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  • Emma

    March 25, 2024 at 10:38 am

    Hi Hristina!

    From your description, it sounds like your son may be staying awake after the feed (breastfeed or bottle) instead of falling asleep while eating, which is what he did during the newborn stage. If that is the case, then this is completely normal.

    In the first few weeks, babies are often sleepy (and sleep a lot), but over the coming weeks, they start to ‘wake up’ and have more time awake during the day. If this is the case for your little one, then instead of following the wake, feed, sleep routine (which you did during those first three weeks), you will begin to adopt the wake, feed, play, and sleep routine.

    To encourage your little one to fall asleep more quickly and for longer during the day, following the strategies in the course will help. So this includes (but is not limited to):

    • Creating an ideal sleeping environment
    • Considering swaddling him for all sleep
    • Using the settling pyramid to help your little one fall asleep in the crib (when you have the energy to do so or just for the morning nap)
    • Pausing when he stirs in his sleep to ensure he is genuinely awake before going in and getting him
    • Following the wake, feed, play, sleep routine.
    • Keeping stimulation low for overnight feeds
    • Following the wake, feed, sleep routine for overnight feeds
    • Think about having a consistent wake-up time to help the maturation of your little one’s circadian rhythm.

    Just note that the length of time your little one will nap may vary for each nap (some might be long, while others may be short).

    Also, remember that the Period of PURPLE Crying started at 2 weeks of age and will continue to increase, peaking at 6 – 8 weeks before it starts to decrease again. During these times of fussiness, consider using the other strategies in the module Nagitating the Period of PURPLE Crying.

    I hope that helps!