Post # 1
Hey bees, I need some tips. My five week old isn’t getting nearly enough sleep. She averages only 45-55% of the day sleeping when it should be 75-85%.
She sleeps grwat at night, wakes for her feedings vut falls asleep before she is done. During the day though her naps are no longer than 30 minutes, often only 5-10 minutes
She gets cranky from being over tired and she looks like she is getting bags under her eyes. Driving and taking her on walks does the trick but I don’t want her to get used to falling asleep that way.
I try lavender baths and swaddling but it hardly ever works. She is determined to fight sleep from the time the sun comes up to the time it goes down. Being the summer yhats not much time. Any tips or helpful advice?
Post # 2
have you tried a swing or some sort of rock n play type arrangement? that helps to give the motion of walking or driving, but without all of the work on your part. my son napped in his swing all of the time when he was a newborn and now, at nearly 19 months old, sleeps just fine. good luck!
Post # 3
I really wouldn’t worry about her getting used to sleeping with movement at 5 weeks. She was constantly moving around inside you for 9 months, and needs some time to adjust. Plus, if she’s sleeping at night well, that will help when you ultimately want to transition. I would also try a swing, or walks/car rides, etc. At three months, I’d start working toward not falling asleep with motion whenever possible. Short naps can often be par-for-the-course at this age (and really, up through 6 months), so just do your best to do them as often as she’ll go down. At this age, I worked hard to get one solid nap (for my guy, it was being in arms, not motion), and then we did other short naps throughout the day so I could get things done. But his night sleep sucked, so you’re already ahead!
Post # 4
Does she cry maybe theres something bothering her like colic, ill try swaddling her tight babies love that it makes them feel secure, also try rocking her in your arms that will be comforting for her, good luck I know its really hard with little ones but it hets better as they get older!
Post # 5
Thank you all. She does sleep great in her swing. After reading the first response I brought her outside in the swing (she loves being outside) and she knocked right out, even with the neighbors mowing their grass. I didn’t know if putting her down in something moving would create bad habits.
She isn’t ceanky, hardly ever unleds she is hungry or over tired. She does fuss if I put her in her bassinett before it gets dark though. Maybe I should just do the motion, she loves her car seat stroller and swing. I just also didn’t know if spending all her naps in them would cause posture problems so I try to get her to sleep flat on her back. But she doesn’t want that unledd it is dark out. Once it gets dark she goes down with ease. When the sun comes up though she wants nothing to do with the bassinett
Post # 6
at 5 weeks, take the naps however you can get them! i don’t think any long-lasting sleep habits will be formed at that point – it’s better this way for your sanity. hope you get some good naps today and some happy baby time!
Post # 7
I second what every PP said about movement sleeping not creating a lasting habit. Later on, to help our son sleep in his room during daytime, we put aluminum foil in his window, to darken it completely. Pretty ugly, but effective. And I remember that until he was 6 months, I could only get 30m naps out of him, unless he was sleeping on me after Boyfriend or Best Friend.
Post # 8
I agree that I wouldn’t worry too much about creating bad sleeping habits until the baby is at least 4 months old. Our doctor has told us to do whatever we can to get our baby to sleep before he is 4 months. One of the books I have read also said that when they are young, it is ok to use motion to get them to sleep, but once they fall asleep, make the motion stop because they don’t get as good of sleep when they are moving. So if you get your baby to fall asleep in the swing, turn off the swing while she sleeps, but it is ok to keep her in the swing for the remainder of her nap. Good luck! I totally understand the stress of getting your baby to sleep, my 3 month old son is not a good sleeper at all, espeically at nap time, so I feel your pain.
Post # 9
Definitely don’t worry about creating bad sleep habits until after baby is 3-4 months old. You can do whatever you need to to get her to sleep at 5 weeks. Sounds like the swing is your best bet. Swaddling also works great (don’t know if you’re doing that?). You can even swaddle and put them in the swing. I do that once and awhile when mine is super fussy/overtired. She fights the swaddle (try and stretch and break out) when I first put her in it for a few minutes but she sleeps a LOT longer once she’s in it.
Post # 10
I would also invest in some quality black out curtains, since you say she sleeps well when it is dark out. Good luck!
Post # 11
I don’t have kids yet but I have babysat my nieces and nephews from the time they were infants. At 5 weeks of age the baby hasn’t developed any consistant patterns yet. You hear of stories of babies sleeping through so young but they are the exception not the norm.
One of my nieces would only sleep in her swing for the first several weeks. Her pediatrician told my sister at that age to do whatever works. She didn’t have to have the swing swinging the entire time – she liked having the confinement of the swing around her. She transitioned to the crib/pack and play just fine when she was a bit older.
I agree with having the room very dark for naps. Babies are in the dark for 9 months when they are in the womb so sometimes they take a lot of time to adjust to day/night once they’re born. Heck, I can’t even sleep if there’s too much light in the room.
Post # 12
Have you tried playing around with her wake times? Some babies just have lower sleep needs and keeping them awake for a wee while longer can help them take better naps because they’re more tired. Maybe try extending her wake time by ten or fifteen minutes?