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My son (a month old), hardly sleeps. He sleeps for 3-4 hours on a stretch, once a day and rest of his sleeps are all for shorter durations (30 mins).
In total he sleeps only 10-11 hours a day.
Is it normal or is he suffering from insomnia like his father?
 
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Sounds about normal. Now, if he were sleeping through the night it might be cause for worry
 
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Originally posted by Jeroen Wenting:
Sounds about normal. Now, if he were sleeping through the night it might be cause for worry



Many parents would disagree
Actually from what I heard, a month old baby should sleep for 14-20 hours a day. So, I thought my son is sleeping too little.
 
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Mani,

I think it's normal sleeping pattern.Each kid is unique,and the sleeping pattern will vary in the coming months...

My son used to sleep very less when he was of that age (few months...)
Ask your child's Pediatrician if you are very much concerned about it.

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The baby might be sleeping empty/half ful stomach or closer to a noisy place or something? The very same reasons which disturbs our sleep can disturb a baby's sleep.

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I tell ya, they are early symptoms of a techie in making!
 
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Make sure you are not feeding java to him.

Seriously, check coffee, tea sources if breastfed.

 
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My son would stay up when any visitors were over. Didn't want to miss and ounce of interaction. At about 4 mos was sleeping thru the night but now must be held. So it varies, as they change. And they are changing all the time at this stage.
 
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First Congrats on becoming a new dad.

I agree its on the lower end of the scale. That said, its not alarming, much less insomnia. When my daughter, Shreeya, was of that age (now seven months) she was like that too. After about three months, they undergo a drastic change (something magical happens, I don't want to know) and sleep more at a stretch in the night. I remember holding Shreeya in my arms all night sometimes. One thing that helped extremely was a rocking chair. She used to sleep within no time if we rocked her.

In our case, we (first time parents) bugged the Pediatrician many times. At one point the Pediatrician said 'Babies are just like us. They have good days and bad days. So, if she's (the baby) feeding well and there are a lot of wet/dirty diapers, there's nothing to worry.' So far, we have learned that feeding is one of the most important signal you need to watch in case of infants. OTOH, parents will suffer insomnia and tiredness, but that's just the beginning of parenthood.

I say beginning because right now, Shreeya is sick (cold, cough, fever - Croup) and in the last 72 hours I have been carrying her for about 30 - 40 hours. Luckily this is my vacation week and so its manageable. Although, I wish..........ah well!

Good luck.

- m.....................parenting is tough!
 
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Our little one was a screaming bundle of hell for 3 months... just as you describe - wont sleep for more than a couple of hours at a time..

but one day... all of a sudden.... she clicked... screaming stopped sleeping started...
Since 3 moths old she sleeps 12 hours solid every nigh (now 8 months old)..

At 1 month old I was going insane, my wife was going insane and we were nearly tearing each other apart.. Fortunately it started to get better by about 2 months and we allstarted getting less distressed..

HANG ON IN THERE - It gets easier!!!
 
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Just heard this on the (6:30 pm ) NBC Evening News, apparently there are Sleep Councillors available at $$$ (ofcourse!) who can advise new parents on baby sleep patterns. They referred to some article in tomorrows WallStreet Journal. Watch out.

- m
 
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Tina: It's not a noisy place. It's neither too cold nor too hot. I don't think he sleeps empty stomach either.

Tony: My wife stopped taking Coffee / Tea a year back.

Thanks for the wishes Madhav and Thanks for the hopeful news Adrian

And thanks for all the replies. I feel comfortable now (though don't know why!)
 
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Mani used to be a girl AFAIK, Tony, unless you were refering to the previous poster.

Congratulations Mani, on becoming a ..... mother?
 
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Originally posted by Helen Thomas:
Congratulations Mani, on becoming a ..... mother?



I'm a father.
Thanks anyway
 
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Originally posted by Helen Thomas:
Mani used to be a girl AFAIK



Mani means Gem. It is normally combined with other words to form the name. Manimozhi, Manimegalai are female names, where as Mani Rathnam, Manivannan are male names.
But when you just say Mani, it almost always refers to a male name.
 
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That's OK - Helen used to be a man.
 
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Originally posted by Jim Yingst:
That's OK - Helen used to be a man.



Yep. I noticed it in the Postman Pat can't afford a flat thread
 
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Seriously , I thought you were a female (who used to hit on Jim a lot).

Don't mind me. I am just getting over the shock.
Hope the baby catches up on sleep soon. Congratulations, Dad.
[ December 15, 2004: Message edited by: Helen Thomas ]
 
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Originally posted by Helen Thomas:
Seriously , I thought you were a female (who used to hit on Jim a lot).



Why? When? Where?
 
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I guess it's the name. Mani, if you are not used to it, sounds feminine.
I was joking about the hitting. I bet Jim initially thought you were female. I think I better dope up on coffee now. [Runs away ]
 
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Mani reminds Mani Bhavan,the place in Mumbai where Gandhi used to stay when he used to come.The first step that shook the mighty empire was taken here.
Rowlett Act of 1919 was passed as Black Act here.
 
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Originally posted by Arjun Shastry:
Mani reminds Mani Bhavan



Strange. Most of the people I have met are reminded of Mani Ratnam when they hear Mani!
 
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Open season on sleeping baby stories?

When I was a month or so old, I was fussing at night and my dad took me to his chair to sit for a while. Worked out well cause there was a basketball tournament running late at night two time zones west and he could listen on radio. After I fell asleep he moved the recliner chair back and with the extra weight it tipped over onto the back. He decided to stay there rather than holler for help and wake me up so we spent the night. Putting my daughter (and myself) to sleep in the recliner was about my only parenting skill. Must have run in the family.
 
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