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7 week old sleep questions

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sby Sat 20-Jun-09 21:23:56

Hi. Have some questions and would value any advise for a first time mum.
7 week old daughter who is settling down well to sleep at bedtime at about 7-ish after bath/massage.Sometimes wakes again but I can usually gey her down again with minimal effort.
Able to settle to sleep again after night feeds with abit of patting.
Am struggling with daytime naps though. She can wake up few minutes after put her down, rarely manages about 40 minutes, even though she's been fed/burped/canged etc.
I've heard of pick up put down..could someone explain it and if you think it would help. Tried abit of controlled crying but gave in after few minutes.
thans

Wigeon Sun 21-Jun-09 11:20:10

I would say that that all sounds fantastic for a 7 week old - you are doing really amazingly if she is going to bed well, settling back to sleep in the night etc. A 40 min nap sounds brilliant too!

Controlled crying isn't going to work with a 7 week old IMO. And isn't advised until 6 months in any case.

To be honest, I would give yourself a big pat on the back that your little one is doing so well with her sleeping. Well done!

MildredRoper Sun 21-Jun-09 11:26:09

I agree with Wigeon. It all sounds great for a 7 week old.

We never really solved this problem until dd was quite a bit older and we used to have her in a wrap around sling for day time naps. You can do some stuff and at least the baby gets plenty of sleep.

rubyslippers Sun 21-Jun-09 11:28:18

she probably just needs swaddling and putting down for a nap earlier - or use a sling

no need for CC with such a tiny baby and PU/PD is terribly over stimulating IME

the nights sound great

ches Mon 22-Jun-09 03:24:52

At this age, they need to feed 8-12 times a day (depending on growth spurts at 2,4,8,16,26 weeks). It takes them 30-60 min to eat if breastfeeding, so if they did nothing but eat and sleep, the longest they'd go during a growth spurt would be an hour. If she's sleeping longer intervals at night, that shortens the intervals of her feeds during the day, which means shorter daytime naps. You need to count sleep in 24 hours, not in how long each sleep lasts. I know you need a rest, but you need to sleep when she sleeps. If you co-sleep when she sleeps you might stretch her out.

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