Sleep with a 7 week old

Warning: This is NOT going to be the post you are expecting.
While shopping the other day a random lady stopped to admire Noah’s cuteness. She gave me a sympathetic look and said, “Oh, It will get better. You will eventually get to sleep again.” I just smiled politely and nodded my head opting not to tell her that he already sleeps through the night.
We are very blessed to have the world’s most awesome baby. Seriously, since day 1 he’s slept at least 5 hours straight, sometimes as much as 7. (I’m sure most of the new moms want to hurt me right now.) I don’t know if we just got lucky or if it’s something we are doing but both Jude and Noah have been excellent sleepers.

Here’s a typical night/morning in the Lieb house….
7:30 – 8:00 pm – Jude goes to bed (He goes to bed a bit early since he doesn’t nap)
8:00 – 11:00 pm – Mom and Dad hang out, clean the house a bit, watch a little TV, feed Noah, etc….
11:00 pm – We usually get ready for bed. Feed Noah. Go to Sleep.
4:00 or 5:00 am (ish) – Noah wakes up to eat and then falls back to sleep.
7:30 am – Joe gets up for work. I usually get up too.
8:00 am (ish) – Jude gets up.
9:00 am (ish) – Noah wakes up.

We are a co-sleeping, bed-sharing family.
co-sleeping = when a child sleeps in the same rooms the parents.
bed-sharing = when a child sleeps in the same bed as the parents.

Noah sleeps in the bed with us. (Jude slept in the bed with us until he was about 6 months old.)
Bed-sharing makes caring for him SOOOO much easier.
  • I don’t have to get out of bed to feed him.
  • I can side nurse so I don’t have to sit up or even wake up.
  • I don’t worry about him as much.
  • I can hear him start to stir so he barely wakes up to eat and easily goes back to sleep.
  • He feels safe sleeping close to mom and sleeps better. (I mean he was inside me for 9+ months it makes sense he would feel safest being close to me.)
We never intended to be a bed-sharing family but it has become such a blessing. I’m glad to see reports from medical professionals suggesting bed-sharing (if done properly).

In addition to bed-sharing, co-sleeping I think because Noah is a larger baby that also helps with his sleep habits. But really, I think we are just extremely blessed.


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