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March 26th, 2011, 12:41 AM
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My LO sleeps a lot, still. He'll wake up, eat, burp, play with me for a little while (he's up about 2 - 3 hours) and then he'll sleep for 3 - 4 hours. He'll wake up, eat, burp, play with me (again, up for 2 - 3 hours) then he goes back to sleep. Then it's night time usually, so he eats, burps, goes back to sleep. Wakes up, eats, burps, goes back to sleep. Then it's morning again and it starts all over.

At his 2 month check up they said it was normal "because he's a preemie, he'll sleep a lot." My son is 15 weeks actual age, and 9 weeks adjusted age. Is this normal? Do full term 9 week olds sleep this much? My son is pretty much on target for his actual age, but he's still around 9 weeks in some aspects, is this just one of those aspects?
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March 26th, 2011, 01:36 PM
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I think I've found that with all my kids, remember the youngest 2 were full term, that they sleep like that until they hit about 12 weeks old. I guess, I wouldn't worry about it as they grow the quickest in the beginning. I'd only start to worry if he's not eating and sleeping instead of eating. Sounds like he's on a normal newborn schedule though.
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March 26th, 2011, 01:54 PM
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The past couple days, he'll eat 6oz, and go 8 hours in between feeds. He slept for 9 hours last night. He ate 6oz before he slept and 6oz when he woke up. But, I wake him to feed him and he is ready for food. If I take the bottle away to burp him, he screeches at me.

Though, the past few days have been busy and he hasn't napped like usual. Maybe he's catching up on sleep?
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March 26th, 2011, 03:13 PM
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Like I said, as long as he's still eating and being hungry, I wouldn't worry too much about it. Maybe try to wake him up and get him to eat during the day but let him sleep at night.
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March 27th, 2011, 07:57 AM
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Yeah, Jim slept a lot too. We used to spend a lot of time laying on the couch together--me laying on the couch, him laying on my chest asleep. I worked from home through my maternity leave and that's primarily how I got work done, I'd have my laptop on my lap and him on my chest.
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March 28th, 2011, 07:18 AM
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I used to have to wake Bryson every 2 hours through the night to feed until he was around 4 months as per the doctor (he always has had weight gain issues) but then I tried one night to see and he slept though the whole night. Since then he has always been a good sleeper at night and I always allow it lol! I used to and still actually feed him every couple hours during the day and let him sleep for the 10-11 hours at night, my doctor just says that as long as he gets the correct amount in within a 24 hour period then not to worry and that the more they sleep the more they will grow!
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March 28th, 2011, 06:00 PM
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I think it's normal. My son is turning 3 next month april 21st, and until this day has always been a good sleeper. I think when they are this young, it is good they sleep because they go through growth spurts.
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