Preterm baby

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Preterm baby

Postby Alessia » Tue 16 Jul, 2013 10:09 pm


My little boy was born at 30+6 weeks. He is now 13 weeks old (4 weeks corrected). His sleep has deteriorated a little bit over the last couple of weeks, but isn't too bad. My question is, after reading some of the other posts, it sounds like I don't need to worry too much about sleep associations and things like sleeping in arms etc until he is around 12weeks old. But does this go off his actual or corrected age. I know development goes off his corrected age (he is smiling since last week) but not sure how all this works with sleep etc. I am very keen for him to be able to self settle and not get into bad sleep habits.

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Re: Preterm baby

Postby NgalaOnline » Thu 18 Jul, 2013 8:49 am

Hi Alessia

Thank you for your post. This is a little bit of a grey zone with no precise answer, but like other development it is usually best to look at sleep and settling in terms of corrected age. The ability to soothe oneself and also the ability to lay down memories and associations are both features that only develop with a maturation in brain development - which is why newborns do not have these abilities in the first 3 months or so in life. Your baby's brain development is likely to be more in line with his gestational or corrected age. If you would like to you could begin to make gentle and gradual steps towards helping your baby to settle in his cot. This may be just beginning with trying to pat or stroke him to sleep in his cot or bassinet for one or two sleeps a day, when he is contented and not too overtired. In another month or two you may like to begin extending this and working on trying to gently support him to fall asleep in his cot for more of his sleeps.

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