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    Default Does this sound normal for a 4 week old?

    My DD is 4 weeks tomorrow, and until now she has never really slept during the day, aside from one or two 30 minute naps.

    She's always been SUPER hungry and on the boob all day long, but today she has basically slept all day, and when I've offered the boob she's taken it, but pulled off after just a few minutes and gone back to sleep.

    She was settled and had uber long sleeps last night (which is not unusual for her), so I don't think she's "catching up", if that makes sense.

    I am probably overthinking it and making it into something that it isn't, but I think she's been having slightly fewer wet nappies the last 24 hours as well. I think I've only changed 3 heavy wet in the last 24 hours when normally she would have heaps!

    Is it normal for young babies to have days where they do nothing but feed, and then other days where they do nothing but sleep? So far we've only had the 'nothing but feed' days ...

    She doesn't seem uncomfortable or distressed in any way, and when she's awake she is alert and she isn't limp or anything.

    Maybe I'm just worrying over nothing?

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    Hey hun, my DD is the opposite at the moment and is the same age. Do you have a child health nurse you can call? Does she have a temperature at all?

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    Hey @MrsMummaButterfly, thanks for your reply!

    Unfortunately our child health nurse is useless and gave us really horrible, outdated advice so we don't exactly trust her

    Her temperature is normal though, so I don't think she's sick. I mean, she's probably still sleeping less than they say a newborn should sleep (she averages 12 hours a day, rather than the 16-18 hours they say newborns should be sleeping). I don't know. Maybe it's a growth spurt or something?

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    Default Does this sound normal for a 4 week old?

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    Growth spurts can cause sleepiness.

    They feed heaps for a while and have a few days of massive sleeps. And then suddenly they are huge.

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    @Shoopuf sorry to hear that you cant trust your CHN, can you call them and change as that is what we are going to do.
    Can you wake her every 3 hours to feed and change her to wake her up?

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    Thanks @twinklify. I think it's possible it could be a growth spurt.
    @MrsMummaButterfly, ok now I feel silly because she has been waking for feeding before the 3 hour mark today (though her feeds have been shorter than usual). It's just unusual for her to sleep his much because she is lucky to sleep for 30 minutes during the day usually.

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    Thanks @twinklify. I think it's possible it could be a growth spurt.
    @MrsMummaButterfly, ok now I feel silly because she has been waking for feeding before the 3 hour mark today (though her feeds have been shorter than usual). It's just unusual for her to sleep his much because she is lucky to sleep for 30 minutes during the day usually.

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    @Shoopuf dont feel silly hun, we are first time parents and have no idea what is normal either. For what its worth dont ever feel silly if you are concerned though, whether that means getting her checked by the GP or calling the 24 hour helpline. You know your DD the best and its always better to be safe than sorry. Its funny i follow your journal and your DD sounds alot like mine as well, and you are doing an amazing job

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    Hey @Shoopuf, maybe give Health Direct a call, you can speak to a nurse and if they can't answer your question, they'll get a Doctor to call you back. It's a free service, I've called a few times about my daughter. The number is 1800022222

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