this is normal, right?

(3 Posts)
lalath Mon 28-Mar-16 13:48:45

DDis nearly 6 weeks old. She's my second child but first child was a while ago and I can't remember much about the early days.

DD is asleep for much longer than she is awake - asleep about 15 hours out of 24. Plus, she doesn't really sleep for more than 2.5 hours at a time during the night (every now and then she'll go for 3). And often she'll only go for 1.5 hours in the night. She's ebf, perfectly healthy, etc.

Does her sleep sound normal? It seems like she should be going longer in the night (DS was much, much worse, but he was sick for a lot of the time). I can't keep her awake for longer during the day - she really can't stay awake for longer than about an hour, sometimes one hour twenty minutes. And I can't bring myself to wake her during her naps - when she has been woken she's been horribly upset.

She is fed on demand, and feeds A LOT, during the day, but it doesn't seem to help her sleep for longer periods! She does actually sleep for longer than DS did, but I think he was unusual, and I've really no idea what normal is!

FifiFerusha Mon 28-Mar-16 14:27:34

Yep, sounds very normal. Does she cluster feed in the evenings? My DS would have five to six hour feeding sessions sometimes ( nightmare) . After he may go between 3 or 4 hours at night if I was lucky. It will get better and better and the stretches of sleep at night will get longer, hang on in there x x

Ps the awake time for 6 weeks is 45 to 60 mins. You are doing a great job and she is getting the sleep she needs smile don't try and keeps her up longer in the day it will impact negatively on night sleep.

lalath Mon 28-Mar-16 14:35:11

Thanks - I really needed the reassurance smile

She does cluster feed, yes, so hopefully she'll start going for longer soon. As I said, she sleeps a lot better than DS ever did, so in some ways it's a blessing, but I have no idea what is normal (and I should stop listening to people who claim that their newborns are doing 5 hour stretches at night)!

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