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my 10-week baby seems to be hibernating for the winter!

he has been super alert and AWAKE since birth. sleeps great at night for about 8-9 hours, catnaps in the day with maybe one nap of an hour or so. definitely has been on the low end of total hours sleeping spectrum, but always happy and bright-eyed during his long stretches of awake time.

since it got really cold here a week ago, he can't seem to sleep enough. he has been taking 3 hour naps every day! he only wants to be awake for 1-2 hours at a time and then sleep 1-2 hours.

I guess it's a good thing -- he is always happy as anything when he wakes up. am I crazy to think that winter has something to do with these new habits?
 

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I found that when ds was a little baby, if I put him in a fleece sleeper with a fleece swaddling blanket and a hat on his head, he would sleep a lot more than usual and be sleepy all day long. Thankfully I only did this a couple times before I figured out that I was overheating him. Babies sleep more deeply when they are overheated, but it causes them thermal stress. I was just trying to keep him warm enough because he was a newborn and it was winter, and I didn't want to crank the heat due to all my postpartum sweating.

I'm not saying this is the case with your baby. Just putting it out there as a warning. I don't know how you're dressing him.

It could also be that he is consolidating his naps.
 

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My baby sleeps like that during growth spurts. Days of super alertness followed by days of nothing but sleepiness.

That being said, all mammals go through some winter-time changes. Usually we get sleepier and our metabolism slows down (to conserve energy during times of food shortage), it's probably the same for babies too.
 
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