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sleep times

Postby NHames » Sun 20 Mar, 2011 5:55 pm

Hello,
My 11 week old baby sleeps more in the afternoon than in the morning.... he will catnap until midday/1pm, and then sleep for at least 2 hours, sometimes 3 or 4 hours in the afternoon. Should I try to get him to have a 'proper' sleep in the morning and afternoon?
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Re: sleep times

Postby NgalaOnline » Mon 21 Mar, 2011 1:20 pm

Hi NHames,
Thanks for your post about sleeps for your 11 week old baby.

It is very common in the first 3 months of a babies life to have day sleeps from 20 minutes - 3-4 hrs duration. In 24 hrs, they should be getting 16-17 hrs sleep in total. So what your little boy is doing is completely normal.

As babies move into that next age group of 3 months +, having 2-3 day sleeps of 1-2 hours each gets more common.

To encourage this next stage; try for a short time on his morning sleeps to re-settle him if he wakes up under the hour to try to encourage him to go back to sleep. Hopefully, over the next few weeks, you may see that he will start to have longer morning sleeps.

If babies continue to have short cat naps, and also cut back on their longer afternoon sleeps, they can get increasingly over tired, and the nights can start to suffer.

Hope this helps.
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Re: sleep times

Postby sara » Fri 29 Apr, 2011 9:19 am

Hi, my son has started doing the same except he is almost 5 weeks old.
Once he wakes in the morning he is usuially quite grizzly and I need to have him in the the pram or sling or hold or rock him almost all day. He sleeps longer (4-5hrs) overnight but in day and particularly in the morning he'll have a few catnaps ranging from just 5min up to 1 or 2 hours. I think he's tired because he seems so grumpy- he'll start with little grizzles then start really crying louder and louder so I rock him (in hope he'll sleep) he will settle but often then be wide eyed and bushy tailed!
Is this normal??? What am I doing wrong?
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Re: sleep times

Postby NgalaOnline » Sat 30 Apr, 2011 1:59 pm

Hi Sara

You are not doing anything wrong. It sounds like you are responding very sensitively and appropriately to your baby as he has some unsettled periods. This is a very common phase that often peaks around 5-8 weeks and is related to brain development in newborns. It is very common for baby's this age to have a sleepy period each day of 4-5 hours, and also an unsettled period each day where he will either cry or remain awake for a lenghy period of time (several hours). This commonly occurs in the late afternoon or evening, but not always - it sounds as though your baby is having his unsettled periods in the morning. Newborn babies often will have short catnaps and be unable to sleep for longer. If you feel that he has not slept for long you can try going to him and seeing if you can coax him to sleep a bit longer, although newborns will often resist this if they are in an unsettled time.

The types of soothing you are doing for your baby are very appropriate, many babies find rocking or loud white noise very soothing. Tightly wrapping your baby or offering a warm bath may also help at times. Looking for his early tired signs and helping him to fall asleep when you see these may also help, but it is very common for babies to still remain unsettled and awake for a few hours despite their parents best efforts. It is also common for soothing techniques to work at some times and not others. Use all the support you can as you get through this difficult phase of development, and most parents find that the unsettled periods decrease as babies approach three months of age. Both the CYH and Raising Children's Network websites contain information about newborn crying and unsettledness that you may find helfpul. I hope this helps.
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