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    Default Newborns - sleep promotes more sleep - do you agree?

    I let my baby sleep during the day, whenever she needed. Trying to keep a baby awake is hard work, if they aren't happy cus they're tired then you're both not enjoying time together as much as you could if you let them nap as they needed. My baby woke during the night when she was hungry every night until 1 year old, but went straight back to sleep after a feed as we never stimulated her.

    From 1 year old onwards, she sleeps all night every night in her own room ( unless unwell).

    The best thing I ever did when she was around 6 or 8 months old was teach her to self settle and fall asleep on her own in the cot.

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    Default Newborns - sleep promotes more sleep - do you agree?

    Mine is a good sleeper at night but her daytime sleeps aren't very good (12 weeks old) however, when I can get her to go down for a good nap in the daytime it doesn't appear to affect her overnight sleep- just makes her a happier baby!

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    My nephew has a limited number of hours allocated to sleeping. It has taken over a year but he now does his sleeping at night rather than spread throughout the day and night.

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    I agree for a newborn yes definitely.

    Yes to a point for an older baby. My DD is 5.5 months and if she's overtired yes she won't self settle at night, but having said that, I'm sure that if she slept a lot more during the day, she'd sleep less at night. Considering babies only need a certain number of hours sleep, if they say need 16 hours a day and have 3x 2 hour sleeps during the day.

    Having the benefit of hindsight I would have done what some PP's have said and done the feeds in bright light during the day and then night feeds in more of a dim light to get them to know the difference between night and day and to ensure any of their awake time came during the day and not at night.

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    Default Newborns - sleep promotes more sleep - do you agree?

    I'm definitely of the opinion sleep promotes sleep. My 3mo dd has a small nap in the morning and a big or in the afternoon, then usually a catnap before "bed" she wakes usually one over night (8pm-7am give or take an hour either side)

    On the days we unintentionally keep her up she is FFeral. Very hard to settle and wakes frequently as she gets so wound up/overtired. On nights like that I often have to babywear her to get her relaxed enough!

    She's my 3rd bub and all three have been the same. It's not been till they have been 18mo + that I would discourage as much day sleep and that was dependent on the child.


    Eta: I find when she isn't well rested it takes a lot more time to settle her. When she is well rested I can often sit/lay beside her when she is tired and she nods off, or I can walk away.
    When she is overtired she requires holding even once in a deep sleep and it takes days for the happy sleeper to come back.

    As a newborn she'd often be awake for 2 hours over night but that shortened as she has been getting older, and she resettles much faster. Going with the flow and meeting her needs has been much less stressful than trying to force a routine!
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    Default Re: Newborns - sleep promotes more sleep - do you agree?

    I have found its a delicate mix of the two. Dd needs about 5 hours sleep during the day any more and she's awake longer into the night and much less means she fights going to bed and we have a restless night. At 13-20 weeks they shouldn't b awake any longer then 2 hours between naps

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