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tinselcat
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Sleep expectations for newborn?

Oct 6th, 2014, 23:42 PM   #1
 
Hi ladies

I'd love to know what you & your little one's sleeping patterns were in the first few weeks of his/her life?

I'm trying to brace my OH for the arrival of new baby in January as I've heard it can be tough..I don't have any children myself & neither do most of my peers, so throwing this question out there to actual mummies who know!

 
 

 
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Oct 7th, 2014, 01:22 AM   #2
 
Hi tinselcat hope you're having a good pregnancy! In answer to your question my Los sleep pattern was he slept loads in the day, up most of the night! I guess because when they're in your tummy they are lulled to sleep with you moving around all day then wide awake and kicking during the night when you're still. It takes a few weeks or even months for them to adjust once they're in the big bad world.

I'll be honest personally I was a wreck. My hormones were everywhere and I didn't cope well with the sleep deprivation. I wasn't in this happy bubble that I always imagined I would be. You may be completely different though and take it all in your stride. I've had friends like that. We all have different experiences and you never know how you'll cope til you're there xxx

Ps sorry if I've scared you by the way! Just my own personal experience
 
 

 
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Oct 7th, 2014, 08:37 AM   #3
 
My girly was a star. Sleepsnlike her daddy! She was born at 7.15pm so got straight into the sleeping at night. She was more active during the day which meant she slept so well. Would give her a bedtime feed with our set bedtime routine from day one, she would then sleep til we were going to bed, so would give her another quick feed and for the first few weeks she would only wake once in the early hours for another feed, which meant I got to get back to bed til a normal time! She sleptnthrough from 8 weeks in her own room and has been wonderful with sleeping. Naps are more of an issue now she's 15months and wanting to be up and out all the time!
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Oct 7th, 2014, 11:11 AM   #4
 
My daughter was a great sleeper from the beginning. She had one night feed at about 4am for 5 weeks and from 5 weeks would sleep 8-8ish. I was worried something was wrong but numerous doctors health visitors etc told me as long as they're putting weight on etc its fine. All babies are different tho, although I do believe its unusual to get a great sleeper like mine and fairy pants girlie. Good luck Hun xxx
 
 
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Oct 7th, 2014, 17:40 PM   #5
 
My 2 slept for 2-3 hours at a time, with the occasional 4-5 hours. It would take around an hour to feed, burp and change baby. So awake for an hour and then maybe 2/3 hours sleeps. It didn't take that long for my little ones to go through the night - DD was about 10 weeks, and ds around 4-5 months x
 
 
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Oct 7th, 2014, 18:27 PM   #6
 
You never know he much they will sleep. Newborns don't understand the difference between night and day. Mine wakes once per night, but takes two hours to go back to sleep...yawwwwwwwwn. My first slept like a champ, but I think that's because she was ff. this one is bf so she goes for 3-4 hours at a time.
 
 

 
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Oct 7th, 2014, 20:00 PM   #7
 
Both my two were the same during the first few weeks - pretty much up every 2-3 hours (day or night) to feed. The only difference was my son had reflux and was therefore sick a lot and needed changing! It was, um, interesting, to say the least!

Often it takes quite a while for babies to get the idea of day and night. You can help that along with keeping daytime feeds quite noisy (have a radio/tv on etc.) and light. During the night feeds, keep the room as dark and quiet as possible. Also, during the day it's a good idea to feed just after a nap rather than just before it, i.e. have some "play" time before putting them back down to sleep. Whereas at night they're just being changed, fed, winded and back down in bed.

They're all different though. My daughter was an excellent sleeper from the word go and slept through from 3.5 months old. My son still wakes most nights just for some reassurance (he's almost 11 months), but usually goes straight back to sleep.
 
 

 
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Oct 8th, 2014, 07:07 AM   #8
 
Lucie slept pretty much solidly for 3 months, during the day I woke her for feeds every 3 hours and she woke herself every 4 during the night but was always fast asleep by the end of her bottle. We didn't hit any sleep probs until she turned 1!
 
 
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Oct 8th, 2014, 09:15 AM   #9
 
My daughter slept for about 12h a day in total broken up in to max 90 min slots. She finally started having 1 nap at about 7 weeks then 2 at aboit 4m. They are supposed to sleep alot but don't be fooled - some babies don't. And when she was awake all she did was feed or scream. I couldn't leave the house for months I was even unwelcome at baby groups! So it really could vary. You could have a monster or a perfect Bubb a who sleeps constantly!
 
 

 
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Oct 8th, 2014, 09:36 AM   #10
 
The first weeks were the most exhausting experience of our lives. I didn't sleep at all for the first two nights and was a walking zombie and then we were getting by on 4 hours of broken sleep for a while. You cant really prepare for it but It's amazing how you just cope and they do gradually start sleeping longer.
 
 

 
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Oct 8th, 2014, 11:30 AM   #11
 
The first week or so sleep was pretty irratic. Basically I just slept when thomas slept, although e was probably asleep for 18 to 20 hours a day. Most of his wake time seemed to be at night and I sturggled to get him to sleep in his moses.

After that he slept better at night and usually woke every 2/3 hours for a feed and change. (I breastfed to start) but i ended up co-sleeping as it was taking upwards of an hour to try and sleep and even then he'd wake within 30 mins

By 10 weeks though he was happily sleeping in his own bed and sleeping for around 6 hours solid and by 4 months he was sleeping through completely most nights 10 till 8.

When most people refer to sleeping through with newborns its 12 till 5!!

The first 5 or 6 weeks are Abit of a shock to the system but I think you get used to it quite quickly. All those loo trips when pregnant prepare you nicely for broken sleep in the night.

On the first night I wouldn't expect to sleep anyway, adrenaline is firmly flowing and I spent all night staring at my lo

He's nearly 8 months now and those first few sleep deprived weeks are abit of a blur.

Hope the rest of your pregnancy goes well
 
 

 
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Oct 8th, 2014, 21:03 PM   #12
 
What is your LO like just now while you're pregnant? Do you feel much movement at night or in the day? Only reason I ask is I found my son kept to a pretty similar pattern in the early days and the MWs told me that's quite common. When I was pregnant he was forever wriggling about in my tummy during the day and evening, then by about 9pm he seemed to sleep and I never really had him waking me up in the night kicking.

We were really lucky once he was born, he seemed to take to sleeping at night brilliantly. He would go about 4 hours between feeds. In the early days though he would probably be up for about an hour at a time at night before going back to sleep.

The best tip I can give to survive it in the early days is take it in shifts with your OH if you can (We FF) and sleep as much as you can when baby does even if it is 9am!
 
 

 
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Oct 8th, 2014, 21:04 PM   #13
 
Pumpkin that's so true about the toilet trips!
 
 

 
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Oct 9th, 2014, 02:47 AM   #14
 
Funnily enough baby seems to really get going in the evening and I am guaranteed lots of kicks when I finally lie down to bed at night. Rolling over during night also invites kicks too!

I am worried baby will be an insomniac like his mother (I was a terrible sleeper since day 1 and still am).

For the last few months I wake up regularly every 2 hours during the night and sometimes it's hard to go back to sleep so part of me was wondering just how much worse it could get! (Even now I am depressed it is 1.45am after falling asleep about 2 hours ago; wish I could get longer intervals!)
 
 

 
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Oct 9th, 2014, 10:25 AM   #15
 
Probably not what you wanted to hear but 7 months in & I've learned to have no expectations when it comes to sleep for them or you! All babies are so different it's had to prepare for it
 
 
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