Need Sleep Help

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Registered: 08-04-2003
Need Sleep Help
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Thu, 03-17-2011 - 12:57pm

I need some sleep help with Theodore.

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Registered: 10-11-2005
Thu, 03-17-2011 - 2:30pm
You probably wont' like my response. Honestly though it sounds completely normal. Completely exhausting, don't get me wrong, but completely normal.

I am actually impressed with the 3 to 5 hour stretch at the beginning of the night. I would just make sure to sleep then when he is so you can get some sleep in there too! Little babies nurse a lot, and sometimes it takes awhile for them to regulate. I won't really be that worried about his sleeping patterns until he is closer to 3 months old.

That being said, if early morning cluster feeding is getting to you, which is completely understandable, I might try giving him the pacifier first off to see if it works too. The other option is having a pumped bottle ready and letting DH take one of the early morning feedings so you can get some more sleep.

His actual sleep pattern however, seems completely normal for a newborn, under 3 month old (and sometimes over 3 month old as well!).



Thank you for the sig Mary

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Registered: 12-04-2007
Thu, 03-17-2011 - 3:33pm
Yeah, what Sarah said... That's pretty much what David's sleep schedule is like. There are nights when I nurse him 7-8 times, in 8 hours! Luckily that's not normal, he usually give me one big chunk in the beginning. I think the harder you fight it, the more annoying it is, I've just prepared myself to be doing that, and it doesn't really bother me. Maybe you could take a nap after you get Ray off to school?
I second what Sarah said about the pacifier. I always try a pacifier first to see if that will work to get him back to sleep. It usually doesn't work, but every now and then he'll go back to sleep with just the paci. Also, if he's not keeping the paci in his mouth, try another brand, I know there is only one paci that helps David sleep, all the rest are basically useless with him. Another thing that sometimes helps is turning on some white noise, I have an app on my ipod that does white noise and I plug that into some speakers for his naps and if he won't go to sleep in the middle of the night, it usually calms him down, and I feel like he'll sleep longer with the white noise on.
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Registered: 08-24-2005
Thu, 03-17-2011 - 3:48pm
Just like the girls said... It seems normal to me... Sorry!! Fede was like that until I weaned him... that is 10 days ago!!! NOw he will do a 7 hour stretch and then wake up a couple more times... (Sigh!) I totally get wha tyou mean about being tired! Honestly, when Fede was Theodore's age, I was co-sleeping, so the cluster feedings didn't bother me at all, In fact, I barely noticed them!! Things got rough once I moved him out of the room, cause that's when I started to *really* wake up to feed him.

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Registered: 12-23-2003
Thu, 03-17-2011 - 6:24pm
I'll chime in with the others- sounds normal to me, and not like something you can change. I think until about 4 months at least you just have to go with the flow and accept that sleep is probably going to suck. I would just try to sleep whenever possible, keep offering the pacifier, and hang in there:)
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Registered: 08-04-2003
Fri, 03-18-2011 - 7:42pm
Thanks all.

Last night Theodore answered my prayers and slept 5 hours, feed and then slept 5 hours and was up just before 7am. I doubt I will be as lucky tonight.

Ray was STTN at 6 weeks, so I guess I was expecting that, good to know his typical behavior is ordinary.
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Registered: 02-26-2008
Tue, 03-22-2011 - 12:39pm

Haven't read the other posts = I am sure its all great advice.

What we did was let her sleep in her swing....She was cluster feeding but it was from 6pm to midnight for a few weeks, probably around the same time that Theodore is now. I just started sleeping her in her swing because it was the only way she would stay asleep for me. and now at 7 months she is sleeping in her carseat in her crib.


Good Luck and I hope you can get some sleep.