May 2013 Moms

Restless Afternoons

This is my first child, so I am learning as I go.  I am breastfeeding my son, he was 4 weeks old yesterday.  He is sleeping about 3-4 hours at a time during the night and usually sleeps in between each feeding during the day.  For the past couple of days he has been fussy and restless in the afternoons.  For example, he ate from 5:40-6:15 pm yesterday, was wide awake after eating, slept for about 10 minutes, ate again from 8:00-8:45 pm, did not sleep again until after late night feeding.  Finally ate again at 10:30-11:00 and fell asleep.  Any advice about infants fighting sleep is greatly appreciated!

Re: Restless Afternoons

  • About 2 weeks ago (at about a month old) mine started being awake from 4pm to 8pm every day and pretty fussy.

    it is his new schedule 

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    DD will be 6 weeks tomorrow and is awake most of the day.  She'll get up around 6 am, awake until noon-ish, then nap for 2 hours or so, then will be up again until the evening. Maybe another nap if we're lucky.  She gets progressively fussier as the day goes on since she also fights sleep.  I deal with it until 7 pm and then start the night ritual -- bath, change, swaddle, food, rocking -- she'll usually fall asleep after that.
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  • My DD has been fussing more and more lately, too.

    I've been relying too heavily on the pacifier, which I'm sure I'm going to regret later, but right now I'm fine with doing whatever works!
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  • I used to only swaddle at night but lately if LO gets fussy for no apparent reason I swaddle him but leave him in the living room with light/sound and that's been helping him sleep. I just started today though... the last few days were rough. He is 6 weeks 5 days today.
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  • My guy is most awake and fussy in afternoons and evenings now too. Think it's just his new schedule.
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  • Mine is fussy and wide awake in the afternoon since 3 weeks so that's when we do doctor appointments and trips to stores. It helps some.


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  • My DD is awake almost all the day.. And night lately.
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  • My LO seems to be an evening and night owl. We've been going for a short walk outside every afternoon. She fusses when I strap her into the chest carrier but calms down quickly once we get outside. She doesn't always fall asleep but she stops yelling.
    Baby girl born 5/20/13. Figuring it out as we go. :)
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