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Megankate2112 Wed 31-May-17 08:40:12

Hi all,

My daughter is 11 weeks old and has just about started sleeping through the night, she will go down to sleep (after a cluster feeding) from around 10pm till 5am.

However once she's up she will have a feed then maybe sleep for another hour then is up most of the day!

What time did your little ones start sleeping for longer at night?

HerculesParrot Wed 31-May-17 09:15:45

As I'm sure other people will be typing right now, 10-5 is an excellent chunk of sleep at that age. You are currently at the happy ending of the spectrum.

That said, my little girl started doing 10 till about 7 at 11 weeks and never missed a night till she was 7 months old. Since then she's been up 1-3 times a night. It doesn't always progress in a straight line... Enjoy your 7 hours and don't take anything for granted!

Lovelongweekends Wed 31-May-17 09:22:19

10 - 5 sounds like bliss!! Dd3 is 7months old and will still only sleep for 2.5hrs at a time and is up for the day st 5am!! Neither dd1 or dd2 slept through the night until I stopped bfing when they turned 1!!

LapinR0se Wed 31-May-17 09:24:25

At 11 weeks old your baby needs about 16 hours of sleep per 24 hours so it's really not good if she is awake most of the day.
What is happening about naps?

glitterglitters Wed 31-May-17 09:24:59

19 months.

Nottalotta Wed 31-May-17 09:25:07

Ds1 was waking once or twice a night at 12 months, slept through (bedtime to getting up at 4.30/5) at about 15 months.

Ds2 is 3.5 months and sleeps from bedtime (8/9pm) and wakes once or twice a night. Has been known to sleep 8-4!!

FATEdestiny Wed 31-May-17 09:29:19

then is up most of the day!

That's really unhealthy sleep. Awake most of the day starts from around 2 to 4 years old.

katiegg Wed 31-May-17 09:35:13

Both of mine were sleeping 8-6 by 3 months and then it became 7-7. Ds2 is 6 months and sometimes does 7-8.30! Both were cat nappers, very little sleep during the day - maybe 20 mins/30 mins here and there. Ds1 stopped napping completely a week after his second birthday, and from about 18 months managed a 45 min nap on a good day.

Depending on what you mean by 'up most of the day' i would call that unhealthy sleep hmm

well done to your little one for the big night time sleeps and long may it continue!

katiegg Wed 31-May-17 09:36:59

i wouldn't call that unhealthy sleep


MoominFlaps Wed 31-May-17 09:40:15

It is unhealthy sleep. There's no way an 11 week old baby should be up all day - they need 16 hours sleep in 24 hours at that age.

It's great her night sleep is so good but day sleep is equally as important. My 15 month old sleeps 11 hours at night and 2-3 hours in the day still.

OP does she not nap at all? Not even in a sling or pram?

Megankate2112 Wed 31-May-17 10:07:26

I think I may have confused things here! I say up most of the day but I mean she sleeps in the pram whenever we go out or she has 30/40 mins naps throughout the day!

I mean she just doesn't nap for longer than an hour at a time smile

Also not complaining at the nights sleep I know I'm lucky for now! Was just wanting to compare to other mummy's and babas x

EnglandKeepMyBones Wed 31-May-17 10:09:04

My 14 month old has only just started sleeping from 7pm till 4.30pm then is up for the day. Previous to this she woke hourly and had done since birth.

Megankate2112 Wed 31-May-17 10:11:00

I used to be up every hour for feeds and then just all of a sudden when she was about 7/8 weeks she just slept through! I remember panicking at first as I couldn't believe I had a good night sleep haha!

FATEdestiny Wed 31-May-17 10:11:05

Awake for most of 17 hours in 24 and asleep for only 7 hours in 24 is unhealthy sleep for any child, certainly a new baby. A flip of those awake/asleep proportions would be more appropriate.

Megankate2112 - a reasonable approximation for sleep at this age would be approximately 90 minutes awake time followed by a nap (which might be short) all through the day. Babies are all different, but this would be a fair average.

Having a good block of 7h at night is great, not unusual at this age. But baby needs a lot more sleep than that. 14-18 hours sleep in 24 hours would be a figure to work towards.

Maybe you and baby need to work on a few methods for getting baby to sleep in the daytime?

FATEdestiny Wed 31-May-17 10:11:40

Crossed post with both of the above posts from op.

pumpkin17 Wed 31-May-17 10:12:41

My son is 18 months and still hasn't slept longer than 3-4 hours in a row. I'd put up with a 5am start if I could get that chunk of sleep!

Frazzled2207 Wed 31-May-17 10:13:55

2ish (years) confused

Megankate2112 Wed 31-May-17 10:17:39

She does get that amount of sleep but it's made up of shorter naps throughout the day which just feels as though she's up! I think my post was misinterpreted, sorry for not putting it across clearly smile x

FATEdestiny Wed 31-May-17 10:28:33

Don't worry, short naps are usual that this age. Keep them frequent by limiting awake time between one nap and the next.

Naps in something that moves is a great way to try to extend short naps - bouncy chair or pushchair for example. But that will come when baby is developmentally ready.

OhGood Wed 31-May-17 10:30:00

Hi OP.Congratulations on your baby! It sounds like you're on the right track. It took a while for my 2 to settle down to "proper" daytime naps. DS (the second) didn't start napping in anything like a routine until he was about 8 months old.

I would say if you're OK and your baby is OK, just go with it, and enjoy this little patch of blissfully good night-time sleep while it lasts! Plenty of time to start easing your baby into a routine when you're ready to do that.

Megankate2112 Wed 31-May-17 10:34:23

Thank you! Yeah I haven't got a set routine with her at all for naps I just feed her on demand and let her nap when she's ready, at the moment she tends to fall asleep on me for her naps or in her rocker, she seems to dislike the Moses basket during the day!

katiegg Wed 31-May-17 10:36:48

I didn't think you meant she was up for 17 hours straight OP! Sounds like she's doing great, long may it continue 😊

MoominFlaps Wed 31-May-17 10:46:24

Oh, in that case fine - she's not up all day. Cat naps are totally normal at that age, my son didn't start doing long naps til he dropped the third nap at 6.5 months.

glitterglitters Wed 31-May-17 10:47:52

Tbh we didn't really have a nap structure until about 6 months +

Uiscebeatha85 Wed 31-May-17 11:22:24

I'd be grateful for 10-5, that's amazing at that age. Long may it last 4 month sleep regression may fuck things royally

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