How are your babies nap/sleep schedules?

Jennifer - posted on 02/06/2009 ( 31 moms have responded )

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My little boy slept better when he was first brought home I swear! He takes only a few short naps a day, occassionally only one long one, up to 3 hrs, but thats on a good day! At night he will go to bed around 7, be up at 11, 1 and then 4, which he tends to want to just stay up. How much should they be sleeping right now? And what do I do!?! Thanks for any advice.

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Bobbi - posted on 10/07/2011

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When we lived in colorado I could put her to bed at 830 and she would sleep until 8 the next day, with a nap at 1030ish and another at 130. Since moving to SD she wakes early, been down to 1 nap since starting day care and she fights going to bed at night now!

Michelle - posted on 10/07/2011

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my sons the same way, he only eats 4 oz per feed sometimes less, and he usually wants to eat every 2 hours how far apart are your feeds?

Richelle - posted on 03/02/2009

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Hey Kim! Can I ask if you stay home or if you work? Maybe she's making up for lost time wanting to be near you? I think on the days that I try to get more done with lo he seems to want to nurse more at night. May just be my imagination. Isn't it a bummer hearing all these ladies with babies that sleep 8 hrs or more and some since they were very little? My guy has just decided that his perfect little schedule (that he created mind you) is not what he wants. His naps are all over the place lately which inturn changes his bedtime. We forget that they are little people and have a mind of their own. Maybe this is just a phase ( a really long one lol.) your lo is going through.

Kim - posted on 02/28/2009

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Quoting Richelle:

Kim how are things going? Have you read the Dr. Sears books? I think that family of doctors is very smart. Have you tried swaddling? I still do it and my LO is 4 months today. How often is she eating during the day? Is it that she wants to eat when she gets up or just wants to be up? I know it's frustrating hang in there.



hi richelle, i havent read dr sears books but i have looked online at his and many other experts...we used to swaddle but she hates her arms and legs being restriced, she has about 6-8 feeds altogether, and naps 2-3 times...she is waking to feed and does genuinly seem hungry although it could be from habit as well!!  still having trouble with her staying up for a couple of hours, last night she woke around 1.30am and didnt go back to sleep till after 3.30...she is wide awake, not really crying unless i leave her in bed then she starts to cry a little to get out of bed, i have tried putting her into bed with me but it doesnt help her go back to sleep at all...nothing seems to work...she isnt cranky just wide awake like she's had enough sleep and wants to be up, i have no idea how to break this habit!!!  she has only ever slept through the night a couple of times and we have tried to duplicate the routine on those days but it doesnt make any difference...sos...lol

Danielle - posted on 02/26/2009

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my daughter just turned 4 months old on the 20th and she sleeps from 8pm-8am and takes a couple 20min. naps durring the day. once in awhile she will take a one hour nap but not usually.

Lacey - posted on 02/26/2009

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I would recommend letting him sleep in his crib and if your room is close enough, don't use the monitor. And don't get up to get him unless he is screaming. He needs to learn to just put himself back to sleep. My daughter has been sleeping through the night since she was 7 weeks and we put her in her crib to sleep at night when she was 3 months. Since then, she has slept much more soundly. We don't get up to get her when she is just whining, which she doesn't do anymore, but she used to. We would just let her whine and eventually she would put herself back to sleep. We only had to do that a couple times and she was fine after that. Hope this helps. Good luck.

Richelle - posted on 02/24/2009

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Kim how are things going? Have you read the Dr. Sears books? I think that family of doctors is very smart. Have you tried swaddling? I still do it and my LO is 4 months today. How often is she eating during the day? Is it that she wants to eat when she gets up or just wants to be up? I know it's frustrating hang in there.

Kim - posted on 02/20/2009

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thanks richelle for the advice...but this is why i'm really having trouble with this...i'm doing all the right things with her, feeding in the dark, no diaper change either...a lot of the time she will fall asleep when i do feed her and i get her into bed then within a few minutes is when she will wake up, or else she is just awake straight after her feed and not going back to sleep...i've been looking it up on the internet etc and almost everything i read i have tried or am already doing...she doesnt nap a lot during the day, we give her a bath and bottle before bed etc...some nights she's fine and goes back to sleep without any problems...but it seems to be getting more regular her wanting to stay up!!!

Betsy - posted on 02/20/2009

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My son sleeps from 8 pm until 7 am. If he wakes in the night I let him fuss/cry for at least 20 min. Usually he will only fuss/cry for about 5-10 and then falls back to sleep. Most nights he doesn't wake at all.



