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premie baby sleep probs

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donnacb Mon 28-Mar-05 21:52:29

hi new mumsnetter so thought would give it a go. has any one else had a premie baby. my j was 7 weeks early and is now nearly five months but not sleeping through the night. he wakes up once. is this normal. he seems hungry then. started him on solids but i suppose he is really 3-4 months old hmm v difficukt to work out. any suggestions for the through the night thing greatfully recieved

serenity Mon 28-Mar-05 22:02:41

Can't give you any advice, sorry. I just wanted to say that plenty of babies aren't sleeping through at 5 mths so I don't think it's to do with being premie. None of mine slept through until they were 18 mths..........but I'm sure you'll be luckier than me!

sansouci Mon 28-Mar-05 22:05:23

The only thing I know is that preemies are known for feeding often & taking a very long time to sleep through the night! sorry it's not better news but at least your preemie's behaving as you might expect!!!

donnacb Mon 28-Mar-05 22:17:24

thanks guys good to know I'm normal. Can't wait for some good sleep though, fingers crossed

sansouci Mon 28-Mar-05 22:20:36

Afterall, preemies have some catching up to do! Hope you manage to get some rest, tho'.

daisey Tue 29-Mar-05 18:49:52

Hi, my baby was prem only by 3.5wks but I also had pre-eclampsia so he didnt grow very big he was only 5lb 10oz when he was born and had quite a traumatic birth.My baby is now 6mths and is still not sleeping through he goes down between 10 and 11pm and wakes about 4.30am and then at 7am.He is still very small compared to most babies weighing 14lbs. Im not sure whether hes actually hungry or whether its just for comfort that hes waking. He having 2/3meals a day as well as his breast milk. We've tried giving water at nightbut hes not having ne of it though.How heavy is ure baby now?

oooggs Tue 29-Mar-05 19:34:06

DS woke at 4am every night until he was 12mths and from then has slept 13 hours a night (unless ill)

He was 4 weeks early but big (7lb 14oz)

daisey Tue 29-Mar-05 21:19:29

oh god we dont have to wait that long do we! They say a trumatic birth affects how well a baby settles and I even read sumthing about them being over 4mths and 16lbs before you can expect them to sleep through.

NannyJo Tue 29-Mar-05 21:23:47

not all babies have trouble sleeping through daisy. My DS was 5 weeks early and at 3months he went from waking every 2-3 hours (nightmare) to sleeping 12 hours right through now. never woken through the night since. It litterally happened over night. there is hope!!

donnacb Thu 31-Mar-05 08:14:13

Hi Daisey sorry for taking so long to get back. He was 5lb 10 too when he was born he now weighs 12lb 13 at 5 months, he's on 3 meals a day now same as yours. Sounds like we'll just have to wait and see. At least we know we're in the same boat so must be a bit normal. good luck hope you all get some good sleep soon. Donna

PS thanks to everyone elses messages too

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