Baby's routine

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What is your typical day like? I am one of the lucky whose baby is sleeping 13 hours STRAIGHT through the night!! Her bedtime is very consistent. We start her routine at 6pm if she is to have a bath; at 6:30 if no bath. She is in her crib (in her own room since about 2 months) asleep by 7pm EVERY night and doesn't wake until 8:00am!! I have my evenings back! She'll coo in her crib until about 8:15am or so when I go in there. I usually start her day off with her first feed at 8:30am and go on a 3.5-hr feed schedule. I feed her 5 oz. at each feed, and some in between snack feeds (rarely though). I exclusively breastfeed, but I usually pump and give her a bottle with little bit of rice cereal (2 tsp/4 oz., pediatrician recommended) because she has reflux, it helps! She weighs about 14.5 lbs. Here's my issue....her afternoon naps last maybe 35 minutes tops! 3-4 x a day. I can't get her to sleep longer. I feel like I've tried everything! Don't get me wrong...I'm so happy that she sleeps through the night, but I also think it's important and healthy to get afternoon naps as well and I just don't think short little cat naps are considered restorative rest. Anyway, think I should be feeding her more, or more often than 3.5 hrs.? She doesn't cry out of hunger so I never think she's hungry. My husband thinks we should feed her 4.5 oz. every 2.5 hrs. 5x/day, with the first and last feeding being about 6-6.5oz. (total of 5 feedings from 8am to 7pm at about 26.5 oz). As opposed to 4 feedings at 5 oz. every 3.5 hrs. I may try this new routine tomorrow. Suggestions? Advice? What is your typical day like as far as your feed/play/sleep routine?

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Leslie - posted on 07/24/2010

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Frances, The first step is getting your baby on a routine where during the day you feed her, then play with her, then put her down for a nap. At night time you feed her and put her to bed with out any playtime. The order of this helps them to learn to fall asleep on their own with out having to be BF/bottle fed to sleep. The second step I would suggest is doing a late night feed before you go to bed. So if you feed your baby at 8 or so and then put them to bed. Get them up very gently between 10-11 what ever time is good for you and feed them again. They probably won't eat much, but it will fill their stomach enough that you might be able to make it longer stretches. Sleep is something babies have to learn to do. Often they get in the habit of waking up and eating in the middle of the night, but they don't really "need" it. If your baby really does need that I might talk to your doctor. My pediatrician told us that at 4 months most babies are sleeping 8-10 hrs. at night and it's really not an issue of eating it is about learning to fall asleep and if they wake up fall back to sleep on their own. Oh one more important thing is put your baby to bed drowsy but still awake. This way they have a chance to learn they can fall asleep with out you. Hope this helps. You need sleep for sure!

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Amanda - posted on 07/31/2010

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my 4.5month old son goes to bed at 10.30 and wakes up at 8.30am! its great to sleep right through but because of that i too find it hard to get him down for a decent sleep during the day,he will either have one or two big sleeps or three or four small sleeps it all depends what he has been doing to how much he tires himself out i guess...he feeds mainly breast roughly every two to three hours..

Sarah - posted on 07/28/2010

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Im very adament on routine. My son has it and so does my daughter.
At the moment my daughter routine is 6.45am bottle (which we wake her for) then she sleeps through until 10am and she has a bottle at 10.30, she never sleeps between her 10.30am bottle and 2.15pm bottle (unless were out in the car but once shes took out shes awake) Then she normally has a nap about 5pm and i wake her again at 6pm for a bottle. She goes to sleep about 8.30pm and i wake her again at 9.45pm for another bottle, put her straight down into bed and then i dont hear from her until her morning bottle at 6.45am again.
But i want her to go to bed earlier, so i wont have to wake her in the morning. Im thinking of giving her a bottle every 3.5 hours instead of every 3.45-4 hours. My 2 year old son goes to bed at 8pm on the dot and he doesnt get up until 6.30 and i know sooner or later he's going to wonder why his little sister is going to bed later than him...
I was thinking of maybe keeping her routine how it is but instead of a bottle at 9.45, give her a bottle at 9pm and then straight to bed and see how that goes for a few weeks and then try moving it around again so she goes to bed a little earlier.
I think once she's started on solids then it will be easier to get her into an earlier routine because i wont have to fit 5 bottles into a short space of time.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated :o)
And in my opinion i think if your wanting to change the routine around, do it bit by bit, not too many changes all at once and stick to that for a few weeks and then introduce something else. I learnt that the hard way. When my daughter came home from hospital i introduced her to a dummy and a different type of teat to what she had in the hospital and obviously the surroundings were different. And she was up all night !! It was the worst night ever but she soon got used to it after a few days. I think if i introduced 1 thing at a time, she wouldnt have been too unsettled

