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