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11 day old newborn but slept 7/8 hrs night - should i be worried???

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blossom2 Mon 18-Jul-05 07:31:51

My 11 day old baby slept for 6 hours on saturday night and slept for 7/8 hours last night. i had to wake her up for this morning's feed.

i don't think this is normal. she is still losing weight but only very very small amounts (which is normal) and does feed for 2 hours from 9-12pm. But i'm still worried.

Have anyone experienced this ??? she has about two long sleeps during the day (about 3 hrs at least)....

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Fran1 Mon 18-Jul-05 07:36:22

I seem to remember my dd sleeping 6 hours at this age - it didn't last!

I never woke her for a feed.

Maybe she is still recovering from the tiring birth?

poppy101 Mon 18-Jul-05 08:47:06

blossom2 are you feeding the baby ? and what the baby a normal delivery or by csection?

bubbaloo Mon 18-Jul-05 09:10:51

my ds is 4weeks old and in the beginning(first week)he slept loads and we were told to wake him every 4 hours for a feed.he was very sleepy as he had jaundice so i used to set my alarm clock to wake him up.
now the jaundice has gone im not waking him and havent done for the last 10-14 days and he is also sleeping quite a lot.
on saturday(typical,as dh was doing the night shift!)he had his last bottle at 10.30pm and slept right through til 6am!
normally he wakes up between 3-4am so he sleeps for 5-6 hours.
now i know his jaundice is gone im really not worried about it and infact im quite relieved that he's not a baby that does wake up every 2hours.
maybe if your'e concerned speak to your health visitor,but if he's otherwise healthy i dont think it would bother me.
lets us know how you get on!

dizzymama Mon 18-Jul-05 09:29:00

DD did this Blossom and then when she reached a month it stopped big time! I agree with the others, if she is healthy then enjoy it while it lasts. But, yes, check with your health visitor incase they want you to wake her for feeds during the night. She also spent most of her days sleeping. Try not to worry (easy to say I know)but put your mind at rest by ringing you HV.

blossom2 Mon 18-Jul-05 09:56:38

I had a very normal delivery with DD. Over in 7 hours and 5 pushs!! She does have jaundice but very mild and it seems to be going away already.

unfortunately i'm here in paris, so nothing as wonderful as health visitors. i would not even know how to contact a midwife. i've got an appt with GP this afternoon, but don't have confidence in his knowledge of newborns, so wondering if i should make an appt with a pediatrician.

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jampots Mon 18-Jul-05 10:07:22

my dd slept through the night for one night only at 11 days - had to wait another 4 weeks before she did it again! make the most of it and as long as your happy with her general development/progress then be grateful

SofiaAmes Mon 18-Jul-05 21:40:21

The only thing you should be worried about is why you aren't thanking your lucky stars you ended up with a sleeping newborn. My first fed day and night every 2 hours for the first 6 months. My second slept 5 hours straight the first night and did similarly or longer from then on. Funnily enough as they got older, it was my first who really became the good solid sleeper who rarely wakes up during the night and my second who still at 2.5 wakes up once or twice during the night.

starlover Mon 18-Jul-05 21:43:21

blossom i may be going against the grain here by the sound of it...

but if she is still losing weight then you really need to wake her to feed her more often.

I would be feeding at LEAST every 4 hours (probably more) to make sure that she starts gaining. i don't think i am wrong in saying that by 11 weeks they shouldn't be losing weight.

She may be sleepy because she isn't feeding enough. My ds refused to feed when he was born and was constantly tired/asleep. it's a vicious circle then because they sleep more so feed less, and the less they feed the more they sleep!

milward Mon 18-Jul-05 21:49:00

blossom contact the paris 'message' childbirth trust group to speak to a supporter. Are you bf? If you are then wake your baby up for a feed every 3-4 hours minimum to establish your milk supply.

milward Mon 18-Jul-05 21:50:35

parents group in Paris.

