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How long should my 6 week old be sleeping for?

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Mouserama Thu 25-Jul-13 15:50:08

My DD is 6 weeks old, and hardly sleeps during the day. I was wondering whether this was normal!

She is a good sleeper at night. Goes down at 10pm, sleeps till 4-5 am then wakes for a feed. 45min feed then sleeps till 8.30ish. Then she wakes up. She'll then have a short nap at lunchtime (if I'm home, this is normally 30 mins, if she's out in the car or pram, she'll sleep for a couple of hours). Then she is awake until bedtime at 10pm again! From what I've read, it doesn't sound like she's getting enough sleep and she's usually quite grumpy in the evenings, but just wants to cluster feed.

How much sleep do/did other people's babies get at 6 weeks?


glossyflower Thu 25-Jul-13 16:47:31

Mine is a very good sleeper (she's 13 weeks now, and has been since about 5-6 weeks), in fact I seem to have the opposite problem, mine sleeps an awful lot. She sleeps all night between 7pm and 6am and takes loads of naps in the day. A few nights ago she's been ready for bed at 5pm, and still slept right through.
When she wakes early in the morning I bring her into bed with me and we doze/feed. Then by 8am she's awake, and we have a chat and play, get up and dressed. Then she naps, which varies in length but she is usually awake again by 10am. Then early afternoon she will sleep again, for an hour ish, yesterday she slept from 230pm until 530pm (and still went to sleep straight away in her cot at 7pm).
To be honest, from what I've been told, as every baby has different sleep patterns, it doesn't matter, as long as between sleeps they are alert and seem happy.
As for being grumpy in the evenings and likes to cluster feed - I believe that's a common baby thing. Mine did that too, but she's seemed to have grown out of it.

ditsydoll Thu 25-Jul-13 18:38:02

Mine never sleeps, day or night! Lol count yourself lucky!

rob99 Thu 25-Jul-13 18:43:54

3 hours, 47 minutes and 28 seconds, no more, no less !

LMonkey Thu 25-Jul-13 19:00:49

For the first 4 months of my baby's life, I would just take him to bed with me when I went to bed (about 10.30 ish), feed him then put him in his cot. That way he would tend to sleep til about 5.30am which meant I was getting a decent block of sleep as well. I probably should have started a proper bedtime routine sooner like the Health Visitor said (i.e. putting him to bed about 7pm), but to be honest this just worked for us really well for a while and I started a bedtime routine when he was about 4 months old which he got used to really quickly.

As for daytime naps, ds only naps for about 20 - 30 minutes usually, twice a day (he's 7 months now). Some babies don't nap, although 6 weeks is very young to not be sleeping at all during the day. I don't think it matters too much, as long as they aren't too grouchy during the day and especially if you are getting a decent amount of sleep during the night!

Can you speak to your Health Visitor? I find speaking to one when I take him to get weighed is really helpful - I just launch a load of questions on to them and they usually give me a plan of action.

What have you tried to get her to have a daytime nap? Do you put her in her cot? Play white noise/music? Do you dim and quieten the room to signal that it's nap time?

Does she not fall asleep after a feed? My son would every time!

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