Danielle - posted on 07/27/2010

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Masons bedtime is between 7:30-8:30, he wakes up at 7:00 am on the dot no matter what. He just now started sleeping straight through the night. I do feed him before I myself go to bed around 11:00 pm, but he doesn't really wake up. He takes a nap 9:00 am- 11:00 am and an afternoon nap from 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm. He will occasionally take a 30 or 40 minute nap around 5:30. LOL. I guess he likes to sleep. He sometimes varies during the day, but he is pretty good about sleeping for naptime. I just lay him down at those times and he falls asleep on his own. Somtimes he whines a little, but he loves music, so I play some in his playpen and he is content. He still doesn't sleep in his crib, but in cosleeper. He will go to his crib after his 4 mth shots. :( The only routine I am strict about is naptimes, because if doesn't nap, he is a little demon. LOL.

Frances - posted on 07/26/2010

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Thanks Leslie. My daughter Lindy has no issue with falling asleep, it just she woke up very often at night. OK, I tried what you suggested.

The first night, she made some noise at 12am, we ignored her, she didn't cry, fell asleep again. Then woke up 2am, made noise, sucked her finger, we ignored; then she cried, we fed her some warm water instead, it was hard, but she accepted, I fed her at 3:30am, she slept until 8:30am.

The second night, she slept through from 9pm to 5am, I fed her, she is now still sleeping 10:10am. It was amazing. Only one night, she is all trained to sleep longer, I mean a lot longer. Cheers mate.

Melinda - posted on 07/25/2010

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It's better to give them more formula less often. My daughter's pediatrician encourages this anyway. I wouldn't decrease her formula and feed her more times. The bigger your baby gets the bigger their stomach and the more formula at each feeding and the less often the feedings.

Frances - posted on 07/24/2010

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How did you train your baby to sleep 12-13 hours straight? Please advice, thank you.

Frances - posted on 07/24/2010

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That's amazing to see so many babies can sleep through the night, and a little bit unbelievable. My baby is 4months + 1 week now, sleep only 3-4 hours each time at night, then gets a feed, go back to sleep. So I wake up 3 - 4 times every night, very tiering.

Can anyone advice what do you do when your baby actually wake up during the night? After 3 hours sleep, she wakes up and cries, is she really hungry?

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My son usually goes to sleep anywhere between 9 and 11pm. Sometimes he sleeps until 1am, sometimes until 6. There's really no pattern... it stinks!

Ashley - posted on 07/23/2010

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My daughter's naps during the day vary from week to week. This week she is doing short little cat naps, 20-30 mins at a time. The weird thing is that how long she sleeps during naps has never seemed to affect how long she sleeps at night. She wakes up in the middle of the night like clockwork, no matter what kind of nap she has had. I have given up trying to regulate it. Maybe your baby knows how much sleep she needs. :)

Allyson - posted on 07/23/2010

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My little guy sleeps from 8 pm - about 6:30am. He has been doing that since he turned 3 months. Last night he woke cause he was cold... those babies that won't sleep through night try to pin point the reason they are waking...temperature, sleep activity(rolling, scooping..etc), noise level, lost pacifier. You might gain some extra hours by making an easy adjustment...like dress them warmer. Look at the things you can control and make adjustments. Things like reflux...I have no advice. My boy in 4 months spit up maybe 7times total.

