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    Default Is my baby getting enough sleep??

    I'm a first time mum and my baby is 6 weeks old.

    From about 8pm at night until about 7am the next morning he sleeps very well - waking for feeds every 3-4 hours but then going back to sleep without much fuss. So he ends up sleeping about 7-8 hours during the night.

    In the day however, it's a different story. He is much more awake and doesn't seem very interested in sleep. He will have maybe 2 sleeps per day lasting 1-2 hours per sleep.

    A 'sleep specialist' came around the other day and said I should get him into a 3 hour schedule where he should be asleep for 2 hours then awake for 1 hour to feed, burp and cuddle. She said babies need that much sleep and I just have to put him to bed and resist picking him up when he cries.

    I'm reluctant to do what she says and feel like he should dictate how much sleep he needs - i.e. he will sleep when tired and won't when he's not...or do babies really need this much sleep but don't know it and I should be enforcing sleep?? Could I be damaging his brain development by not enforcing the sleep he needs??

    Thanks in advance

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    My DS has never, ever done what he 'should' be doing sleepwise! IMO that sounds like horrible advice, particularly for such a young bub. I would trust your instincts. If he is growing and thriving then he is ok. And I would have loved a baby that slept as much as yours did!

    You'll find now you're a mum that most people, expert or not, will offer you an opinion on what you should be doing differently. The way I see it, you know your baby best, and you need to trust yourself :-)

    I'd concentrate on trying to recognise his tired signs, and be led by him...

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    There's a few things worth mentioning,

    The first is babies peak in unsettled ness around 6-8 weeks - their awareness is significantly increased but their ability to process this extra stimulation hasn't yet developed, which leads to a lot of overwhelming feelings for them. To help combat this, stick to a nice and comforting routine. This doesn't have to be to a rigid time frame, just a secure way of knowing what is coming next. (Sleep feed play bath feed sleep etc)

    Second is yes, babies need a lot of sleep, but I don't think you're doing anything wrong. Sleep patterns chop and change. Is your baby happy when they are awake?

    Have you read anything about tired cues? I'll try and find a website with some good, practical information. Don't spend too much time reading about strict scheduling/feeding to routines etc, because I think you're doing the right thing.

    Lastly, I know there has been an increase in a trend of not swaddling, but I found it was really helpful in getting my little girl to settle as the day went along, and she became more and more stimulated.

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    Is your baby generally happy?

    If so, I would keep on doing what you're currently doing.

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