Bedtime & wakeup times

Stacey - posted on 05/09/2011 ( 17 moms have responded )

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What time do you put baby to bed at night? When do they wake up?

My 8 month old started night waking a lot and it has been torture to get him back to sleep. He was going to bed around 7:30pm and waking up between 6-7am. In between that, he would wake up crying around midnight and 3, 4 or 5am. My mom babysat last week and put him to bed at 9pm and he slept thru the night with no crying! I thought that was too late, but for the past few nights I stuck to this schedule and he is sleeping better. he has been waking up anywhere from 7 - 8am I just want to make sure he is getting enough sleep.

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Jenna - posted on 06/07/2011

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My 10 month old goes to bed at 6, but I wake him up for a bottle at around 9pm. It depends on his mood how long he sleeps for. He wakes up at around 6 for a bottle, then he sleeps til around 8am when he has breakfast.

Alicia - posted on 06/06/2011

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Since I gave my DD some extra love and cuddles and rocked with her more while she was sick, it is now a huge ordeal to get her to go to bed. It's like trying to get her to move from sleeping next to us in the bassinet to her crib in her own room all over again. She'll be tired and we'll give her a bottle and put her down and she screams and cries because she expects me to rock her to sleep every night now. I'm trying to be strong and let her cry it out but it kills me to hear her cry how she does sometimes.

April - posted on 06/04/2011

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My son sleeps from 5:30pm to about 6:30am. The rest of the time he's awake except his 30min nap every noon. He is a lot easier to put on a schedule than his big sister was though.

Nicky - posted on 05/23/2011

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My daughter goes to sleep around 11pm and wakes up between 8 and 10 am. She takes a few naps through the day, usually around 40 mins each. She is extremely active and gets grumpy cause she runs out of gas but doesn't want to stop.

She has slept through the night since she was 2 months old.

Alicia - posted on 05/22/2011

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My daughter is almost 9 months and her normal schedule at night is dinner at 6 or 6:30pm, then a bath around 7pm, then during the week most nights we take a walk around the block then at around 8 or 8:30pm she has a bottle and goes to bed. Normally she would wake up once anywhere between 12 and 4am for a diaper change and bottle and go right back to sleep until 9 or 10am. Right now she's a little out of whack just because she got thrush and we have to wake her at midnight and 6am for meds but she just goes right back to sleep.

Belinda - posted on 05/21/2011

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My mother told me about a sleeping bag that is garanteed to let you baby sleep through the night. apparently it helps them self sooth. They cost about R300. But if your baby does not sleep through in it they will give you your money back. if you want the info on it my email is belindabickell@gmail.com and i will forward it to you.

Shirley - posted on 05/19/2011

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I put my daughter to bed by 9pm an 9:30 being the latedt. Sometimes she will wake up around 1am and I would put the pacifier inher mouth and ahe would wake up by 6am. She would then nap around 8am, after lunch and sometimes for 30 min before dinner time.

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Between 8-10 months there is a major sleep regression or "wakeful phase."

I think a later bedtime does help when they're more wakeful. They're just less restless if you limit the time they're in bed. When they come out of the regression, they naturally start sleeping 11-12 hours again, so you can put their bedtime back to 7pm.

Sarah - posted on 05/19/2011

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You ladies should ALL consider yourselves lucky!?! My daughter will be 9 months next week and has only slept through the night about 5-6 times...I breastfeed and it's been hard to keep her asleep once she is. Around Chritmas she started waking up right after he fell asleep and would go back to sleep with more nursing and if we were lucky she'd stay asleep for an hour then back up and she won't go to sleep without nursing. Now she'll sleep for about 20 minutes then she's right back up! We've tried everything!?! Kept her up a little later at night with the thought that if she's more tired she'll sleep harder, well if she's over tired it takes FOEVER to get her to sleep...so we've tried going to bed earlier, like 7-7:30, she'd go to sleep then wake up and not go back to sleep until after midnight...it's been a struggle, I'll tell you that much! Her naps during the day are pretty much all the same, she wakes up at 8, eats from me then has breakfast at about 9. Takes a nap at 10, eats lunch at 12-1 then takes an afternoon nap lasting about 30-40 minutes then she's up until bedtime, which for the past 3 weeks has been Hell. My son was never like this, he slept from 8-6 everynight from the time he was 3 months and he was breastfed too but only until he was 6-7 months. I also co-slept with him for the first 3-4 months then he slept in his crib, which my daughter has refused to since day one! I understand that all kids are different but it's really frustrating! I don't know what to do anymore!?!

