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    Default How much does/did your 6 week old sleep?

    I'm a first time mum and I just need to know that it's all normal. My baby girl is 6 weeks old and will not sleep in her cradle during the day. She will nap on me or in the sling but as soon as I put her in the cradle she screams. I try singing, shooshing, white noise, rocking, patting and she has a dummy for bed.

    Then night time comes.... We have a night ritual and we have a walk, bath, story, breast feed and then I put her down about 7pm. She is grizzly and unsettled for about an hour. She wakes every 2-3 hours throughout the night.

    I don't have huge expectations as I know she is still teeny tiny and I'm 'okay' with all of this if its normal but I'm just worried I'm missing something. Should she be sleeping more?

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    Sounds normal to me. After 9 months being carried everywhere it's normal for them to want to be in your arms all day. It won't be forever though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdornedWithCats View Post
    Sounds normal to me. After 9 months being carried everywhere it's normal for them to want to be in your arms all day. It won't be forever though.
    Yes I've been reading about the 'fourth trimester' and it all makes sense. It's just she seems so grumpy and tired but won't sleep.

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    My daughter was like that until around 14 weeks.
    She was then able to do 10 hours straight at night and fall asleep in the cot in the day without all the wake ups.
    It takes them a while.
    Actually 6w - 14w was when she was the worst in the day. (Only slept one batch of 20mins over 12 hours. )

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    Quote Originally Posted by A&S View Post
    Yes I've been reading about the 'fourth trimester' and it all makes sense. It's just she seems so grumpy and tired but won't sleep.
    My ds was a catnapper until about 12 months and wouldn't go to bed until 9-10pm so I can't help you much there. Usually around 3-4 months it starts improving though ds wasn't in any kind of routine until 5 months.

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    my DS is 6 weeks old and I've noticed a dramatic decrease in the amount of daytime naps/sleeping he's doing. whereas previously he was waking really only to feed, he's now doing much longer periods of wakefulness.

    night time there's a fairly established (well for now anyway lol) routine, but days are a bit all over the place and depends on what we do. he doesn't nap for long in the day at all, maybe an hour, 2 max if I'm lucky. nights we can usually get a good 4-5 hour block.

    he doesn't really have set time that I "put him down" and definitely no bedtime routine. not yet. I still think 6 weeks is a bit little to expect too much out of them in terms of routine. I'm allowing him to set the pace really. he's a reasonable sleeper though so maybe that's why I'm not too fazed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kazza78 View Post
    My daughter was like that until around 14 weeks.
    She was then able to do 10 hours straight at night and fall asleep in the cot in the day without all the wake ups.
    It takes them a while.
    Actually 6w - 14w was when she was the worst in the day. (Only slept one batch of 20mins over 12 hours. )
    This makes me feel so much better. Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by turquoisecoast View Post
    my DS is 6 weeks old and I've noticed a dramatic decrease in the amount of daytime naps/sleeping he's doing. whereas previously he was waking really only to feed, he's now doing much longer periods of wakefulness.

    night time there's a fairly established (well for now anyway lol) routine, but days are a bit all over the place and depends on what we do. he doesn't nap for long in the day at all, maybe an hour, 2 max if I'm lucky. nights we can usually get a good 4-5 hour block.

    he doesn't really have set time that I "put him down" and definitely no bedtime routine. not yet. I still think 6 weeks is a bit little to expect too much out of them in terms of routine. I'm allowing him to set the pace really. he's a reasonable sleeper though so maybe that's why I'm not too fazed.
    5 hours! That sounds like heaven. I think I've gotten close to 4 once or twice and that was a high five moment for myself and my partner.
    I've really noticed a huge decrease in day sleeps too. I used to be able to shower and do some washing. Now... Not so much. I wear her a lot in the sling which is making life easier but I dream of the day I can put her down and she will just sleep.

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    It's normal. I ended up baby wearing during the day which helped day sleeps.

    The other thing to keep in mind is that there are a lot of developmental leaps during the first few weeks. Also, their bellies are getting used to milk. Also just getting used to being out of the womb in general.

    Could the grizzliness be wind pain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by A&S View Post
    5 hours! That sounds like heaven. I think I've gotten close to 4 once or twice and that was a high five moment for myself and my partner.
    I've really noticed a huge decrease in day sleeps too. I used to be able to shower and do some washing. Now... Not so much. I wear her a lot in the sling which is making life easier but I dream of the day I can put her down and she will just sleep.
    yeah I used to be able to get heaps done in the day. now I feel it's much harder. ds will sleep on me but like your DD, as soon as I put him down, he wakes up and is not happy. I feel bad putting him down but I need to get things done too.

    are you breastfeeding? we give formula at night. not sure if it's true or a myth, but I heard it takes them longer to digest it so they sleep a bit longer. who knows though, he might have the same sleep pattern on breast milk.

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