Kittypickle Mon 18-Jul-05 21:52:02

I agree with Starlover - I ran into a few problems with DS when he was jaundiced, sleeping too much and not feeding. I was told to make sure he fed at least every 4 hours.

peaceandlight Mon 18-Jul-05 21:54:46

i think the babe is 11 days not 11 weeks old

starlover Mon 18-Jul-05 21:56:18

sorry... yes... i meant days!

popsycal Mon 18-Jul-05 21:56:26

I agre with starlover too

lovecloud Mon 18-Jul-05 21:58:45


from birth i had to wake my dd for feeds, i bf and was told to not let her go for more than 6 hours in the night. So I had to set my alarm to wake myself and then wake her! If I left her she would of carried on sleeping which I found out when I was so tired I fell back asleep after turning the light iff and she slept for 8 hours a few times. I remember the hv finally told me to stop waking here when she was 12 weeks and from then on she has always slept through for 12 hours. She was 7.11 when born and stayed on the 75th centile. She was never a very chubby baby and even now just eats enough to fill up, she even hands back a chocolate bar half eaten! I think your baby may just be satisfied with what she is consuming. As long as she is alert when awake and her weight stays within a healthy range then you should thank your lucky stars as many people on here have a terrible time with sleeping and evem have to resort to sleep clinics so I hope your little dd is just a great sleeper like mine... be warned if they are great at one thing then they usually cause havoc in some other area... they have to keep us on our toes

Congratulations on becoming a mummy - its great and you have so much fun to come!

Amai Mon 18-Jul-05 22:09:41

Hi Blossom, I asked my HV about waking my dd who was sleeping through the night after a couple of nights at home and she said why would you want to wake her? Just sleep! As she was bottle fed she seemed to get enough and could sleep loads. It was quite normal that she lost weight in the first couple of weeks apparently.

Bellie Mon 18-Jul-05 22:37:38

Hi blossom,
my dd always had to be woken for food as she never seemed to know when she was hungry - still very rarely cries for food (a different thread altogether!!).
However, she slept through (10.30 - 7.30) from 3 weeks and the hv said not to wake her, as long as she was staying on her weight line (she was) and she was alert and happy.
As lovecloud says where they do well in one thing they keep you on our toes for others.
Enjoy the sleep that you get now as teething is another experience

Pisces Mon 18-Jul-05 22:55:38

Hello Blossom

My first born slept through the night at 4 days old!!! From 10pm to 5am. The Midwife said I should wake her for feeds and the GP told me not too!!!! I left her to sleep and she was a wonderful baby and yes, she gained weight slowly, but she gained. By 3 weeks old, she was sleeping from 9pm to 7am.

It made me such a relaxed person as I did not suffer with sleep deprevation. I did suffer with my second a little boy, he did not sleep through the night until 26 weeks and was awake every hour!!!!

Flum Mon 18-Jul-05 22:57:34

I remember that happening too. Scary you just wake up and look at them and think. why are you asleep? wake up.

ended up prodding her to wake her up.

the second time it happened I just lay back and counted my blessings
They are a law unto themselves. One night awake every hour, the next asleep for 10 hours.

GetOrlaithOut Mon 18-Jul-05 23:44:29

All 3 of mine slept through at this age - they've all been amazing sleepers. In fact I can vividly remember my Dad not seeing ds1 awake for about the first 3 or 4 weeks - honestly - he slept for England! Count yourself lucky, I did!

Didn't wake them for feeds either! Lord no!!

GetOrlaithOut Mon 18-Jul-05 23:48:21

Oh, regarding the weight, ds1 started off at birth on over the 50th centile but although he gained weight it was very slow and over his first yr he slowly slipped down and down to the 9th centile where remained and still does. He's 4.5 now - he's small build but by no means skinny - perfectly healthy, happy, very active and sporty and bright (so I'm told). No worries.

He slept like a dream and was never that interested in food.

Ds3 still lost a little weight at 11 days too but you should see him now at 10.5 months. He ain't skinny! AND, sleeps like a dream!


Anyway - to sum up - ENJOY!!!

kgc Tue 19-Jul-05 01:23:58

This is totally normal.....I have this with my 6 week old...and have done since she was this age....are you breastfeeding or bottle feeding??? Let me know.. I was breast but changed to bottle as she was so demanding....DO NOT WORRY IT IS have a lovely, normal, happy baby........enjoy the lovely silences!!!!! And as for her is normal for a very young baby to go up and down with weight...unless your H.V and DoC worried you have no reason to worry and should not be all babies at this age can go up and down with weight....good luck...

blossom2 Tue 19-Jul-05 05:25:54

i should have enjoyed it whilst it lasted, because last night, didn't sleep until 1.30am and woke at 4.30am. hasnt gone back to sleep since .....aaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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Carla Tue 19-Jul-05 06:45:20

I'm with starlover on this too - even if if she's 11 days, not 11 weeks old, it is quite a long time to go without a feed. But I could be paranoid because at 12 weeks dd2 started behaving like this. I thought whoa! a baby that sleeps! There must be a God up there.

And then she got admitted to hospital with bronchiolitus.

Don't want to scare you at all, b2, but I would get it checked out. Could you phone your old GP in GB?

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