As for the afternoon napping. I wouldn't stress over it...I would go about any plans for the day you have. They will fall into a pattern all their own. As for the feeding. I would do the feed more often less food approach. My boy still slightly clusters his feedings in afternoon. Especially in the heat of summer. He just gets thirsty. Sometimes he wants to pacify on me to relax. I have no clue how much he actually eats cause he is on the breast. I would guess he does about 5 oz at first feeding, 3-4 for the 3 mid- day feeding, & 4-5 oz combined for last 2 feedings. Typical feeding 6:30, 10:30, 1:00, 3:30, 6:00/6:30, & 8:00. Naps - 9:00-10:30, 1:30-2:15, & 4:30-5:00. If I am lucky his middle nap is 1hour. Sometimes...when he has growth spurt he will sleep for 2-3 hours in am. I think those power Naps are a good thing. Sometimes my boy will fall asleep on the breast and I will let him just sleep...only 15min, don't want tooth decay if he has any milk in mouth. Afterwards he'll be great for about 1.5hrs.

As for play...I try to let him play independently throughout the day. When he gets fussy we do exercises, I do a silly dance we hug and look at ourselves in mirror, take a walk outside or anything that calms him. Hope this helps ease your concerns...side note I wish I could sleep in til 8am.

Leslie - posted on 07/23/2010

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I have read that babies need 14-15 hrs. a sleep in a 24 hr. period so if your baby is sleeping 13 hrs at night 30 min. naps are probably all you are going to get. If you want a break during the day you might try moving bed time back an hour so the baby is only sleeping 12 hrs. My little is eating every 4 hrs. now. I was on 3.5 but I was waking him up from his naps so we stretched it out a little more. Starting at 8 am he eats every 4 hrs. putting his last feed at 8 pm then he is in bed at 8:30. He is taking a nap from 10:30-12 and another from 2-4. Also for naps I read and noticed that b/c of the sleep cycles all people go through often about 30-45 min into a nap my son will wake up. I do not get him out of bed though and he will fall back to sleep shortly. At first he would cry some but then he learned to go back to sleep. I never let him cry that long but I wouldn't get him up, I would just soothe him while he was in his crib. I don't think 3.5-4 hrs. is too long for them to go in between feeds especially if they seem satisfied. The idea is that they eat more during each feed so they are still getting the same amount. I exclusively breastfeed and rarely give a bottle so I am not exactly sure how many ounces he is eating though. Hope this helps.

Shontelle - posted on 07/22/2010

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My daughter sleeps 11hours at night (goes 2 sleep at 9pm wakes up 8am) and has 1-2hour sleeps during the day i usally play with her 4 a few hours in between sleeps she put herself in this routine at 2weeks old and it works every1 kept telling me 2 change her routine so she sleeps more during the day and it just made her grumpy and decided 2 scream the hole time instead so i wouldnt change the routine she will let u no if it needs 2 change

Elisabeth - posted on 07/18/2010

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I have to say that i think it is OK to brag about the hard work you have done. I, too, started a consistent routine to the point that my in laws make fun of it. BUT they also praise it. My guy sleeps through out the night and has been since around 2.5 months. Around 3 months though he started the cat napping during the day- no more than 40 minutes. I try to work with it and take him with me when i run errands and what not. I have also tried keeping him up longer, well as long as he can go. I expecting the morning nap to disappear and the afternoon nap to lengthen. Which this has been the case several days. I think that the best advice comes from your baby- they seem to let know when change is happening. Part of my routine is that there is no nap after 5pm. We will play, read, take a walk, and/or sing and dance- bath and then bottle and he is down by 8, and up at 7:30am. which happens to be the time that we need him up with our schedules. Best of luck, but most of all just enjoy it all as it comes!!

Kimberly - posted on 07/16/2010

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My doctor told me that sleep patterns change when the baby goes through a growth spurt...My son was sleeping through the night and now he's back up to getting up at least once or twice through the night to eat...

