hours of sleep??

Nicki - posted on 12/29/2008 ( 12 moms have responded )

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ok so i am not complaining but my little one sleeps thru the night and has been since dec 1. (he turned 4 months on dec 27.) we run on a baby lead schedule. how many hours is he supposed to sleep at night? how many hours does your little one sleep including trips to the milk bar at night? and what time is bed time and wake up time? and any other answer to questions i didnt ask. thank you. and congrats to you all for making it thru this far without going crazy!!

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Julie - posted on 01/05/2009

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Thank you both for your postings. Both are very helpful. I've been reading a book called babywise but I think I will purchase Save our Sleep also. Good to know that you both are on schedules and it seems to be working. I haven't been consistent and am guessing that is what my problem is. My daughter woke up 3 times last night. The holidays have thrown her off I suppose?!

Francine - posted on 01/05/2009

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I found a book called "Save Our sleep" by Tizzi Hall and it's brilliant - tells you when to feed milk, solids feed, sleep times, bath times and bed time. It also has case studies and questions and answers. My daughter Jasmine is 4.5months and has been on a new routine for about a week now and she sleeps from 7pm to 7am with a dreamfeed at 10.30pm. Would be lost without it. Has routines from birth to 24 months. Would recommend to any parent :)

Sharon - posted on 01/05/2009

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Well done so far! Each babe is an individual, but I reckon that around 16 hours in total per day is about right so far. My little boy would never sleep for more than an hour and a half before wanting more food at 4 months (totally breastfed) and even after weaning wouldn't sleep through the night until he was a year old! (He's been a brilliant sleeper ever since, he's now three!). My daughter, 4 months old on 14 Dec, started going about eight hours from nine pm at 8 weeks old (utter bliss!). Now she has a last feed around 7.30 pm, goes to sleep within about ten minutes of finishing it, and will sleep through to anywhere between 4.30 - 5.30 am, when she feeds and goes straight back to sleep until about 7 am. She'll nap for about an hour and a half four or five times in the day. I don't do anything to get her to sleep, she just falls asleep when she's ready with no complaining. (Yes, I know I am incredibly lucky, and no, it's not anything I've done, she's just built that way!). I think it's helped her that her big brother has a really good bed time rountine: bath, dinner, story downstairs, upstairs at 7 pm, two stories upstairs and that's it, because she seems to know that once big bro has disappeared, nothing interesting is going to happen after the last feed and she may as well go to sleep! Hope everyone had a peaceful Christmas and your babes gave you a bit of 'Silent Night'!!!

Julie - posted on 01/04/2009

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This is so helpful. My daughter is just shy of 5 months but she will typically only sleep 8 hours (I'm not complaining...truthfully I'm happy if I get 8 hours), but am wondering, how do you get your baby on a daytime schedule of two naps a day?



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Tania - posted on 01/04/2009

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Yikes, am I the only one to say ... "I did go crazy for a minute" :)
We have set Aiden's schedule. From the very beginning we have kept the same routine for bedtime (bath, boob/bottle, crib). At first we started bedtime process @ 7 pm and he went down @ 8 pm. Now we start @ 6 pm and he goes down @ 7 pm. He used to wake up @ 3 am and get a feed, now he wakes up at 5 am instead. He will sleep till 7 and take another hour nap at 8 am. I have trained him for naps during the day and that has worked really well. I also read that at their age they should sleep 15 hours a day. Aiden is at 14-15 hours.

Stephanie - posted on 01/03/2009

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nicki, try topping your little one off with formula, you can use a spoon or a medicine cup( like you'd get with children's tyenol.) so not to give them nipple confusion, this may hold the little one over a little more.

Stephanie - posted on 01/03/2009

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my son turned 4 months old dec 28th. he has been sleeping through the nice since 2 months old. He goes to bed with us around 10 and sleeps until 7 or 8 in the morning. he doesn't take a bottle during the night. he feeds before we go to bed and first thing in the am. he naps during the day from about 1230- 3. and then again at night from about 6-7.

Angela - posted on 01/03/2009

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After our bedtime routine- Grace will sleep from 6:30p.m.-6:30a.m. Sometimes waking up once to eat. Then she will take one morning nap (about an hour) and an afternoon nap for about 30-60 min. Babies are different- I also read that at 4 months about 15 hours of sleep is normal. Sometimes she will even go back to sleep around 7am after she eats (her early morning nap)

Crystal - posted on 12/29/2008

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Hi Nicki;

U r lucky your little 1 sleeps thru the night. My daughter will b 5 months on Jan 4 & still wakes up every 2 - 3 hrs thru out the night. I breast feed her & it seems that she may not b getting enuff 2 hold her until morning. I feed her @ 930pm & she's asleep by 10pm, then up @ midnight 4 another feed, then again @ 2 am & so on. I have a friend who has her baby on formula & he is 3 months old, she says he sleeps 4 6 hrs @ night b4 waking up 4 a feed then goes back 2 sleep 4 another 4 - 6 hrs. So my hubby & I have decided 2 try formula @ bedtime 4 our little girl & hopefully she will sleep a bit longer. We have also decided 2 try pablum during the day 2 see if she stays full longer. I don't know if this is what u r ging thru but if so I feel ur pain LOL

Ann - posted on 12/29/2008

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I think I read somewhere that babies at this age "should" (I use that term lightly) be sleeping something like 15-16 hours a day total. So, for example, my daughter who is 4 1/2 months old sleeps about 10-11 hours at night and then naps for about 5 hours throughout the day. This makes us about 15-16 hours during any given 24 hour period. But just a few months back, she was getting only 11-12 hours total which was complete HELL. She just wouldn't sleep. But now that she is (we changed formulas and beds), things are much better and she is WAY happier. She eats/plays/naps on a pretty routine 3-hour cycle. Hope that helps.

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we also run on whatever JP feels like doing during the day but a couple weeks ago we started a "night time routine". basically all we do where ever we are (even at friends' houses) @ 730pm we turn off the lights and turn down the volume and it really helps him get sleepier/go to bed faster. he usually sleeps till about 530/6ish in the morning

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