5 WEEK OLD S TYPICAL DAY

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ry - May 5

I everyone my dd is 5 weeks and i am just wondering what everyone else's day/nights are like with their baby in a similar age group. Mine are crazy and have no routine (her choice of course) and she is still getting up every 2-3 hours throughout the night.

 

pbj - May 5

Your baby is only 5 weeks old, routines don't come in to play until they're at least 3 months...and then it's still sometimes up in the air. Your baby will want to eat every 2-3 hours and on demand until at least 2 months if formula fed and can be much longer if b___stfeeding. After 2 months your baby may not necessarily need to be fed, but it's absolutely possible that your LO will still want at least a bottle or two. Your child is completely normal. I wouldn't even try or consider a routine for quite a while, it's just kinda all over the place in the beginning.

 

Ronni - May 5

hi ry, first off i apologize for all the lower case letters and any punctuation errors, but ds is in one hand so its hard to type!!! my little boy is 4 weeks old so i can relate to you. the past few weeks have been like one loooong day! (great i just put him down to sleep) that will probably last 5 minutes so i better hurry! my ds is feeding every 3-4 hours. do you take your dd out? I find on days i take him out for a walk he sleps really well after. i try to go out every day. i feel like all i do is feed him. It can make you a bit crazy!! Are you getting any sleep? it will get better, i ask everyone i see with babies! Do you change your lo after feedings? I find that when i change him he wakes up, so i try to change him before( if he is not crying and starving) or i will change him in the middle of the feeding. after i will just try and check or smell to see if their is any poop inthere. What do you do all day with her? It's so hard to get through the day sometimes. Well i wiuld love to chat more since our babies are @ the same age. Where are you from, i am from New Jersey.

 

Rabbits07 - May 5

ry, when was your baby born? My ds is 5 weeks (today) also. He was born March 31. Like pbj said it is kind of chaotic in the beginning. Mason is still getting up through the night also, every now and then he goes a 5 hour stretch, but not often. He spends alot of the day sleeping and then has really wakeful periods in the evening. I'm like Ronni and try to do something each day so I don't get stir crazy. Mason is now getting to where he likes to sit and really focus on things until his little eyes cross...he's already discovered the ceiling fan. Yesterday we went over to visit my oldest son and Mason was staring at the ceiling fan in their kitchen....it wasn't even on, but I know that he knew it was suppose to go around like ours does because he was too intent on staring at it. It was like he was just waiting for it to start going around!

 

ry - May 5

hey, thanks for your responses. my dd was born March 30th. i know she wont be on a routine for a while and i dont expect her to sleep through the night yet, but i sure am looking forward to those days! during the day she is pretty calm and good, she naps and eats whenever she wants (i do b___st feed) but once 6:00 or so rolls around she turns into a fussy little one! Right when Daddy gets home and wants to see her - lol. She cries and fusses off and on until around 9:30, it gets upsetting sometimes because i cant make her happy. She will act like she is starving so i will feed her, but she will keep pulling away to scream then search for my b___st again. I have tried gas drops and everything. The only thing we can do is keep changing her position or walk around with her. Hopefully it will pa__s! Do any of your babies smile yet? Or can they track objects with their eyes? Isabella doesnt do either yet. By the way we are in NY. :)

 

Marlene - May 5

Hi my son is 9wks and has no routine what so ever. he sleeps when he wants and eats when he wants. I was fine with that when I was on maternity leave but now that i'm back to work i'm dying. Instead of sleeping 10hours at night he's up 10hours. I hear it doesnt get better until about 3months. Its rough but it will pa__s. Also if she is ga__sy try giving her 2oz of water.

 

pbj - May 5

Actually, I wouldn't do the water thing, pediatricians do not recommend giving water to babies until 6 mths, unless of course directed to do so. Water does not help gas, it may help with a bm, but not with gas.

 

Rabbits07 - May 5

Mason is tracking objects, but he hasn't really smiled yet...he's only done that half-smile that they say is due to gas. He is really wakeful in the evening time, but he takes these bouts where he wants to nurse for 1 1/2 - 2 hours straight. I think it is more comfort than hunger though (I also b___st feed) Have you tried changing Isabella to he other b___st when she pulls off and screams? I know that sounds silly, but Mason has done that before and when I would let him nurse from the other b___st he would be fine. I don't know what the difference was...but it's worth a try. oh, we are in Virginia.

 

jas - May 5

My ds is 6 weeks as of yesterday... He has no schedule and is really fussy at night too... He is bottle fed and will cluster feed at night taking in about 10 oz in two hours - but then he will sleep for 5 hours. If he goes down at 8, he'll be up at 1 - 2 if he goes down at 9. I am trying to make sure he is up by 4pm - he'll take a short nap from 6 to 6:30 pm - then has done the 5 hour thing for the past week. It's nice, BUT he'll only go back down for another two hours or so (if I am lucky) and be up and wide awake at 4am... That part sucks....

 

JJ5235 - May 5

10 ounces in 2 hours is way to much for your baby. You are overfeeding. Sorry but that is just to much for a 6 week old. I would talk to your doctor about that so that your not hurting your baby.

 

krnj - May 5

My ds is 8 weeks and still only sleeping about 3 hours at night. I try to feed him (formula) a little bit more before I put him down for the night. Sometimes it works, other times not. Ronni, where in NJ are you? I'm from NJ too.

 

jas - May 5

I am not over feeding - he does not eat the "normal" every 2-3 hours... He eats more at certain times of the day and not at all at others... He is getting the "normal" total amount of oz per day as needed for his age.

 

JJ5235 - May 5

Jas, I am just trying to help you here. A 6 week old babys does not have a big enough stomach for that quant_ty. Small, frequent feedings set up a healthy eating pattern right from the start. Adults are now advised by experts that it is healthier to eat smaller amounts more often and the same is true for babies and children. Coaxing a baby to take more milk leads to overfeeding. If feeling overfull at feedings becomes the norm for a baby, this may lead to unhealthy eating habits that contribute to childhood obesity later.

 

JJ5235 - May 5

I would be concerned.

 

jas - May 5

first off, thanks for your concern. Second, I do not "coax" him to eat that much - that's how he has been since being born - he cluster feeds - in the morning and in the evening. Third, my doc has been monitoring - thank you very much. He won't eat every three hours - tried that - he throws up. I tried to limit his intake to what everyone seems to "recommend" - does not work - checked with the ped who said that some babies are like mine and to feed him as he wants. Cluster feeding is normal for my little one and he is not in any danger - in fact, the ped said he will make the transition to less feeds per day better then other babies who eat every 2-3 hours because he is already doing it. My 11 year old did the same thing and he is perfectly fine and healthy and has a normal eating habit. Thank you again for your concern, but I think I got it under control...

 

Ronni - May 6

krnj- i am from West New York, what about you?

 

krnj - May 6

Ronni I'm from Saddle Brook, we're practically neighbors! :)

 

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