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what was your worst age sleep wise?

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dontcarehow Wed 27-Mar-13 19:58:19

just wondering when the worst age is generally. lo is 5 weeks and i guess i'm just hopeful that newborn is the worst stage and that i might get some sleep at some point soon! wishful thinking i know!

QTPie Wed 27-Mar-13 20:11:00

Definitely up until 5 weeks. After that he was down to one feed a night (4am) - DS was exclusively breastfed. By 12 weeks he consistently slept through the night (about 9pm until 6am) - heaven.

DS consistently slept through until about 13 months old. Between 13 and 19 months he had disrupted sleep because of teething (we moved a mattress, duvet and pillow next to his cot and would take it in turns to go on and sleep there holding his hand through the bars - some times would get to sneak back to bed). He has been consistently sleeping through since 19 months (except for illness), although these days he comes into our bed by himself at some point each night /morning (he is 3 years and 2 months). We don't mind though.

Flisspaps Wed 27-Mar-13 20:11:24

Ugh, definitely newborn

Rororowmeboat Wed 27-Mar-13 20:25:27

Sorry less than 6 months the sleep was ok. Obviously night wakings but you expect that with a newborn don't you and easy to feed back to sleep. It's as they start to develop, stand, shout, talk and wake at 5am every fricking morning (15 months onwards) that it starts to get hard!

SingSongMummy Wed 27-Mar-13 20:26:04

First 8 weeks for both my DD's. Has been pretty much plain sailing since, so good luck and hang in there!

MatchsticksForMyEyes Wed 27-Mar-13 20:28:07

Newborn til 19mths for DS never doing it again

ItsOkayItsJustMyBreath Wed 27-Mar-13 20:32:00

2 year old DS is now worse than a newborn as his screams and demands from his bedroom are sooooo loud and desperate I'm sure the neighbours must have at least considered calling the emergency services.

Sorry OP, LP going through sleep training this week, not normally this bad.

DameSaggarmakersbottomknocker Wed 27-Mar-13 20:33:39

From a year to about 3. <shudder>

Beatrixpotty Thu 28-Mar-13 13:32:34

Newborn..then 6-7 months whilst still breastfeeding and starting to wean.That was worse then newborn for me,both DSs woke every hour & it killed me.Then by 8 months everything improved.

waterrat Thu 28-Mar-13 13:42:03

sorry - I have to warn you that the first couple of months were definitely not the worst for me - at 4 months ish there is a sleep regression that seems to be common (was among my friends anyway) - I wish I had known in advance as I was starting to relax and think 'oh the sleepless nights are behind me' - but DS started waking hourly - more sometimes! I was BF and just kept feeding him back to sleep and on reflection think I made it child will get it tougher from me!

MamaBlue4 Thu 28-Mar-13 14:54:40

Ds1 - upto 9 weeks.
Dd - 6 months - very demanding baby and very clingy.
Ds3 and ds4 - first few months - although still waking like newborns but more settled during day.

Also, the teething stage, isn't very pleasant. Cranky babies are the worst.

rrreow Thu 28-Mar-13 15:06:26

Around 6-8 months. Hourly wakings every night. Drove me mad. As a newborn DS was actually surprisingly good, averaging stretches of 3-4 hours a night.

ChoudeBruxelles Thu 28-Mar-13 15:08:36

6 months til about 3 yrs. I expected the very early days to be awful sleep wise. Thought it would get better after about 6 months - more fool me. Ds didn't sleep through regularly til about 2.5 and then would wake really early every day.

waterrat Thu 28-Mar-13 16:09:22

just to add a positive note - although of course different for every one - at 7ish months we did some sleep training - didnt leave him to cry but did sit and pat/ sing etc rather than pick up from cot - and there was a very quick and massive improvement in his sleep - he now sleeps through 11 hours .....does wake up early but you cant have it all! I dont think the sleep training on its own made him a good sleeper - partly it was food as well and stopping BF at night - but it definitely helped.....

Loislane78 Fri 29-Mar-13 20:03:58

DD was a dream until 4 month sleep regression, going from 1-2 feeds per night (but not another peep) to waking hourly. Settled down a little at 7.5 mo but still not sleeping through so finding out tougher now - compounded sleep deprivation! Not as bad as some in that she settles v quickly, but its the disturbed sleep.

Started some light training (currently teething) and will be night weaning in a couple of weeks too.

Thing is, you just get on with it so I wouldn't get stressed. Yours might be great smile

SJisontheway Fri 29-Mar-13 20:08:23

Dd1 was bad for her first 2 years but the first 6 weeks were hellish. The rest was a breeze in comparison. The newborn phase with regular feeds and a baby that won't be put down is definitely the worst I've been through

niceupthedance Sat 30-Mar-13 08:17:08

It was really really bad from about 7-14 months, because by then I was so tired and fed up.

He slept through for the first time at 16 months, but now he's 2 he still gets me up twice a night, then up for the day at 5.30.

Sorry if that's not helpful OP! If it's any consolation most of my friend's babies didn't have this problem sleeping.

NotSoNervous Sat 30-Mar-13 08:19:51

DD1 is 5m and the last week has been terrible! Waking every hour , taking ages to settle and fighting it during the day <<wraps arms around self and rocks in the corner>>

BedHanger Sat 30-Mar-13 08:39:40

Newborn to 2.5 he's only 2.5

On the upside, my 4 week old DS2 sleeps really well. Much better than his big brother

equiliteral Sat 30-Mar-13 11:51:03

For both of mine, newborn then 4-7 ish months has been worst in terms of getting the least sleep. But with DS2 I have found 18 months to now (23 months) fairly depressing as he still wakes at least once and often more each night, and after almost 2 years of broken sleep the exhaustion is kicking in. Sorry!

undercoverSAHM Sat 30-Mar-13 11:54:27

My worst sleeping age was 31, when I had my first DD wink

Seriously, 0-7 months then fine. It got harder and harder as time went on from 0-7 months as you get progressively more tired but then suddenly everything works out :-)

almostanotherday Sat 30-Mar-13 11:58:32



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almostanotherday Sat 30-Mar-13 14:39:05

It was also when we took bottle and dummy's away when DD was almost 3 hmm

JiltedJohnsJulie Sat 30-Mar-13 14:53:16

With des it was just the first 5 years, but that wasn't entirely his fault bless him,

Dd was the first 6 weeks.

Do you manage to get a lie in and can someone take Lo out for a walk after a feed so you can have some rest?

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