Tiffany - posted on 07/09/2010 ( 39 moms have responded )
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?