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    Default Baby doesn't want to sleep during the day

    5 week old bub is very alert for the first waking feed (around 8am) and won't go back to sleep after the eat/play time. She will fight her tiredness and stay awake even if I leave her on the play mat and do my own thing. By 2 hours awake she will start to get agitated then cry because she is too tired, but she won't sleep unless I pick her up and rock her to sleep. Even if she is lying on the mat calmly and I pat her and wrap her up she won't sleep. The early childhood nurse says rocking her to sleep can create bad habits but didn't suggest anything else I can do.
    Is it really a problem at this age, and can anyone suggest what I can do to help her settle? Sometimes she catches up on her sleep after the next feed when she'll sleep after feeding (another bad habit the nurse says) and leave out play, but if she doesn't she is so antsy for the whole day.

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    I don't believe in the 'creating bad habits' thing, bub is only 5 weeks old. I would pick her up and rock her or put her a baby carrier while you go about doing other things (being close to you and the movement will likely send her off to sleep). You could try a swing also.
    I would get a different nurse, that one sounds way too rigid and is causing stress you don't need - it is okay to rock your baby.

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    I agree with mothers milk. I wouldn't worry about creating bad habits at this age. Your baby needs a lot of sleep, and I would do what works for her. Good luck!

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    I agree with PP. Can you suddenly go from activity to sleep? Neither can bubs. Do whatever you need to. I have a 3wk old and when I see her getting tired I put her in a clean nappy, swaddle her tightly, feed her/top her up and she passes out on the boob. I find this way she sleeps 2-3hrs easily. It's easier for them to sleep on a full tummy/clean bum.

    Plus now she already knows the sequence of events - nappy change, swaddle, feed and sleep. Just keep repeating your own sequence.

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    My DD was never much of a day sleeper, but I just did what ever it took to make sure she at least had a 45 minute nap. It often meant sitting in a cafe for 45 minutes while she dozed on my boob.


 

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