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4 1/2 month old (preemie) and sleep

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He was born 2 months early. I just can't get over how much sleep he seems to need. He is awake for about maybe 5 hours a day and sleeps the rest. Nurses, sleeps, awake, sleep. I'm not complaining. It just seems like a lot. I guess I should be basing his sleep on what a 2 1/2 month old would do. He is alert when awake. When he gets fussy I just put him in his crib and he sticks his thumb in his mouth and asleep he goes. Just wanted to get some feedback from others on sleep and preemies.
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It is probably normal if he is eating well in spite of sleeping a lot. Did he have a PDA? Mine were 2.5 months early and never slept so well, at that age they were taking 2-3 naps per day and sleeping about 3 stretches of 2-3 hours at night(feeding in between). Now, at 6 months or 3.5 months adjusted one baby sleeps 8 to 10 hours most nights, while I am lucky to get one 3-4 hour block with the other one.
So, if he is eating well and developing well, you might just be lucky to have a good sleeper!
I would keep a close eye on his weight if he has a history of PDA or other heart issue.
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my dd was 5 weeks early, is 4 months old, and is rarely awake for more than 2 hours at a stretch. She sleeps a lot, probably 15-18 hours a day. i wouldn't worry as long as he is eating all he should be.
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