Originally Posted by KeltoKel
However, if I camp out on the couch with him, he will easily sleep for 3 hours. I assume the warmth of my body makes him sleep longer.
Yep. Your baby slept with you, all snuggled up and comfy, for nine whole months. 3 weeks is not a long time to expect him to sleep well on his own.
Does anyone else have stories about their newborn not sleeping well? Any advice or tips?
Yes, the day I figured out the side lying postition was the day I got good naps. DD is 8.5 months old and we still nap together for 2 hours in the afternoon.
9 months in, 9 months out. And true to that, at almost 9 months old, she is becoming more and more indipendent about sleeping on her own. It's no surprise it took her almost as much time on the outside and she was on the inside to be able to sleep well without me. Plus, this is about the time when object permanence - the ability to remember us when we're not around - kicks in. Now that she knows that I still exist when she can't see she doesn't panick when she wakes and I'm not there. I think it is because of this that is able to put herself back to sleep.
My LLL leader put to me like this. If you fell asleep all snuggled up in bed next to your husband but then woke up alone on the kitchen floor, would you be able to put yourself back to sleep? Probably not. When a baby falls asleep with mommy but wakes up alone in a crib, they may as well wake up on the kitchen floor. It must be scarey to suddenly be all alone!