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5 week old sleeps 3 hours at a time but wakes every hour between 4-7

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Mandraki Sat 21-Oct-17 07:51:43

Our 5 week old girl will have a feed at 8,12 and 3, day and night, and sleeps well in between. However, every afternoon/morning she will wake hourly, sometimes hour and a half, from 4 until 7ish. I just want her to get the idea of the 6 o’clock feed rather than snacking for 3 hours until a proper feed around 8. Sometimes when she wakes I can just settle her, shush her to sleep but other times she is actively rooting for milk (bottle fed) and will take an ounce or so before sleeping again. Am I being over ambitious? Is this just a normal part of her sleep cycle sorting itself out or is there anything I can do to help her? I am just wondering because it is the same times morning and night and it’s every day pretty much.

Tilapia Sat 21-Oct-17 07:54:51

This sounds really normal for her age OP. Heavier sleep in the earlier part of the night and lighter sleep for the last few hours. Hang in there - it should improve over the next few weeks.

Mandraki Sat 21-Oct-17 08:07:36

Thanks for replying. As long as that’s normal I honestly don’t mind her waking! It’s hard to know what to do, she is our first, and there is so much conflicting advice in books and online.

SandysMam Sat 21-Oct-17 08:08:40

Very normal and pretty good for a 5 week old!

LapinR0se Sat 21-Oct-17 15:50:55

In the daytime what happens between 3pm and 8pm?

StinkPickle Sat 21-Oct-17 15:58:24

Yep normal (I’ve had 3) mine all did that exact thing.

Time will cure it.

Mandraki Sat 21-Oct-17 16:03:49

LapinR0se she usually does the same sort of thing in the day too, wakes for her 3pm feed but then will wake on and off between 4 and 7 sometimes hungry sometimes just having a nang.

FATEdestiny Sat 21-Oct-17 18:13:35

Babies do tend to be more awake and alert after about 4 weeks old, so it's not unusual that baby has woken up a bit more.

Maybe try to have 20 minutes or so floor play after each wake and feed through the day.

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