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4.5 mth old - too much sleep?


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#1 kittycat01

Posted 17 January 2017 - 01:02 PM

DD is number 3 for me with older DS1 7yrs and DS2 4yrs. She screamed lace down for first 8 weeks and finally got used to the wind in her tummy and settled down. I weaned her onto formula at 3mths as she was feeding every 90 - 120 mins and using me as a dummy all night - and that wouldn't work with the older two at home over school hols.

She started sleeping through once I put her on formula as she discovered her thumb. We were on hols a couple of week ago with a long drive each way (12hrs). Since th n, she's also doing long day naps.

She's down 7.30pm till 8am at least (often have to wake her). Then she only lasts 90 mins to 2hrs max before doing another 2-3hr nap again I have to make her). She's keeping about 18-19hrs a day. It seems too much to me..last child had severe reflux and never slept so maybe I am just a little unused to it?? I hate waking her but she's missing feeds otherwise.

She's not that interested in feeding and I do have to do several goes to get a 200ml bottle into her. Some feeds she only takes 100-120ml so all up, she is taking 5 bottles totalling 750-800ml. She was the same with BF so I constantly worried if it was enough.

She's definitely getting enough stimulation while awake and not overdone usually..

I can't be this lucky with a dream baby..can I? She'll surely turn back into the demon spawn next week as she is teething now too. It's great and all that, but I am a little chained to the house with feral boys as a result.

Anyone else have a baby like this??
Kitty

#2 livelifelovehappy

Posted 17 January 2017 - 01:28 PM

My daughter would sleep 16-17 hours a day for the first year or so. BUT she was an extremely tiny premmie. I think she was using the sleeping time to grow, because she is now really tall. She also had reflux and we had to use formula, this definitely kept her fuller for longer than my breastfed son. I think reflux meds can make them sleepy - this is just my opinion and speculation...

I too was worried and we had her checked out by a ped. They did blood tests to check iron etc.

I think a Mama knows - if you're concerned you could ask for a ped referral...

My girl is now a preschooler and she still loves her sleep. But it's worth asking the question I think.

#3 livelifelovehappy

Posted 17 January 2017 - 01:29 PM

Yes and chained to the house with a feral boy is exactly what it is like. Why couldn't the sleeping baby be the first one?!

#4 Nasty-bags

Posted 17 January 2017 - 01:38 PM

My DS2, 4 months, is a bit like this- he does about 12 hours overnight (with two feeds), then can only stand to be awake 1-2 hours before needing another sleep (the naps range between 45 minutes and 3 hours. Usually one longer one and then a few 45 min to 1.5 hour sleeps). It's entirely new for me too as my first was a lower sleep needs baby, and he wouldn't nap in his cot ever either.

I'm actually glad my good sleeper came second (and I realise I'm heading into the sleep regression so could change, and that's ok, I feel like I hit the jackpot anyway so I'll be stoked even if it's only 4 months of brilliant sleep before it all goes to crap).

I don't think I would have coped well with DS1 if he'd been my second, but as it was it was all I knew so I just go on with it. I don't know how I would have coped with having to hold him for sleeps with another child to take care of.

My DS2 feeds less frequently than number one, and isn't as urgent and demanding about being fed. But he's just about cracked 9kg at 4 months so while it's new to me to have longer gaps between feeds, he's still porking up like his big bro did.

The thing that concerns me in your post, though, OP is your worries about your baby's eating. For that reason, I think a trip to the GP and/or paed is a good idea. Just to be on the safe side. Is she gaining wait well?

#5 FloralArrangement

Posted 17 January 2017 - 01:59 PM

My 2nd child was like this. We used to joke that I got her up to show dh every three weeks So he saw her. Dd is now a fiesty 18 year old. Making up for awesome sleeping habits as a baby with the truly terrible threes and the extremely grumpy late teens.

#6 Riotproof

Posted 17 January 2017 - 02:14 PM

I would look at whether she's hydrated enough - so lots of wet and dirty nappies, whether she's gaining weight steadily - some pharmacies have baby scales you can use, and other general development. If you have any concerns about those, you need to follow up.

#7 LUV-MY-KIDS

Posted 17 January 2017 - 06:53 PM

That was my DS he was a boring baby.  He slept through by 6weeks (no complaints) would only be up a couple hours and back for 4hr naps.  He was still doing 4hr nap when he started school.  Child care use to put him in the walk in cupboard with the toys as he outslept everyone else.  They use to have lunch at 11 and he would be asking to go into the room as soon as he had finished eating.  They would often wake him at 3 as that was outside play.  

Yes they do exist.

#8 maryanneK

Posted 16 February 2017 - 06:00 AM

Sounds like my DS! I never had trouble with feeding though

#9 chicken_bits

Posted 16 February 2017 - 11:05 AM

From what I remember from my sleep school days, 4.5 month olds should be on 3 x 2 hr naps a day and 12 hrs o/night. So that's 18 hours. I'd say the formula is keeping her going for longer than if you were bfing? Enjoy it while it lasts. :D




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