Just looking for some tips/advice on how to help my 6-week old to have a day sleep?
I know he's tired, but he just won't go down for a sleep. The only time he sleeps during the day is if he falls asleep in the capsule in the car!!
Any suggestions would be great! Also just curious as to how frequent & for how long other similar aged babies sleep for?
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16-04-2012 10:21 #1Senior Member
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6-week old doesn't sleep during the day
16-04-2012 11:29 #2
Hi OP, it's been awhile since DS was that age, but from memory at that age he could only handle around 30 - 45 minutes awake time and he only slept from around 45 minutes.
It sounds like bub likes to fall asleep to movement - how do you try to get him to sleep during the day? You could try rocking in arms, rocking the cot/ basinet or taking a walk in the pram and trasfer to bed. Do you follow his tired signs and try to put him to sleep straight away? I found at that age I was terrible at reading DS's tired signs and always tried putting him to sleep too late, so he'd end up being overtired and it was much harder to get him to sleep.
Another suggestion is to use a carrier/ sling during the day. They are lifesavers! Bub can sleep and you can get done whatever you need to.
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16-04-2012 14:20 #3Senior Member
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Thanks for the reply, I may have to try a carrier
Does anyone else have any feedback/advice/suggestions?
16-04-2012 14:49 #4
A carrier has been a lifesaver for me! I personally love the sleepy wrap (less than $30 from nursing angel website). Once you figure out how to use it, which can take a couple of goes, it's great!! Then if my DS's having a really bad day I put him in the wrap and bounce on the fit ball!
Works nearly every time :-)
16-04-2012 14:49 #5
Sometimes my 6 week old won't sleep because he is too busy looking around... So I just get a light weight but dark coloured blanket and drape it over his face so there is nothing for him to look at... I will then rock him for about 5mins and peek under the blanket and if his eyes are closed I will put him down into his bassinet...
Other times, he is just so over tired so I just battle it out with him... Hold him right and rock/shh/sing until he finally gives in...
Are you swaddling? I know that makes a big difference with my DS... He cries while I'm wrapping him but it definitely helps to calm him down
Also, he generally is up for 1 hour and sleeps for 3ish... However, I know that 6 weeks is common for a growth spurt so he might wake/feed more often and be less settled
16-04-2012 14:51 #6
Also, I should have mentioned that if I make eye contact with bubs at anytime it wakes him up more... So the whole time a swaddle/rock him I don't look him in the eyes... I just glance at him to see if he is ready to go down
16-04-2012 17:49 #7
My bub didnt sleep much in her cot/bassinette during the day till 6mths old so I used to pop her in the carrier or pram. I fed to sleep and put her down but if she woke up soon after I popped her in the carrier or back in the pram. I then tied a muslin over the carrier/pram so that the light was blocked out and continued my day. Within a few days she worked out that the cover meant sleep time.
The morning sleep she was always in the carrier after she woke so that I could finish housework whilst she napped. the midday one she was in the carrier again whilst i was in the rocking chair so I could rock her and either doze/watch tv. And the afternoon nap she was in the pram whilst I went for a walk to the shops/park/meet friends etc.
Second the PP about avoiding eye contact. the muslin is good for that in case you forget.
Its easier to control light than sound so DD soon worked out that darkness meant sleep time even though the TV/radio/general noise was occuring.
16-04-2012 18:49 #8
During the early weeks our swing and bouncer were our saviours as DS didn't want to sleep! The moment of these helped put him to sleep. I also found carrying him in a sling was a good way to get him to sleep.
16-04-2012 19:43 #9
Haven't read the above but my bub didn't sleep longer than 20mins at a time until about 12weeks then he slept up to 40-45mins at a time. To help him go down for naps I would walk him in the pram, cuddle him till sleepy, read to him. Also found a cot mobile helpful. I have one that plays for 40mins with a remote so I can turn it off and on with from a distance if need be. I also found having a mat in the lounge and letting him sleep near me helped as he often didn't like being excluded so would scream if put in the cot. Broke all the 'rules' and was told that this would start issues when older but my bub is now 13mths and self settles fine.
Figuring out tired signs helps before they are exhausted too as I found it really hard to settle him at that age when he was overtired.
Last edited by Lansta; 16-04-2012 at 19:45.
16-04-2012 20:00 #10
Slings always worked for us, but i'm sure a friends baby was like this, he simply did not sleep during the day from an incredibly young age...
All the best
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