Carmen - posted on 07/16/2010

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WOW. I am so amazed with the fact that your little ones are sleeping so well. Its great. Awsome. My little girl, Aurora, eats every 3.5 hours through out the night and 4 hourly throught out the day. I have a stable routine of last BF at 6:30. in bed by 7pm and then wakes at 6 or 7am. with a feed around 10pm and 2am. She falls asleep wrapped with no dummy or rocking, just byherself. Took a lot of work and tears (from me) to get her to self settle but it is totally worth it. I am strongly following a book by Tizzy Hall called Save Our Sleep and it says that with this routine, she should start sleeping through sooner or later but it isnt happening. Is there anything you anyone can recommend for her to sleep longer through out the night? She has three naps throughtout the day. 2x2hours and 1x40min.

Melodie - posted on 07/15/2010

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My little girl sleeps 11 hrs a night- but same thing, she takes short short naps most the time, SOMETIMES a 2 hour afternoon nap but that is not the norm.

Teresa - posted on 07/15/2010

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i'm still trying to find a routine with my 3 1/2 month old. it's starting to get more predictable now. he'll go to bed between 10-11 pm and sometime sleep through until 8 am (maybe once a week) otherwise he wakes up once around 3 am for a bottle. during the day he naps usually every 2-2.5 hours for about 30 minutes. it's really annoying that he wont sleep longer than that, but then about once a week he'll have a day that he naps for 2hr or more in the afternoon.
i feed him 5-7oz every 4 hours, except for his last bottle of the night, that's usually just a smaller one about 2.5 hrs after his last one.
we haven't started solid foods yet, and we're gonna wait until 5/6 months old for that, so our routine will probably change again.

Lindsay - posted on 07/15/2010

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I was worried about my daughters napping too, she has about 3 - 4 short naps a day, but she sleeps well through the night too, so you dont need to worry, atleast according to our public health nurse and my pediatrician theres nothing wrong with it, every baby has their own schedule that works for them :)

Jessica - posted on 07/14/2010

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Babies at this age will let you know when they are hungry. Also, it is completely normal for babies to not only be hit-and-miss with sleeping through the night, but also for them to take a bunch of short cat-naps and then every few days sleep a lot or at least for longer stints during their day. It is a catch-up day of sorts for them. You can try to get them on a schedule this early, but many babies won't adhere to the schedule you want until around 6 months of age.

Our son starts his bed time routine around 7-8pm, with being put down about 9pm. By 9:30 on the latest, he is asleep.
Sometimes that is it for him until between 6 and 7am, and other times he gets up between 1 and 4am for a quick eat and then will go back down until 7 or 8am. I understand you are tired, but that's why they tell us to sleep when the baby sleeps! and give it time, your body will adjust.

Changing your child's feeding schedule may help, but if your child is not hungry and you are trying to feed them, they just won't eat, and then your attempts at changing the schedule, all for a longer nap, will be out the window. Two weeks ago, our son didn't take longer than 20 minute naps for 3 days straight! On the 4th day, he took a 3.5 hour nap! He will know what he needs!

Naomi - posted on 07/14/2010

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my bub is 4 months yesterday. I try keep that routine of feed, play, sleep.. and Ive found it really works. Problem is have to really watch for tired signs as they can get over tired, and I only keep him up for 1.5hours at a time. say I start my day at 6:30am, Ill feed then keep him up till 8am n then wrap him and dummy and he knows its sleep. then when he wakes close enough till 9:30 and I start the cycle over, if he sleeps a little longer or stays awake alittle longer he'll sometimes stretch out his feeds to 3:30 hourly.. Im just going to let him do that on his own cause I want to make sure he's getting enough to sleep through, his last feed is 9:30-10pm and then he'll generally sleep till 6-6:30. he will wake a bit earlier, but I re wrap and dummy and walk out. Its working!

