Michelle - posted on 10/25/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )
im not sure if im really doing babywise or if I just think I'm doing babywise. i want to make sure I'm not misunderstanding something that will end up hindering my baby in some way.
we are on a 3-hr schedule, but I always let the baby wake up naturally to eat (should I be waking her up?). When she wakes up, shes usually fussy - I'm not sure if that's normal or a sign I'm doing something wrong. Although she usually wakes up within 10 mins of the 3-hr mark, sometimes she seems really hungry, sometimes she doesnt seem hungry - but will still eat. Somedays when she had more alert awake time, she sleeps to 3.5 hrs, and then yesterday she slept until the 4 hr mark. When this 3.5 and 4 hr thing happen, my husband and I don't know if we should wake her up or let her sleep or what. what would you do?
In the evenings, we feed her at 7:30, do a quick bedtime routine, and then put her down for the night. She wakes up to eat at 12:30 almost every night, and then wakes up again to eat at 3:30. Some nights she wakes up at 12:00, and then again at 3:00.
In the mornings, we normally feed her within 15 minutes of 7:15, although often times she wakes up at 6:15 and lightly fusses off an on until she starts full blown crying -which is when we end up feeding her.
We are about to fall back an hour (daylight savings time) in two weeks, so i'm trying to push her bedtime feeding/routine at 8:30 so that when we fall back shes on her 7:30 again.
Two nights ago, I fed her at 7:00, she was asleep by 7:30 - and went 8 hours before she woke up again at 2am, and then again at 5 am, and then slept until 8:30 because we werent sure if we should wake her up for her 7:30 am feeding or not?
Last night, she fell asleep after a rough, fussy day at 6:30 in my arms, and then at 7:45 I woke her up to feed her and due the bedtime routine..but she never really fully woke up. Then she slept until 12:30, then woke up again at 4:15......
anyway - I just want to know if there is something in all this that I may need to be aware of, I dont feel like i have a good grasp on it, and just want to make sure that there is not something I am doing that is holding her back in some way
also, i'm finding it super challenging to keep with the eat-sleep-nap thing, because she does not nap very well unless she is in our home. when we are home, the schedule goes wonderfully. but when we are at the grandparents or any family event - she gets too stimulated too nap, and only takes like 10 minute naps inbetween shrieks from my nephews, neices, and people wanting to hold and talk to her. what do you all do in these situations (its pretty often for me)...grandpa said "well she needs to get used to the noise", and i agree, but its tough when a 6 week old is screaming because you know shes tired and just won't sleep.