Ally - posted on 05/18/2011

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we put him to bed about 10 but then he doesnt wake up till at least 9am.. we do a strict schedule of 2 hours sometimes 3 hours awake then he sleeps however long hhe wants then do it all over till 10pm.

Christine - posted on 05/18/2011

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If they don't need to get up for day care don't worry about how late they go to bed. People think its insane but my 2yr old goes to bed after 10 pm due to my work schedule and my 9 month old goes to bed between 9:30 and 10. They sleep till 830 or 9:30 depending on the day and they are happy. my mom watches them so I don't have to worry. I put my kids on my schedule. I believe its like a total of 13 hours including naps a day. My girls take 1 nap so it works out fine

Britany - posted on 05/18/2011

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The key is every baby is different. Some babies sleep for 12 hours, others 10 or 11 (at nighttime). There is no right or wrong number or bedtime as long as your baby appears well rested and is happy. The babies that sleep more at night generally take less time napping and the babies that sleep less at night generally nap more in the day. Your baby's body will regulate itself and will sleep as much as it needs. it is important not to compare your baby with others because they are all different and have different needs.

Nikki - posted on 05/17/2011

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You shouldn't worry too much. Your baby will sleep and is getting enough sleep. Does he nap? Consider that as sleeping too. There are many babies that don't sleek through the night so for your baby to sleep from 9-7... That's 10 hrs and it's uninterrupted sleep. Think about if u put him down at 730 and if he wakes up at midnight he's only receiving 4.5 hr at a time and it's better if he can sleep through he night with uninterrupted sleep.

Kunang - posted on 05/17/2011

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My 8 month old gets to sleep at around 7-7:30, on a good night she wakes once at around 3 for a feed and goes back to bed quickly and wakes between 7-7:30. On a bad night I can struggle to put her down for around 2 hours, then she wakes sometimes every hour and is ready to get up at 5:30. Those nights are the worst. I've read that babies this age should be getting around 14 hours of sleep a day. But I think if your baby doesn't seem grumpy and seems quite content, then I think its enough sleep.

Belinda - posted on 05/13/2011

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Hi there
You are so lucky that your baby sleeps so late in the mornning. My boys sleep till 5 if I am lucky often they wake up at 4 and are ready to get up. And that is after waking a good few times at night as well. and they are going to bed at about 8. they are to tired by then to keep them up much later. i am sure your baby is getting enough sleep because they are sleeping later and not sleeping for much less hours and I am sure they will make up what they loose at night during the day. A baby will sleep if they need it. Just like they will demand food if they need it. It is only when we get older that we learn to ignore what our bodies need.

Laurie - posted on 05/13/2011

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my 8 month old was going to bed at 7 and getting up at 7, starting when she was about 5months old, and sleeping all night...but for the past few months she wont go down til about 930, sometimes wakes up...its random. the last week has been back to normal though (crossing my fingers) sleeping from about 7-7 all night. she was getting teeth, and having tummy issues. ibuprophen works like a charm for 8hrs if you think his teeth are hurting. good luck

Melissa - posted on 05/11/2011

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at 8 months old i read online that in a 24 hour period babies should be sleeping between 12-14 hours a day. Think about what is best for your schedule and adjust too. If you are going to have to leave for work at 7 am you are going to want to work it so your baby will wake up at 6 or 6:30 am and you will want to adjust the bedtime accordingly too. You will have to adjust your baby slowly to work your baby to adjust to that schdule. However, it is normal for your baby to possibly wake 1-2 times a night at that age, depending on your baby. However if you put your baby to bed at 9 and your baby sleeps through the night better, then that may work better for your baby too. I know my daughter goes to bed better if she falls asleep between 7:30 and 8, she will wake sometimes 1 time a night for a bottle and then wake between 5 and 7 depending if she wakes for a bottle or not is when she wakes in the morning. My son however whose now 5 would go to sleep at 8:30 or 9 and would sleep till 7 or 8 without waking at all from 3 months old.

Melanie - posted on 05/10/2011

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Hi, my daughter is 9 months old. I put her to bed at 8pm or 8.30pm and she wakes around 3 or 4am for a bottle, then goes straight back to sleep till about 8am.

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