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
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.