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My three week old baby doesn`t seem to like sleeping throughout the day

Hi Maree,
I have a three week old baby, and he doesn`t seem to like sleeping throughout the day. He sleeps great at night time - anywhere from 5 to 8 hours, has a feed and then back down for another 3. But once the sun comes up, he refuses to go down again. We have tried controlled crying and settling him whilst in his cot, but this doesn`t seem to work.

Our routine is to give him one breast, change his nappy (to also wake him up!) give him the other breast, burp him and then bed. We also bath him between breasts at about 6pm.

He only catnaps through the day if he is being held, and as soon as you put him down, whether it be in his cot or rocker, within 5 minutes he is awake. I know I shouldn`t complain because he sleeps well at night, but I can`t get anything done through the day as he needs to be held.

So most days he is awake from 7am through until about 9 or 10pm. I can tell he is overtired, but he fights going to sleep. Our night time put down starts at about 6pm, so half the time he is due for another feed before he goes to sleep!

Please help! Any advice you can give would be much appreciated. I know it is only early days, but I know he wants to sleep, and I am not sure I am doing enough to help him.

Regards, Dannielle

Answer: Hi Dannielle, Trust me early days is the best time to start! Before long you will find he is staying awake longer and longer. I would encourage you to implement a feed /play /sleep routine so you feed when he wakes then play and then as soon as he shows tired signs wrap him and settle him awake into the cot straight away, this way you are not feeding an overtired baby to sleep. During the night replace play with a nappy change and resettle him awake again. Try follow our It`s Time To Sleep settling program the patting techniques are all hands and no leaving baby at this age but they will teach him to sleep independently instead of falling asleep during a feed. I hope this helps. Cheers, Maree
Answered: 22 Nov 2008