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3.5mth old - two sleeps between feeds

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#1 kittycat01

Posted 19 February 2013 - 01:08 PM


DS2 is not conforming to my perfect expectations..lol. I think DS1 was such a good sleeper, I was in for a rude awakening with this one original.gif. He is 16wks old now.

He's a bit of a catnapper during the day (does 11pm - 6am in one straight sleep and usually dream-feeds thr 11pm one ). His daytime routine kind of goes - feed, play, sleep,play,sleep, feed
He never does more than 40 mins sleep and then he's up again all smiley and chirpy. The first sleep happens about 1.5hrs after waking so for example we get :
2pm feed & change
2.30 - 3.30pm play
3.30 - 4.10 sleep
4.10 - 5.10 play
5.10 - 5.50pm sleep
6pm feed
(Same routine at 6am and 10am feeds also unless he wakes at 5am where I typically resettle him after his feed and he stays down until 7.30 or 8am.)

He has severe reflux and is medicated with losec once a day and Zantac twice a day. He is also on manually thickened formula as he can't keep milk down if not thickened (I gave up BFing at 8wks as he wasn't feeding well and kept vomiting entire feeds (leaving me with none left to give him). Didn't have time to express, thicken and feed it back to him (as DS1 is 3.5 and climbing up the walls due to lack of attention.). With the combination, he is no longer gulping though he does still get a lot of gas which makes him a bit uncomfortable (passing wind). I'm reasonably sure it's not reflux that's waking him

So, things I've tried so far to try and get him to sleep longer.
- tried 3hrly routine - still all over the place and just falling straight asleep with no play every 2nd feed
- tried keeping him up longer before 1st sleep (turns into complete gremlin and whole day is lost trying to get routine back). He is definitely ready for the sleep after 1.5hrs awake.
- tried resettling - not a hope of him doing that
- tried just leaving him to play in cot in hope he'll resettle - nope, loses patience and I do have to pick him up eventually.
- tried leaving him to cry for a bit (I disagree with doing this but my mum told me to try it). Whole day lost again after this one
- tried keeping him up after the 1st sleep - just passed out at end of next feed and messes up his routine.

Anything obvious that I'm missing ? Anything else I can try ?

It's driving me nuts as DS1 is feeling very left out as I get to spend no time with him as I'm constantly attending to dS2 or trying to get a teeny bit of housework done - seriously, I only get enough time to just swap around clothes washing and hang out stuff or just sort out the dishes.


Eta - he is in a sleeping bag now but was the same when still wrappedso its not startle reflex

Edited by kittycat01, 19 February 2013 - 01:12 PM.

#2 NicolinaO

Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:06 PM

sounds like he is sleeping pretty well  wink.gif
at least he is a far better sleeper than my one lol sorry have no advise as Id love mine to sleep like yours.

#3 Lokum

Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:16 PM

Sounds like my DS1, who I regarded as a great sleeper! If he goes to sleep easily and wakes up happy, arguably there is no sleep problem - only a housework problem?

In which case, organise yourself better/differently. If you accept/embrace the 40 min naps, you start to operate in 40 min blocks -  some of which should be reserved for your older child.

My trouble is I never know if my 3 month old is down for 30 mins or 2 hours, and if woken, is CRANKY. And sometimes clearly needs the next sleep cycle but cant get through with resettling. Id swap that for one who wakes happy!

#4 Wacky Wobbler

Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:54 PM

My little one is nearly 16 wks and sounds exactly like your baby. I don't bother to resettle as he wakes up happy. DS goes to bed between 7 - 8 and wakes for 1 feed overnight and then wakes for the day between 6 - 8am.

I figure he is just a catnapper and do what I can in the 40 mins he is asleep. He is also happy to sit in his bouncer when he is awake so I can get some stuff done then as well.

I sometimes find the catnapping hard but it does make it a lot easier to go out during the day.

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