10 Week Old Sleep Issues

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Kel - June 1

I feel like I have so many problems with my baby’s sleep habits and I don’t’ know what do to. We have no schedule really and I’m starting to feel like I am bad mother. My baby just kind of does what she wants during the day. She does eat about every 3 hours so that is about as much schedule as we get. She usually wakes every day around 8:00 or 9:00 am (after having a feeding anytime between 4:00 am and 5:30 am). She sleeps in her bassinet in our room at night right now. When we first came home I would put her in her crib in her room for her daytime naps so that she could get used to it. I want her to sleep in her own room when she starts sleeping through the night. Well, we had a bad week several weeks back where she wasn’t eating and wasn’t sleeping well during the day, so that week I just let her sleep wherever. Now its like she will only sleep in her swing during the day. When she falls asleep I try to put her in her crib and boom she wakes right up. I don’t know what do to. I want her to get on a schedule before I return to work cause I will feel horrible if someone else is the one that puts her on a schedule. And I don’t want to drop her off and be like oh she just does what she wants and sleeps when she wants, I want to be like she sleeps around this time and this time each day. At night, she lays in our bed until she falls asleep then I put her in the bassinet. So I guess I really need to be consistent with what I do with here at all nap times / bedtimes but I don’t’ know what to do. My dd is 10 weeks old now…its almost like I don’t know how long I should keep her up during the day and how many hours she should be sleeping. I’m at my wits end and I’m starting to get to hard on myself. I feel like I have created horrible sleep habits for my daughter and need help. Does anyone have a lo this age? If so, can you tell me your current schedule??


Kel - June 1

Sorry if I have seemed to ramble on in that post....


Mary - June 1

I could use some advice too. My dd is 10 weeks today and is just like yours.


Bonnie - June 1

kel, you are not a bad mother. First of all, it's perfectly okay for her to sleep wheever she likes at this point. If she is more comfortable in a bouncy seat,t hat is just fine. Secondly, if you are concerned about going back to work and wanting her on some sort of schedule, you can do a semi-schedule at this point. but you may have to train her a bit to do it. As for sleep....15 hours is a good average for her age. They really do sleep a lot. Even now at 4 months, my son still averages 15 hours. Plan on her taking a nap at least every 1 1/2 to 2 hours........may I ask a few more question though....do you b___stfeed or bottle? How much does she weigh and how much does she eat in a 24 hour period?


nic nac - June 1

Hi Kel. My dd is 5 months but don't beat yourself up. When my dd was 10 weeks she was on a schedule but she kinda created it herself. I watched what she did for a few days and structured her routine around that. What you could do is get her on a routine not necessarily a timed schedule, she's too young. When she wakes up, feed her, play with her for an hour, then let her sleep for 2 hours( i let my dd sleep in her swing cuz she wouldn't sleep anywhere else for that long). repeat the steps until bed time. It should be the same routine during the day. Eat, activity and sleep. Then eventually you will see a pattern that revolves around the same time everyday and you could start to incorporate a timed schedule. But I wouldn't worry about times until she is about 4 months. Your dd is probably doing that already but you may not notice it unless you write everything down. One piece of advice is that I wouldn't bank on transferring your baby to the crib at night when they sleep through the night because that could take forever. I put her in her crib at 4 months.


Kel - June 1

Bonnie., thanks so much for your reply. You seem to be the "expert" around here on sleep issues :-) my little one weighed 11.8 last week at her two month appointment , is bottle feed and eats about an average of about 25 ounces a day. I tried to give her a little more at her last feeding as she is "almost" sleeping through the night (she wakes at 4:00 am) but she has slept through the night a couple of times here and there in the past week. I just really want tohave a baby that has good sleep habits. I want to be able to lay her down and she'll put herself to sleep. I tired to let her CIO out one time, but she cried so hard there were tears and I couldn't take it. As I said, at night right now she lays with us until she falls asleep and I transfer her to her ba__sinet in our room. But I guess I should start doing the same thing for day and night time and be consistent, right?? Should I put her in her crib during the day so she is used to sleeping in there???


Kel - June 1

sorry, I just have so many questions!!


galvquodi - June 5

Hi, My baby has no real schedule during the day and she feed (b___st) when she wants but we have a bedtime routine (bath, expressed milk bottle) and night night.. She sleeps anywhere between 5 and 7 hours straight and then wants to feed.... I just let her decide what works for her but stick to the bedtime routine.



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