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Volleyfeet Sun 23-Mar-14 05:34:00

Looking for advice/reassurance! My 2.5 week DD is breastfed and still has day/night confusion in a big way. In the daytime she tends to feed 2 hourly in the morning and then if left will do up to 3-3.5 hours in afternoon. The problen is then at night. She is wanting to feed almost hourly through the night and then takes literally until her next feed to get settled in her Moses basket.

We have tried an expressed bottle last thing at night. She takes it happily but has no effect on sleep. I know she is still so little but I am averaging a total of 2-3 hours sleep total in periods of 30 to 45 minutes and dreading my DH going back to work as will be just me coping with it.

Please tell me this improves! Or is there anything I can try to get her to sleep longer at night? I am really not keen on co sleeping/bed sharing. Thank you!

lolalotta Sun 23-Mar-14 05:40:22

It will improve I promise. My DD had night and day mixed up for a little bit too, she did get it right after a week I think! The only way I survived in the beginning was by trying to get some sleep from about 7.30pm in the evening,cumulatively the little pockets of sleep I was getting added up and made things a little easier. Good luck, I know it's exhausting.

NomDeClavier Sun 23-Mar-14 06:32:23

It really does improve soon. They can't actually distinguish between day and night until 6w. DD is 3m and for the first couple of months I just sat in a chair and cluster fed her from when DH got home/DS went to bed, until midnight. Then she'd want feeding again around 3/4am.

It is exhausting but it is do worth it. You really reap the benefits further down the line!

wigglylines Sun 23-Mar-14 06:48:57

If you don't want her in the bed, how about a threesuded cot? We have one and they're great. DD wakes every hour if not sleeping next to me. Once next to me she sleeps beautifully (I am awake right now as I have stuff on my mind. She's asleep next to me!)

DD wakes hourly if not near me, it's not just about milk, it's about a strong instinct she needs to be near her mum. I would be at the end of my tether if trying to make her sleep in a Moses basket at night.

There is a 3 sided cot you can get from German Amaxon, for about £100, I can find the link if you like?

lolalotta Sun 23-Mar-14 07:27:13

I second the three sided cot. They are amazing!

HorraceTheOtter Sun 23-Mar-14 07:32:14

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Volleyfeet Sun 23-Mar-14 07:43:11

Thank you everyone. At least it should improve at done point! Could i possibly have the link to the three sided cot? We have been persisting with the Moses basket as she sleeps in it fine in the daytime but willing to try anything at the moment for just a couple of hours sleep!

I have been trying to snooze in the daytimes too but usually just manage to drop off and DD wakes for a feed, given she is generally 2 Hrly. At least she is putting on weight and having lots of wet and dirty nappies so reassured she is getting sufficient despite needing to feed so often.

ShadowFall Sun 23-Mar-14 07:44:08

It will improve eventually.

DS1 had his days and nights mixed up until he was about 4 - 5 months old. He used to have long sleeps in the day and be up all night wanting to feed or play. And then it suddenly just clicked into place for him and he started doing things the right way round. It was exhausting at the time though.

If it's at all possible, try to have a nap when the baby's sleeping in the day.

NomDeClavier Sun 23-Mar-14 08:07:36

We have a Snuzpod which is amazing by you can also hire a Bednest from the NCT.

mrsmugoo Sun 23-Mar-14 09:02:04

Marking my place in this thread, my 11 day old DS is exactly the same.

Naps on and off in the day sometimes in basket sometimes on a folded blanket in the corner of the sofa (supervised) but at night just wants to feed and feed and not go down.

Hope yours sorts herself out OP you have my sympathy

TheScience Sun 23-Mar-14 15:10:44

I have a 2.5 week old too, and if I tried to put him in the moses basket at night I wouldn't get any sleep either! Feeding lying down with the baby next to me has been a life saver. Babies just naturally don't want to be put away from you at night.

FrankelandFilly Sun 23-Mar-14 22:09:57

I'm so glad I'm not alone!

DD (PFB) is 13 days old and for the last 36 hours just seems to want to feed all. the. time. I've got one shredded nipple due to a poor latch in the early days which means it is pretty painful at times, though liberal application of Lansinoh and a saline solution is helping.

I'm not even convinced she is getting milk at times, more that she is sucking for comfort, as she feeds for up to an hour (both sides).

FrankelandFilly Sun 23-Mar-14 22:12:02

Oh yes, and she won't settle in the Moses basket either. I haven't mastered feeding lying down but am either ending up sleeping propped up on pillows with her on my chest or with her in the bed next to me.

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