Please don’t take this blog posts as ‘professional advice’. They are really just my experiences of life.
My precious little Van is 5 day’s old today.
The first two nights of Van’s life he was sleeping and feeding every three to four hours during the day and demanding to be fed two hourly at night. Very normal behaviour for a newborn!! In saying that, Autumn and Lux somehow knew the difference between night and day from birth.
They were both born in the afternoon and Van in the early hours of the morning so maybe that had something to do with it, I really don’t know.
All I do I know is that with feeding it’s all about the number of feeds they get in a 24 hour period. The other thing I know is that I can’t possibly go through the night on two hourly feeds and be sane and rational with the kids the next day.
Anyone who’s had a newborn knows that it takes about 45 minutes to feed, change a nappy (usually two nappies) and get bub drifting back to sleep. So really, you are probably getting an hour in tops between feeds. Not a problem if you’re lucky enough to be able to catch up during the day….
So, for two days and two nights now I have used this approach. I never let him go more than three hours between feeds during the day (start of feed to start of feed). If he wants two hourly during the day then that’s great too.
To wake him I unwrap him very gently and let him wiggle himself awake slowly, at his own pace (I’m a massive fan of the snug wrap, more on that later) a very gently way to wake him.
What I am hoping to achieve is that he has the majority of his feeds during the day so at night he is happy to try and go a little longer between feeds.
This is what Autumn did naturally. Two to three hourly during the day and four to six hourly at night. I rang Ngala when she was 10 days old as she was sleeping such long stints at night, and being my first I was groomed to think that I should be waking her to feed four hourly, day and night.
They laughed at me….. in a very kind way. She was a good size, healthy, feeding heaps during the day and letting me sleep at night, lucky me!
This is what I am hoping to achieve with Van.
Two days, two nights in with this gentle approach and so far so good. He is naturally waking for three hourly feeds at night and even did a four hour stint last night. Amen sista.
It’s a slow process and requires allot of patience as they are brand new!!! But for me, it’s a gentle way of helping Van turn daytime sleeping into night time sleeping.
I will let you know if it continues to work……
Has anyone tried this approach?
I want to state very clearly that I am not a doctor, midwife, parental or birthing expert. The information is intended solely for general educational aid and must not be considered medical or health care advise. I am writing on personal experience and the opinion’s expressed here are my own. Please consult your doctor or medical advisor if you require specific information.