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Great daytime sleeper, dreadful at night!

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PetrovaFossil1 Tue 17-May-16 08:39:22

Hi, my six week old exclusively breastfed baby sleeps fantastically during the day. He can nap for 3 hours easily and this morning went 5 hours between his 8am feed and eventually I woke him at 1pm.
At night time however he tends to only sleep for 1-2 hours at a time before waking.
I tend to offer him a feed and he'll feed for about 5 mins or so max before drifting off so I sense it's comfort rather than hunger he is after, but if I don't wind him thoroughly he'll wake when I put him down and cry.
Given I know it's possible for him to go longer between feeds, how can I gently convince him he should do this at night instead of the day?
Or do I need to just lower expectations and wait it out...?
I do ensure it's bright and noisy in the day, night feeds are done in the dark and silence and I try to avoid changing him if possible but he still seems to be nocturnal!

PetrovaFossil1 Tue 17-May-16 08:43:42

Just to add, I haven't been waking him normally in the day as I was hoping to go down the 'sleep begets sleep' route rather than the Gina Ford style approach of denying daytime sleep to tire them out but maybe that's where I'm going wrong?

minipie Tue 17-May-16 14:04:13

Usually I'm in the sleep begets sleep camp (overtiredness is AWFUL) but I do think you have a bit of a day/night confusion issue going on and in your shoes I would be waking him a bit more.

At this age they tend to do just one long stretch (ie 5 hours) between feeds per 24 hours, so you want to try to get that to be at night.

I certainly wouldn't advise the GF routine (she allows far too little sleep for newborns IMO) but maybe wake him after 2.5 hours max in the day?

PetrovaFossil1 Wed 18-May-16 22:01:47

Thank you! I did indeed wake him in the day to break up his sleep and he went for an unprecedented 6 hrs between feeds in the evening. I should have been tougher on daytime sleep earlier.

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