What do you do with small babies to keep them awake & entertained? Mine is 10 weeks and would literally sleep all afternoon. The problem is that then she is awake all evening and gets overtired. In the morning she is happy on her mat, watching me from her chair and singing songs etc with a nap after an hour usually. In the afternoon, she gets grumpy doing anything on her own (like being on the mat) and falls asleep if cuddled up to me. I've tried going out but she sleeps in the pram, sling and car. Any ideas? Could she just be bored?!
Thanks I'd say she sleeps more than the chart suggests for her age. She sleeps well at night but is awake in the evening even though she shows signs of being tired if that makes sense. During the day I wake her after 2-3 hours to feed and was just wondering what I could try to make her want to be awake for a little while after.
I never let any of mine go more than 3 hours between feeds in the day - you want them to feed in the day and not make up for it at night! I have an 11 week old and we do a rough schedule of feed-awake time-nap in the day, there's usually 1 to 1.5 hours between each nap. She still cat naps and feeds all evening though.
At 10 weeks she doesn't want to be awake more than 1h at a time mostly. Certainly no more than 90m awake time.
This includes a feed. So my awake time activities would be:
- wake naturally (note time and aim to have baby back to sleep within an hour) - full feed - wind cuddle - onto floor. Nappy off time, smiling with mummy time (maybe 5 or 10 minutes) - once grumpy, nappy back on. Some tummy time or under play gym (while I do a bit of housework) - first sign of upset, cry, wanting to be picked up - they means it's sleep time. Or 1h from waking, if that comes first. - reoffer breast for top up fed - into bouncy chair with dummy, bounce until asleep.