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Madallie Tue 18-Feb-14 23:09:59

I have 1 dc but can't remember the newborn phase too much. It all seems like a blur.

Dc2 is only a few days old and is adorable, content and so cute. She mostly feeds and naps on and off all day I am breast feeding, although she often doesn't seem satisfied by what I'm producing. I'm feeding on demand and she is usually wanting to be fed every 3ish hours through the day. She's then awake for a short time and then falls asleep.

When it gets to the evening, usually about 7/8pm, she is much more awake, feeds on and off until about midnight and will then sleep Til about 3am, feeds Til 4am then sleeps another couple of hours. She can be quite restless until midnight and cannot be settled in her crib. I just wondered if this sounds typical of a newborn? Will she eventually shift her sleep pattern and start sleeping between 7/8pm and midnight? Is there anything I need to do to help/encourage this to happen?


TeenageMutantNinjaTurtle Tue 18-Feb-14 23:19:06

Feeding every three hrs and cluster feeding in the evening is pretty standard newborn behaviour if I recall correctly...

It will sort itself out in time... You'll find some people who advocate a routine from day 1 and some who feed on demand until babies are toddlers... But I think a lot depends on the nature of the baby.

Good luck! The first few weeks are tough!!

TheScience Tue 18-Feb-14 23:24:02

Sounds very normal. What makes you think she isn't satisfied with breastfeeding? Many newborns feed a lot more frequently than 3 hourly!

AnythingNotEverything Tue 18-Feb-14 23:33:34

Sounds completely normal. Encourage differentiation of night and day by keeping night times dark and boring and daytime bright and interesting. Try get baby outside every day.

You're doing great. Congratulations.

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