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Old 07-31-2011, 04:11 PM   #1
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Sleep ( or lack thereof)

For you mamas of preemies, when did they start to sleep well at night? My 32 weeker is almost 7 weeks, trouble staying asleep at night. My full term babies varied in sleep patterns but wasn't sure if preemie status hindered sleep further. Thanks!

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My twins (born at 32 weeks) slept through the night around 11 weeks. Both needed to be swaddled to stay asleep until about 4'or 5 months. Hang in there!
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Old 08-01-2011, 03:50 AM   #3
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Re: Sleep ( or lack thereof)

I don't think being a preemie has any effect on how well they sleep. All babies are different. Our 30-weeker didn't sleep through the night until about 7-8 months. Even now, at 10 months, he still fusses a little at night (but without actually waking up or needing a bottle). Swaddling does help a lot, as pp said.
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Re: Sleep ( or lack thereof)

My 32 weeker is now 14 months old and still doesn't sleep through the night. He is up nursing every 2 to 4 hours all night long and I am exhausted! My term babies were crappie sleepers too just not as extrema as this little guy, he is anti napping too- he just doesn't sleep really.
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My 34 Weeker still does not sleep through the night at almost 9 months. If you are bf'ing you need to look at the effect swaddling can have and also how it effects hip development. Our PT said it was one of the worst things Americans do to their babies for development because it forces the legs straight.
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Re: Sleep ( or lack thereof)

My DS was a 35 weeker and he did not sleep well at all. He had to have lights and sounds at night for the first few months. He also had to be swaddled. I was able to shut the lights off at a few months and stopped swaddling him around 7 months. He still uses a sound machine. I thought especially the light issue was from the nicu with all the lights for those first five days. He just got used to it. He was a terrible sleeper until he was about a year though. I dont know if it had everything to do with being early but I know it didn't help things.
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Just thought I'd update...DD is now 11 weeks, and still not sleeping unless it's co-sleeping touching me and even then it's restless, fussy sleep. I just started eliminating dairy from my diet as we are pretty sure she has a dairy intolerance/sensitivity (dd2 did as well). Also dealing with some reflux. I'm exhausted and not looking forward to going back to work next week. We had a few days a week ago where she slept (I had had limited dairy for the prior week), it was fabulous! She was such a happy baby and I was a happy momma!
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My preemie sweetie craved skin contact. Even when we got her in her bed at night, she didn't start napping in her crib til 9 months! She was 31 weeks and sleeping 8-9 hours at 7 months, but was on formula.
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