Yesterday, 08:06 AM
"Regressing" is just another word for "how babies actually sleep". I know there's this trope out there that babies "should" sleep longer and longer stretches as time goes on. You can even find all these convincing-looking but completely reality-free charts out there, showing how much a baby "should" sleep at a given age- e.g., 3 hour stretches at 3 weeks, 6 hours at 8 weeks, 12 hours at 3 months, etc. (I made those numbers up! See? Anyone can do it. :p)
What you should expect from your baby's sleep is for his patterns to shift almost constantly throughout the first year. Many babies are somewhat sleepy in the newborn stage, but just when you started to think that 3 hour sleep stretches were bearable, the babies start to wake up around 3 weeks and require more nighttime nursing at that point. Many babies also start sleeping through- that is, sleep a single 5 hour stretch- somewhere in the first few months. While some will continue to sleep long stretches, many if not most will revert to frequent night waking and nursing whenever growth spurts, teething, illness, or new developmental milestones kick in.
Naps are similarly erratic. You can probably expect naps to gradually consolidate over time, so that you'll see lots of short, unpredictable naps in infancy slowly giving way to a few more predictable, longer naps as the baby gets older. At 5 weeks, all bets are off in the nap department. You might see a few long naps, but you're much more likely to see...