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Catherine, mama to Preschooler Girl 9/08, and Toddler Boy 3/11
Not till week 6 do newborns have a circadian rhythm to help them with days + nights. They'll have a long sleep somewhere within 24 hours (like 4 hours or so), but mostly they just wake, eat, have some alert time, eat some more, then conk out within an hour or two and start it all over.
At 12 weeks or so they start to have an organized nap pattern, but till then it's just a little chaotic. I wouldn't bother having a set daytime schedule till about 10 or 12 weeks.
We've been doing pretty well following baby's lead and letting her sleep as much as she can. She's started to go to bed around 8 or 9 then sleep/eat till about 3 AM when she want to have another alert time. I sort of ignore her and hope she'll fall back asleep, but end up rocking her back down by about 4:00 or 4:30. Can't wait till she stops doing that wake up! I'm fine with waking to nurse (I can mostly sleep through that ) but waking up to play is different.
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