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    Hi all I have a 6 week old bub who is doing really well! he is now sleeping a full stretch of 4-5 hours (possibly nearly 6 hours if I let him)

    Problem is...he is sleeping this stretch from the early evening & then waking every two hours from 12.

    I start his bedtime routine at 6pm and feed him. He will go off to sleep after
    this and wake around 11 or 12.

    I am so tired..have been waiting up til he wakes or waking him to feed around 11-12 then going to bed myself..only for him to wake every 2-3 hours from 12 as he has already had his long stretch of sleep.

    How can I fix this?

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    Do you have other children? Can you go to bed when he does instead of waiting up for him to wake?

    My motto is never wake a sleeping baby so I wouldn't be waking him to feed at 11-12, I'd just let him go.

    Or you could try giving him a dream feed earlier in the evening, say around 8ish?

    My first slept through from 5 weeks, 11pm - 5am and his bedtime routine started at 10pm with a bath, bottle and then wrapped up for bed. Could you maybe push his bath etc later?

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    Agree with bunnyhugs, is it possible for you to get to bed earlier? DD is neatly 12wks and whilst she *usually* now sleeps her first stretch from about 7-1.30am (tonight she's up early) she also did the same as your lo until recently

    Dh and I decided to start going to bed early

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    Agree with bunnyhugs, is it possible for you to get to bed earlier? DD is neatly 12wks and whilst she *usually* now sleeps her first stretch from about 7-1.30am (tonight she's up early) she also did the same as your lo until recently

    Dh and I decided to start going to bed early, eg 8pm. Not a huge step for us, being early risers for work, we usually went to bed at 9pm latest pre DD anyway. That said, we can go that early with no other children to attend to. I went to bed at 7.45 last night! (dh ate all the icecream so I was more p!ssed at him for that though )

    It's one of those things that you can't change so you may as well.adapt if you can. I still get a really good night sleep which im grateful for, even if I go to bed the.same time as fatcat

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    I would just try and start going to bed earlier if you can. Sleep when bub sleeps was my motto in the early days, especially when DS was a newborn as he had his days & nights mixed up as he wanted to be awake all night. Soon learnt that it was easier to have naps through out the day to counter act being up most of the night!

    He did switch it up around the 6 week mark and realised nights were for sleeping though which made things a lot easier!

    Having said that, he's now 5 months old and as I am BFing on demand I can still be up and down every few hours some nights. Yes it's tiring, but not much I can do. Tonight I put him down at 7pm. So far he's woken at 10, 12 & 3:30 for a feed. The other night I was up every 1-1.5 hours to feed.

    I think it's all a bit too much pressure to put on a baby to sleep through the night. DS has done a few 'all night' blocks (with some resettling, replacing of dummy) but its not the norm.

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    Unfortunately I do have other children to look after, feed and put to bed so crawling into bed at 7pm is not really an option. Maybe could crawl into bed around 9pm, & then bub would wake 2 hours or so later.

    Was hoping to stretch out this long amount of sleep he was having until late at night/early morning.

    I may try his bath and feed a little later in the evening & see if that can gradually push his big sleep back.

    I think it's great that bub is sleeping up to 5-6 hours on his own so early and really want to encourage that..just a little later in the evening.,

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    Can you keep the baby up longer?

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    At that age their actual bedtime is normally between 8-11pm. So like you said OP in your second post, try the bedtime routine later.

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    I have exactly the same situation with my 6 week old. He sleeps from 6-12 then wakes at 3:30 and 6:30. I am not a morning person so I find it hard to get up that early.
    When moving bedtime later, is it best to push it back a little every night til you get to the time you want?

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    I totally agree. Don't worry too much about changing their routine they can adapt to anything. Keep them up playing and feeding till late, or at least after the other kids are in bed. I would sit up and watch tv after ds1 went to bed then sometimes would take ds2 in the shower with me so we could both be ready for bed at the same time. One last feed and we both lay down (in our own beds) and got the big sleep together. I didn't mind getting up some nights when there was a good middle of the night show to watch. DS1 would feed for 45mins and at almost 5 now he still eats slow.


 

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