Am I expecting too much that my DD might start sleeping longer than 2.5 hours at a time at night.6 She's ff and hardly sleeps in the day, perhaps naps of 40mins-1hr max. She did sleep 9-4 the night before last but this seems to be a one off. Yesterday she woke at 4, napped 6-7 then was awake until 7pm napped til 8, Settled at 9 woke at 11.30 fed, slept 12.15-2 fed only took 2ozs slept 2.30-5 fed, slept 5.45-7.30 now feeding again. I do generally have a bedtime routine of bath, fed, cot then story which generally works but i'd just love a decent block of sleep. DD has about 28-30oz of formula a day should i try just offering water at 2am, as she never takes much milk then. Sorry if thats all a ramble but the lack of sleep is getting to me.
Have thought a bit more about your post and think that the lack of daytime naps may be the answer. if you could get her to sleep more in the day she may sleep better at night as the waking could be from being overtired.
At 8 weeks my DD is pretty much the same. On some odd nights she manages 4 hours in a row, but mainly needs feeding every 2 hours (by the time she feeds, burps and settles this doesn;t leave much time for sleeping for me!!!).
I am totally exhausted as I have to run around doing things every minute she is asleep, but I am hoping it will get better by 3 months old.
Booboostoo just wondering if you have tried DD in a sling in the day? She may sleep for longer if she is on you and you would be free to get some things done, although I seriously recommend sleeping when she does obviously. Online shopping, cooking in the slow cooker or takeaways anything to help you get through the sleep deprivation.
Thanks JJJ. She quite likes her sling, but it overheats her a bit (we're in the south of France and temperatures are in the 90s plus the body heat from the sling can get too much), so there is a limit to how long I can use it for! Also, I suspect the heat makes her more thirsty and she needs to bf more. I am hoping things will get better in a month's time!!