Post # 1
For all of you with newborns (and I know there’s a few of us out there!), can you tell me about your baby’s sleep habits? Addie sleeps really well at night: she has her last bottle at 8 or 9 and doesn’t get up again until 2, then she’s out again until 6. But during the day, she doesn’t sleep so well. She kinda cat naps throughout the day, or she’ll stay awake for hours at a time, grumpy but refusing to go to sleep.
Everything I’ve read says 0-3 months (Addie is 6 weeks) should be sleeping 18-20 hours a day, or should only be up for an hour before going back to sleep. Does your newborn sleep this much? I’m wondering if Addie’s getting enough sleep during the day, because she gets really cranky in the early evening, and I think being awake too much is the reason why.
Post # 3
@Mrs. Spring:I am 4 weeks from having a newborn so I dont have experience in this yet – but is this something you can ask your peditrician about? its great she is sleeping so much at night!! oddly enough, i have heard that babies don’t sleep as well when they are overtired…..
Post # 4
So from all that I know (and have learned in the last 2 months!), babies have their best and longest sleep during their first nighttime sleep. The rest of the night they are more restless and sleep for shorter periods of time. You see at about 8 weeks that they start doing a lot of grunting, restless moves and the “whale tale” where they flail their feet… all while asleep.
During the day, babies often catnap. They begin to consolidate their naps at about three months of age.
In our case, Cecilia doesn’t sleep laying down at all during the day. She sleeps while being worn… usually for 2 semi-long chunks at about 11 am and 1 pm for about 1.5 hours. The rest is little micro naps while we’re running around doing stuff or hanging out at home.
At night, she goes to bed at between 10-10:30 and sleeps until about 5, wakes to feed and then sleeps until either 7 or 9 depending on how many cat naps she caught the day before!
We definitelyhave a lot more awake and alert time than most folks and probably don’t reach the by the book average… but each baby is so unique that I don’t know any babies that adhere to the guidelines!
I know some people are really hip to sleep schedules and strict routine, but at this point we’re really letting Ceci take the lead until she gets a little older… so definitely don’t feel like Addie is unusual. She just didn’t read the book 😉
Post # 5
I’m a postpartum doula. A newborn’s sleep schedule doesn’t really set-up until after the first few months (sorry!), she may be sleeping this way now, but next week she could be nocturnal and sleeping all day long. The most important thing is keeping her feeding schedule regular. Perhaps if you feed her more during feedings or have more frequent feedings during the day, she’ll sleep better. If she’s eating a lot and gaining weight, but still lively during the day, that’s just her! Which is perfect!
Post # 6
Our little guy goes to sleep between 9-10 and is out like a rock until around 2 when he gets a little hungry. Then he’ll quickly go back to sleep until around 4 and then after that he just cat naps and hangs out in the bed until 7 when we get up. After our morning feeding and play time he’ll usually take a nice long nap. He’ll also take another one in the late afternoon. It’s funny, I’m not used to having a 9 o’ clock bedtime but I have to go to sleep when he does to catch that 4-5 hour stretch, it makes life so much easier!
Post # 7
I’m glad to hear that others are experiencing the same thing! Addie is pretty happy when she’s awake, but I was a little concerned that she wasn’t getting enough sleep during the day and that is making her cranky later in the afternoon. But she sleeps really well at night, so I’d much rather that than her being awake all night! Thanks, ladies. 🙂
And, DG, Addie sleeps best in the Moby, too. I don’t wear her every day, probably every other day, but she’ll sleep for a solid four hours every time I put her in the wrap!