remember every baby is different. there is another thing called the '45 min intruder' around 2 months and 4 months, and they can be sleeping in the day and on the dot of 45 mins (Ive found) he'll wake and think its time to get up, but he's so much more grumpy if I get him up early, so I re wrap and dummy..

hope this helps... your doing great!! you love and care for your baby, thats the most important thing.. and there's no wrong or right, you know whats best...xx

Melissa - posted on 07/13/2010

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My little ones goes to bed by 10 every night, we start around 8:30 with a cuddle session, talking and hugging, and playing quietly. Its my mommy son time. at around 9:15 he has his bath, then a warm bottle. Usually takes 8 oz at that point. He'll sleep usually all night until about 6 am, but we have some nights where hes awake at 2-3 am to eat again the back to sleep till 8am. Once he wakes up in the morning he'll eat again, then go back to sleep till 10-11am then hes awake and playing until about 3 then he'll nap anywhere from 15 mintues to 3 hours. Then he may take a quick cat nap around 5 while we have dinner! I feel like hes sleeping to much and not eating enough, but hes gaining weight and length with no issues.

Ashley - posted on 07/13/2010

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My daughter was much the same, excellent sleeper in the evening but her daytime naps were quick and often. I read this great book 'From contented baby to confident child' by Gina Ford. She says 3/4 month old babies need 3-3 1/2 hrs sleep a day. She said babies and children are generally more tired from about 12 pm - 2pm and so this should be their longest nap of the day. She also talks alot about sleep cycles. Apparently a baby will come in to light sleep (REM) every 45 mins. She stresses that the room the baby is sleeping in should be near on pitch black as something in a baby's brain is triggered to sleep when in complete darkness. It's interesting that your baby girl is waking up every 45 mins (as she would be coming into REM sleep). Also she says that we mothers should try to avoid letting baby fall asleep in our arms and to put them in their cribs awake so that they learn how to settle themselves back to sleep when they come into light sleep (REM). I followed this advice in her book and it worked wonders with my daughter... hope this helps :)

Becky - posted on 07/12/2010

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My son is 3 mo, 1 wk... we just started him in his crib last week..but he's doing GREAT in it..sleeps about 8-9 hours straight.

Bedtime routine starts around 6:30... I give him a bath around 6:30, then massage him with lotion (he LOVES this), then i nurse him (around 7), and rock him for a few minutes. i put him in his bed tired and drowsy, but awake and turn on his music and white noise. He falls asleep usually within a couple minutes (doesn't cry at all!)
He usually sleeps from around 7:30-4:00 and then i feed him and he sleeps until 7:30.
i feed him when he wakes at 7:30 and then he plays until around 9:30am, then i lay him in his bed and he'll nap typically 45 mins-1 hr...i nurse him again and then he plays..usually goes back down again around 1pm-2pm and then another nap from 5-6. I give him a bottle at the third feeding to keep him taking bottles well.
He's a happy baby and except for my deciding to lay him down for bed at 7:30..he developed the schedule himself. it works great.
He started fussing when i rocked him to sleep so i just started laying him right in his bed..he likes it much more and sleeps a whole lot better and falls asleep quicker!

Mary - posted on 07/12/2010

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Oh and my youngest is breastfed so we feed on demand. He sleeps through the night but he eats when and for however long he wants.

Mary - posted on 07/12/2010

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My hubby and I are much easier going with our routine. The kids know when to expect meals, snacks, nap time and bed but we don't have a ton of planned activities. We have types of activities we do every day like reading, skills development, cooking, etc. But nothing carved in stone. One thing I've found extremely helpful if you tell your child you are going to do something do it. Don't make a promise and don't fulfill it. My 4 year old is doing so much better now that he knows when mommy or daddy say something it means we are going to follow through.