For naps he needs one every 1-1.5 hours. It is best if he sleeps at least 1 hour at a time. If he wakes up crying after 20-30 min. I don't pick him up or talk to him, I just quietly pat his butt until he settles down again. (He won't sleep on his back during the day.)



Some people don't like the idea of "crying it out." It works for us, but do what works for you.

Richelle - posted on 02/20/2009

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Update: my baby is now pretty much going to sleep around 7 or 7:30 and I dreamfeed (thank u Dr. Sears) around 10:30/11 and he'll sleep until around 3/3:30. If dreamfeed is successful he's technically getting a straight 8hrs uninterrupted. Then he wakes up around 5/6 and then up for the day around 7/7:30. I don't quite understand why he is getting up two hrs after the 3am feed. Then he pretty much takes a nap around 9:30 and again around 2/3. Kim---I've heard that when babies are getting up at night wanting to play u should make sure you feed them in dark or low light and this goes for the diapering too. So they know it's dark, it's sleep time. Even when you are getting them ready for bed. Like part of your routine. I do this, but my baby doesn't really want to be up during the night. Sometimes around 5/6am, though. And to keep it simple. No talking really or very quietly and right back to bed. And I feel for you cuz it's hard to get them back asleep. Especially when the light is peeking through the blinds.

Kim - posted on 02/10/2009

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i am having the same problem as you, my daughter was great when she came home, she would feed and straight back to sleep at night...had a new nights of sleeping 7 hours straight and now she is waking every 2-3 hours at night to be fed and sometimes wont go back to sleep for up to 2 hours...its very tiring...i read about feeding them more during the day but this hasnt seemed to help, only for the first couple of days and now she is back to waking again...i breastfeed during the night and bottlefeed mostly during the day...does anyone have advice for me too!! i have been reading on the internet to get ideas but not much seems to work :(

Michelle - posted on 02/10/2009

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they should be sleeping about 16 hours a day at this point... lily goes down at 7 pm gets up at 5 am to nurse then back to bed till 7 am... she takes a 45 minute nap around 10 then naps from 12-3

Michelle - posted on 02/10/2009

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Quoting Jennifer:

How are your babies nap/sleep schedules?

My little boy slept better when he was first brought home I swear! He takes only a few short naps a day, occassionally only one long one, up to 3 hrs, but thats on a good day! At night he will go to bed around 7, be up at 11, 1 and then 4, which he tends to want to just stay up. How much should they be sleeping right now? And what do I do!?! Thanks for any advice.


Hey my little girl is 3 and a half months old. Her routine is gets up around 6.30am is awake til 8 and sleeps for an hour and then she goes back down around 10 and has another hour. Then she is awake til around 1 and then sleeps for 2 hours and if im lucky she sleep again at around 4 for about 40 minutes. she goes to bed around 8 and then i wake her around 10.30pm and she sleeps through til 5.30am. i find that she sleeps better through the night if she has good naps during the day because she isn't over tired. do you turn on the light when you feed him during the night? that could wake him up too much...oh and try feeding him as soon as he stirs rather than when he starts crying, i found that if she didn't have a chance to fully wake up she would go straight back down :) i hope thats a bit helpful











 

Dawn - posted on 02/10/2009

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Oh, but a quick tip, stimulisation (not play) tires them out quicker, so if you are trying to introduce more day time naps, a bit of  "color play" or those baby love jungle gyms for half an hour should help.



Good luck!

Dawn - posted on 02/10/2009

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Hi there



My little one was born on the 9th, and we are busy trying to establish a routine, but as I'm sure you know, babies are not always co-operative!



He generally wakes between 6 and 6:30 in the mornings and will have his first nap nearly to the minute 2hrs later and will only have his first feed of the day when he wakes up (he drinks 8oz expressed breast milk) about half hour to 45min later. Has another nap for the same length of time about 2-2.5hrs later and an hour to hour and a half  nap in 2hrs again.



He's only cast in stone routine is bath time at 5:30, and he will start on his 6th feed for the day before he falls asleep between 6 and 6:30. Then when I'm ready for bed, I just feed him whatever is left of his 6th feed, he doesn't even wake up, and he'll sleep through to about 3 or 4 for another feed and wake up at 6ish. If I fail to get him to drink before I go to bed (I won't wake him to feed and he just doesn't respond somethimes) He'll wake up at 10ish and sometimes again at 2!



