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    Default 11 w sleeping advice needed

    My little girl is 11 weeks old. Shes had a hard kick off to life & isnt the most settled of babys she has a cows milk protein allergy severe reflux which nothing seems to help with & colic. Her first few weeks were a blur of constant screaming & sleepless nights we switched to neocate & she greatly improved but is still quite unsettled. She sleeps pretty well at night always an 8 hour stretch & im assuming thats because acid production slows down at night but during the day she can only stay up for one to one & a half hours max then starts getting grizzly grumpy and very unsettled. My routine is once the tired signs start swaddle dummy cuddle place her in her bassinette once she starts the droopy eyes but still awake and 80 percent of the time she settles off to sleep on her own other times i need to rock & resettle twice at the most. She sleeps for 40 mins to 1 hour then shes up bright eyed smiling and the cycle starts again its very hard to get things done or to go anywhere so my MCH nurse reffered a visiting nurse who helps with sleep settling she was quick to tell me my baby probably wasnt tired i was reading her cues wrong she was probably still hungry and she should only be napping twice a day & up for atleast 3 hours before putting her to sleep!! I didnt agree but i tried keeping her up & by the second hour she was a big crying mess i fed her extra she threw up and was no happier. Im a young single mum shes my first & ive been really trying to listen to my baby & roll with what i feel she needs & i would rather sacrifice other needs & wants to make sure she gets the sleep she needs then have her overtired & miserable. Have i put my baby in a bad routine or am i doing the wrong thing & is the nurse right that i put her to sleep to often & should keep her up much longer? Help plz!

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    Good on you for going with the flow. Sounds like you are reading your baby's cues right. I had a very unsettled baby also and it took me a while to work out her cues for sleep. My baby at that age and for quite some time was only able to stay awake for 1 hour and yes would only sleep for 40 min and feed every 2 hours. So there was I think 4 day sleeps at that age. Just roll with it if it keeps you both happy. After some time you will notice baby will be able to stay up for 2 hours etc. mine has only just started staying up for 3 hours at 10 months and having 2 day sleeps from about 9/10 months. As time goes on they also learn to sleep longer during the day. Around 6 months I think my friends and I noticed longer sleeps. Now my catnapper is having a 2 hour nap.
    Yes it is hard to get things done with a catnapper but honestly the time goes so fast, it will change before you know it.
    Hope you are coping ok ☺

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    Sorry 2 hour nap started from 11 months

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    My DD was the same, she would be awake for about 1 hour and sleep for about 1 hour during the day, so fed every 2 hours. It didn't really bother me too much.

    I saw the nurse about something else and she recommended I try to feed every 3 hours, so I slowly stretched her awake times, by 15 minute intervals. It took a few weeks, and if I saw she was super tired, I'd just put her down. She is now 6 months and is awake between 2.5 - 3 hours.

    I should add that she only fed for about 10 minutes so nurse thought she may not be getting enough hind milk and that's why she recommended stretching the feeds.

    You're doing the right thing by listening to your bub, but you could try stretching just a short amount each day.

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    So my babys not the only one doing it pheww she does feed every 3 to 4 hours though she is FF. Today instead of picking her up after 40 mins i popped her dummy back in & rocked her ( hard when shes smiling at looking up at me i just wanted to cuddle her to pieces!) And she dozed back off for another hour! Perhaps shes just waking up from her sleep cycle & needing to be resettled ..didnt however keep her up any longer an hour & a half later back to sleep but she was much happier

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    That is fantastic if she can resettle. Good on you! I could never get my little girl to resettle so just went with it. Sounds like you are doing fab. ☺

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    At my DD2 12 week check-up I was told by the MCHN that babies this age can only really stay awake for around 1.5hrs before needing a nap again. So don't worry at all.
    My DD1 was a 40min cat napper and at 6 months moved on to having longer sleeps 1.5-2 hrs. My DD2 is also a cat napper, sometimes I can get her to sleep a 2nd sleep cycle if I catch her quickly enough, just pop the dummy in and walk out. Doesn't mean she can stay awake longer though, still gets tired after a couple of hours at the most.
    But most times she is wide awake after 40min sleep and smiling. Some babies are just like this. I'm not worried as I know she will move into longer sleeps eventually.

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    I dont know any and only 2 sleeps at 11 weeks

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    Sorry pressed send, was going to say I don't know any 11 week old babies having only 2 naps a day!
    And also, don't feel like you can't go out & about with your cat napper. You may find they sleep longer being pushed around in the pram, in the car etc. I know it's hard to get things done, but this time will pass, you'll see.

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    OP you're doing a great job, especially if on your own

    My 8wk DS2 has cows milk protein intolerance as well as reflux - I'm also recently single with a 20mth old too - so I feel your pain! If you need to chat then pm me anytime.

    I wouldn't take the advice of your MCN to be honest. Expecting an 11wk old to regularly stay awake for 3hrs is ridiculous. It's more like 1.5hrs at that age according to every book I've read and experience with DS1. To only have 2 naps a day at 11wks seems crazy!

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