Heather - posted on 07/11/2010

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I think you need to stop stressing, your baby sleeps great through the night and eats well and is gaining weight-we don't need to sleep unless we are tired, well babies are mini versions of us, if she needed to sleep more she would!!
My little one sleep through and has done since she was 2 weeks old but only has short naps. Bear in mind you have you girl in bed VERY early so all her sleeping done at night

Kimberly - posted on 07/11/2010

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My daughter is 4 months old and she also is on a pretty good routine. She gets her bath at 7:30, and her last bottle at 8:30. She is asleep in her crib by 9 pm and sleeps til 5:30 - 6 am. She will eat again and go back to sleep until 8:30-9 am. She usually eats 6 oz at a feeding every 3 hrs, but we have just started her on oatmeal and stage one baby food. She will take 2 naps a day, one at 10:30 and sleep til 12 and then another at 3:30 and sleep til 5:-5:30. She weighs 14 lbs.

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Kathy! I've read Baby Wise...LOVE IT! I truly think it's helped and I do think babies/children on a routine are more content! They know what to expect...they'll be fed, played with, napped, etc. I still refer to it when I feel like I've gotten stuck or in a rut!

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Great comments! Hmmmm...so maybe I should keep her feeds every 3-hr (instead of going back to 2.5-hrs; and 3.5-hrs may have been too long) just increase the amount! DAH why didn't I think of that! We get so used to our routines and forget our little babies are growing at a rapid pace! AND I think I should shorten her awake time...I usually keep her awake no more than 2-hrs. and yesterday I tried keeping her awake only about an hour cuz I was trying to feed her more often. I'm going to try little here and there. I just think gosh ok she just slept 12 hrs and now I'm gonna put her back in her crib to take a nap an hr after she wakes! ha ha. I'm trying to read her cues in the morning and gradually go into MY schedule in the afternoon. Thanks ladies!

Kathy - posted on 07/11/2010

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When I had my first daughter I reay the book titled Baby Wise. It worked wonders for us. It taught us that if you keep a conistant schedaule for your baby they are much more sucure and cry alot less. If you don't feed you baby on time they will figure out that if you don't get to them now you will soon. It also taught us to put her on a schedaule and let let her choose. that helped alot. because she sleeps when i need two free hands and cant stop every ten seconds to tend to baby. for expamle when i'm cooking dinner.
She sleeps in until ten 10 am (her choice)
stays up doing an actvity (ex. lay on floor, play with mom/dad, sit in swing, liisten to music...)
After one hour she takes a nap for another hour. And every hour she is up she is doing a new actvity to keep her brain engaged.
then at the end of the day she has a bath at 730 and get feed and put to bed.

She does not scream at me when she needs fed beause I always feed her and change her diaper when she get up from her diaper.

Cortney - posted on 07/10/2010

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My little guy will sleep for about 7 hours, then he'll usually go back to sleep after his early morning feeding for another 2-3 hours. I BF exclusively ever 2 1/2-3 hours, I have no idea exactly how many ounces he is getting unless he gets a bottle and when I do give him a pumped bottle, I put 3-4 oz in there. He eats, we play for about an hour or so, then he takes a nap and we start the cycle over again. His naps are rarely more than 30 minutes. I've been trying to get him down to bed for the evening a little earlier but he is used to going to sleep between 8:30pm and 9:30pm.. I'm aiming for 7:30 bedtime in small increments, but two nights of the week I have to work late, so he goes to bed a little later.

It sounds like you are doing fine.. I've been told that as long as your baby isn't crying for food, gets at least 24 oz/day and is gaining enough weight, it doesn't matter how you do it. I wouldn't worry too much about the short naps.. some babies are just cat-nappers.

Sarah - posted on 07/10/2010

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It is very common for babies between 3-6months to sleep lightly and wake up often. As well as waking up in the middle of the night thinking it's morning already. It's a faze called the "wake period". My 4 month old is doing it too. He sleeps through the night just fine but very short naps. Sometimes it's our oldest that's to blame. He can be noisy. What I think is happening is our babies around this time are becoming so much more aware of his or her surroundings. They are curious and don't want to miss a thing. If you have a little momma's boy/girl like I do she wants to be with you at all times. This faze should pass soon. When she starts crawling and burning more energy he will get tired more often, Until then I recommend a bath in the afternoon. As long as her skin isn't drying out. Try lotion. It's very relaxing. I would keep the amount of time between feedings the same but add a little more per feeding. The feedings might spread more apart if she is getting enough and is full. You might also want to try adding another cereal feeding somewhere in your schedule but be careful it might make her constipated. Little changes should help but take it slow so she isn't throne for a loop. Good luck I hope her naps improve.

