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    hi everyone,

    my ds is 6.5 weeks old and until recently, we were on a routine of feed/change/feed/sleep. we have just started changing the routine to feed/play/sleep but are having trouble getting him to nap during the day. even prior to changing the routine, he would take ages to fall asleep. i would put him down drowsy, or pretty much asleep, and he would either wake up straight away or sleep for 5 minutes and then wake up. if he did manage to stay asleep, it would only be for 30-45 minutes. occasionally he will sleep for longer. by the time it takes to try to settle him, it's feed time again. he has been feeding every 2 hours (3 at night - he falls asleep straight away after each feed) but when i'm trying to settle him, or sometimes when he's falling asleep, he will do mouth movements like he is hungry again. i don't know whether he is still hungry or whether he has associated feeding with sleeping. he feeds for up to an hour sometimes which doesnt leave much time for settling and sleeping until it is time for another feed.

    if we go out though, and he falls asleep in the pram, he can last 3 hours between feeds. also if i let him fall asleep from a feed in my arms, he will stay asleep longer as well but i don't want to be doing this all the time, and would rather teach him to self settle.

    can anyone shed light on this, and how we can get him to sleep longer during the day? or should i just keep feeding him when he does the mouth movements? it's so exhausting!

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    If feeding to sleep is working for you at the moment then there is no reason you cannot continue to do it. I was told by Tresillian that babies don't form any real sleep associations until they are 3-4 months old. Babies do like to suckle to help them calm themselves, so if you don't want to feed have you considered using a dummy? If he sleeps well in your arms maybe try a heartbeat noise for him in his cot, or warming it a little with a hot water bottle before you pop him in.

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    Default Re: feed to sleep association?

    Quote Originally Posted by ilovehats View Post
    If feeding to sleep is working for you at the moment then there is no reason you cannot continue to do it. I was told by Tresillian that babies don't form any real sleep associations until they are 3-4 months old. Babies do like to suckle to help them calm themselves, so if you don't want to feed have you considered using a dummy? If he sleeps well in your arms maybe try a heartbeat noise for him in his cot, or warming it a little with a hot water bottle before you pop him in.
    ^This.

    At 6.5 weeks your bub is still tiny and I'd be getting him to sleep in any way I can. I'd wait until 3 months before trying to break the habit if this is what you want to do, as you may be lucky and your baby might learn to self settle quickly so ou may skip the dreaded 4 month sleep regression. If ou are holding your baby or rocking slept in your arms, at that age, it takes about 20 minutes before they are in a deep sleep, so after 20-25 minutes of being asleep, you can try and out bulb down to sleep in their cassette or cot so ou can get a sleep yourself or to give ou time to have a shower or make yourself some food.

    You donned to do controlled crying at that point either. You can start by putting your baby down awake but tired and sit with them rubbing or patting their tummy and making a shhhhhushing noise until he falls asleep. He will probably still cry but at least you are right there with him. You could also put a radio set to a black frequency so it makes some white noise after you have left the room. Ou could also put a piece of our clothing next to him so he has your scent which will be comforting for him.


 

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