat since birth. It never fails. BUT the last two nights, he has slept for about five hours straight, waking up only for a few minutes to nurse, and falls back asleep for a couple more hours. 

 

During the day, he often falls asleep in his rock n' play by himself with a paci after he is finished nursing or had a bottle. At night I nurse him to sleep and wait for him to be so soundly asleep that he is limp to move him into the co-sleeper or the rock n' play beside my bed. Sometimes I pull him in the bed with me to nurse him when he wakes up and we just sleep there for the rest of the night. 

 

I do have a question though. Gray will be two months old tomorrow. For the last couple of days, he has been eating less and sleeping way more. I COULD be producing some more milk since I've been drinking a TON of water, but if we give him a bottle, whereas he usually eats 3 ounces, he will only take one or two ounces. I have read on some forums online that around 8 weeks, babies tend to do that for a few days, but have any of you guys had this happen? It just worries me a little bit that his appetite has seemed to disappear. 

post #17 of 35
I like that idea but then he'd be upstairs while we are still down here but might be worth it for longer sleep and no transition.
post #18 of 35

It's so interesting hearing what everyone elses babies are doing!

 

Griffin will "doze" during the day and if he's in the moby, he'll usually sleep pretty good for a few horus at a time (I've never really timed it, so I don't know how long...) He tends to take a longish nap in the evening for about 3-4 hours from like 5 - 9 or so and then up for an hour or two and then falls asleep for the night around 11 or 12 and we get about a 4 hour stretch, wake to nurse and then a nurse/sleep rotation until about 9:00 when he wants to wake up and play for a while.

 

The only time he will stay asleep after being laid down is around midnight. We'll put him in the rock-n-play doohicky and he'll stay asleep in that for a while. Other then that, he's in arms or a carrier or in bed. I wouldn't have it any other way <3

post #19 of 35
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I do have a question though. Gray will be two months old tomorrow. For the last couple of days, he has been eating less and sleeping way more.

 

I noticed this too. I chalked it up to nursing being more efficient. (Def. not drink as much water as I should be - smile). and our Lo is 9 weeks old. 

post #20 of 35
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Question: Our LO sleeps through the night (6-7 hours) from 9-10pm to 430-6am, nurses and then goes back to sleep. She does not cry when she wakes up - she is in the co-sleeper next to  me and I know that she is awake and so I bring her in bed to nurse. Does this mean she is not learning to self-soothe? Is she too young to learn that skill?

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