Lauren - posted on 07/10/2010

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My daughter is a little over 4 months and she does the same thing about napping. Some days she will take a 2 hour nap, other days it's just cat naps. I feel like some days I can't get anything done because she never takes a good nap...right when I start doing something, she wakes up! However, she does sleep through the night from about 8:30-8. She still sleeps in our room in a pack n play, but right now, I don't mind since she sleeps all night. I wouldn't mind some tips on getting her to take naps as well!

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My daughter was doing the same thing, Renee. She used to go down around 7/8 pm and almost always like clockwork wake up around 2:30/3am, then again at 6am. Totally wore me out!! I thought if I'd put her to bed later she'd sleep better...NOT! But then I just tried one night to start her bedtime routine at 6pm, last feed at 6:30, in bed no later than 7pm, and she started sleeping straight through til about 7am. She has naturally extended herself from 10 hrs to 13 hrs in the last few weeks. It felt so weird putting her to bed so early, now I can't get past it, she'll start to fuss for that crib. Thank goodness, I actually have my evenings back...at least for right now anyhow! And I make absolutely certain her belly is nice and full. But my daughter hardly ever sleeps more than 45 minutes for a daytime nap! It runs me ragged sometimes during the day. Now that I've gotten over the bedtime/night sleep hurdle, I'm working on trying to establish a daytime nap routine. This is why I wanted to start this conversation to get some suggestions or ideas. I started a new routine today, feeding her more often increasing her total oz. in the day and she had 2 typical 35 minute naps, but then she took a 2-hr nap....HOORAY! I think it may work, she seemed very satisfied today and hardly fussed. I think she's just been hungry, maybe that's why she's not napping!?

By all means, ladies, I am not bragging one bit. I have had many sleepless nights, many sleepless mornings, many exhausting days, cried many tears over my exhaustion just like YOU, and I have worked very hard to maintain a consistent routine for my baby. I have been persistent in working with her to achieve a healthy feed/play/sleep routine and it has been exhausting. BUT I have to actually pat myself on the back, because my hard work has paid off in the "sleeping through the night" department, I am seeing the results. Because of my establishing a routine to the point where I feel like a loonatic, the end result has so far been a very happy, smiley, content baby that hardly ever fusses (at least right now). There will be many challenges we'll have to hurdle and just because I've accomplished one doesn't mean I'm not faced with another. just sayin'. lol :)

Renee - posted on 07/10/2010

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My daughter used to sleep 12-13 hours a night...not any more. She used to go down about 7pm-11pm then up till midnight. She would eat and play for a little bit then go back to sleep till 8am. Now she is going to sleep about 9pm-3am up to eat (about 30-40min), then up again at 6am to eat, back to sleep till 10am. It is getting old real quick. I have to be up at 6:30am on a daily basis for work and don't get done with till 11pm. During the day she will take a 3-4 hour nap around1pm. I also have a 2 year old that gets thrown into the mix that tends to change both of our schedules depending on his mood. :)

Michelle - posted on 07/10/2010

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Ack! stop bragging!!! lol.. we give our son a bath at 9, no later.. feed him his last bottle, then bed by 10. He'll sleep till 3-5am depends. Then up every 3 hours... I hate doing this, but today was just toooooo much. Battling a migraine & fiance's working a double today, and Im running on no sleep. He keeps spitting out his nook.. and screaming... So I finally had enough & let him cry it out. I slept till I knew he was ready to be fed. Now he's watching a baby einstein show & perfectly content.. As am I :)

Kimberly - posted on 07/10/2010

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I'd say you have a good routine going now. I'd be careful at changing too much, as the routine might go out the window completely...

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