First, I must give public props to my beloved Besheret, Narda – she (9 times out of 10) takes the night shift. Before Malka, I kept sharing that the only thing I was afraid of with a baby was the sleep deprivation. It’s INTENSE! Narda functions MUCH better on less sleep than I do, and she has lovingly volunteered to take the night shift. We still have Malka in our bedroom, so I’m only in our bedroom on my nights “on,” otherwise, I’m in the guest bedroom. I can’t nap during the day, so it’s really the only way I can function, otherwise, I tend to wake up EVERY time she shfts her breathing patterns, which is about every 20 minutes. NOT good when you have to be “on” all day with her.
I will put Malka to bed around 8:00pm, and she’s asleep for about 5-6 hours, usually 5, and then up for an hour for a feeding and dipe change, and then back asleep until about 5:30 or 6:30, depending on her mood.
She takes a BIG nap from about 12 Noon until 3pm, and LOTS of little 20-45 minute cat naps during the day.
Having added it all up, it’s only about 13 hours on a good day, and everything we’ve read says she should be sleeping about 15 hours per day. ERP. One of the doctors in the Ped’s office said she should be sleeping 10 hours at night now – WTF! That SO has yet to happen. I think doctors tell people things, and then they do their own version anyway. Malka is also on a reduced ounces plan, down to 32, from the 40 we were giving her, and she seems to be adjusting OK to it. (She’s 18.4 pounds, 25 inches and not yet 4 months old).
Dooce had a BIG ole discussion about sleep, and I’m sure Malka’s just too young for any of the sleep training stuff, and we “should be so lucky we get those 5 hours in a row,” but I’m just concerned she’s not getting enough sleep.
Or maybe I just need to get over myself.
Here’s a link to the whole discussion on Dooce – I’m still reading all of the comments, and I’m on 24 of 475… Healthy Sleep Habits, Grumpy Baby
What are you doing, what works for you, how often does your child sleep? Or – How do YOU sleep, how did YOU sleep as a baby? This is a GOOD question to ask your folks – SOON! I asked my mom, and she simply said “You were a good baby; you slept through the night.” That was about all of the detail I could get from her.