Silja's Sleep Diary: three weeks old
Written by Taru, Silja's mom
Last week's sleeping through the
night did not last but at three weeks old Silja's night awakenings are
Her mom learns about the caffeine effects on baby sleeping problems
when breast feeding ...
Silja is three weeks old already
and this weekend our entire families
came over for Silja's
It's been very odd having a baby here in London while all our family is
back in Finland, so we really enjoyed seeing everyone.
We tried to make everything as informal and minimum fuss for us -
everyone stayed in a nearby hotel, and the ceremony was performed at
home by my husband's cousin.
He's a priest and can always be relied on to turn up when needed, and
to say the right things in potentially explosive family situations.
Silja was totally calm all day, being passed from one adoring relative
to another and barely waking up for feeds. She even forgot about her
usual afternoon fuss – but by the time the guests had left and our big
kids were in bed, she had her vengeance and kept us up until
I'm not sure if she'd just sort of shut down
during the day because of
all the activity and strange people, and then needed to be awake before
she could settle for the night.
I also suspected it might have been the rather strong coffee
drinking that afternoon. Silja certainly didn't seem happy or
particularly sociable during those
late evening hours.
courtesy by yoppy
While I was feeding her for the third time between
10 and 11 pm, I
remembered one particularly cranky afternoon earlier on in the week
when I'd enjoyed a large cappuccino in the morning ...
Whatever was bothering her was all over the next day and she was
perfectly happy and active during the day and asleep by 10 pm.
Since then, and now at three weeks old, she's been back in the same 'sleep, eat, poo' lifestyle as
previously, although she's getting a bit bigger now and can stay up a
bit more and socialise a bit before the next sleep, eat or poo.
Caffeine effects when breast feeding
Taru most probably
experiences the effects
of caffeine on baby's sleep
Caffeine is a well known stimulant: very strong, acting quickly and
lasting for up to six hours.
When you breastfeed, your baby gets her portion of this caffeine. And
of course this may make her
more active and less sleepy than she
moms have reported tremendously improved sleep after they started
drinking less or no coffee.
So it's worth a try: drink less or no coffee for a week or so
and see how it affects your baby's sleeping.
Remember that also chocolate and tea contain caffeine so the same holds
for these goodies. There's quite a bit of caffeine in
most green and white teas and many blends so always check to
be sure. Natural herb tea should usually be fine.
Going back to sleep at night might be getting more difficult,
too – last night she was wide awake after her nightly feed
and it took a good long while and a bit more feeding to settle her back
to sleep again.
Still, it's not too bad since I seem to be able to fall asleep myself
at two seconds' notice after a feed, and feel like I've had a long and
restful sleep although it's only been a few hours. Must be those
Of course, sleeping through the night like I mentioned last
didn't last – as soon as I started worrying about it,
Silja changed her mind and went back to falling asleep around 10 or
11pm, then feeding once in the early morning hours and getting up
around 6 or 7 am.
She seems to like a longer nap in the morning now that she's three
weeks old and if the weather is
good I try to get out for a walk at that time. Silja absolutely hates
getting dressed to go out and getting into the pram, but by the time we
actually get out of the door she will have calmed down.
She usually has a long and restful sleep while I get some fresh air and
gentle exercise - or just a chance to sit in a café like a grown-up.
However, I'm ordering peppermint tea from now on ...