 



 



 



 



 

Donna - posted on 02/10/2009

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Hey Jennifer, my son was doing much the same until I was recommended to read this book called Baby Wise. A friend of my husbands recommended it to us, to get our son into a schedule. It's a 2.5-3.5 hour schedule depending on your baby. So they recommend you feed for half hour, then have wake time straight after for 1 hour, then sleep for one hour (that is what I do 2.5 hour cycle) if your baby can stay up for 1.5 hours then let him. After a week of implementing this routine, my baby slept from 10:30pm - 5:45am and then next night he slept from 11:00pm - 7:00am. So I highly recommend you get him into a schedule that is the same everyday. The book is great and it helps you become more confident and gives you a chance to know whats happening at what time. It makes you feel in control, which is what i needed and it's great for you baby because they start to know the pattern and become a lot more settled and happier.

Tara - posted on 02/09/2009

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My son Darcy was born the 28 Oct, he normally goes to bed at 7.30/8.00pm, then wakes about 5/5.30. he normally has a few half hour naps in the morning, then will normally sleep from about 2- 5 in the afternoon. i think i've been very lucky

Erica - posted on 02/09/2009

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My daughter Started sleeping throught the night( 8pm-6 or 7 am) at 2 1/2 months! Then she started teething shortly after 3 months and since then she usually take a 2-3 hour nap once during the day and falls asleep sometime between 7 and 8 pm and sleeps until between 4 and 5 am. I get up and change her diaper and feed her and then she messes around a little( about an hour or so) and goes back to sleep for another 2-3 hours. So she still sleeps pretty well and she sort of has a schedule. You just have to let your baby tell you what they're ready for. I have a friend who has an 11 month old who STILL doesn't sleep through the night. I have heard that most babies around this age need 11-14 hours of sleep a day( including naps and all).



 

Alaina - posted on 02/09/2009

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My little girl sleeps from 9pm-7:30am.  She takes a one hour nap in the morning, a two nap in the afternoon and a one hour nap in the evening.  I am very lucky! 

Jackie - posted on 02/09/2009

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My son is the exact same! Although he will fall alseep around 8:15 and is up at 12:45 then 3:45 and will wake up at 10minutes to 6.  It's so random! I can't wait until he sleeps through the night. He also only eats a little at a time.  Mostly 4 maybe 5 ounces. He may eat 6oz once a day if I am lucky, but like yours, he is very healthy and not underweight.  I am so glad I am not the only one going through this with an almost 4 month old! Good Luck!

Rachelle - posted on 02/08/2009

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My son did the same thing, When we brought him home from the hospital he slept great for about 4 days, then he was awake every 2 to 3 hours during the day and maybe every 3 hours during the night. When he got to about 10 weeks old he started only waking once for a feed at 3am. I started giving him a top up bottle after his last feed which was usually round 9pm and after a few days he started sleeping thru the night til 5am at 3 months, now he is nearly 4 months he sleeps from 10pm til 7 or 8 am.

Thats the only thing I can suggest you try, hope it helps you out.

Richelle - posted on 02/08/2009

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My little guy has had his own schedule up until about a month ago. He was born 10/24. He was sleeping for 3-4-5 hrs at a stretch (night) until I stopped swaddling him. I heard you weren't supposed to do that anymore for his age. That messed him all up. And on top of that I was pumping bottles and now am exclusively bfing. So he's kinda messed up in this dept. So I have added the swaddling again and it seems to have helped. I guess if he likes it so what. Since he's nursing I've read it's normal for him to want to eat anywhere from 1.5-3 hrs. Longer at night. Hopefully the longer starts happening soon. Although, I've adjusted to waking pretty much every 3 hrs at night. He gets up around 8:30 for the day, short nap around 11 and 2-3 hr one in mid afternoon. I think he just needs to fall back into a pattern before he sleeps through the night.

Amanda - posted on 02/08/2009

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jennifer- he may be teething, my son has been teething since 1 1/2 months (he has 3 teeth already and pretty much all of them are coming in now) and when his gums are really badly swollen he wakes every 2-3 hours during the night, sometimes tylenol helps, but you may just have to wait it out...

Amanda - posted on 02/08/2009

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Hi Jennifer, My Daughter usually wakes up between 6-8am for her first feed then takes a nap for half an hour or so then will go back to sleep around midday for another half hour. She has a nap of about an hour in the late afternoon and goes to bed between 7.30-8pm after her bath. She sometimes sleeps through the night but occasionally wakes up in the night for a feed. Try using a product with lavender in it for her bath time, it does relax them and i find Ellie tends to sleep through the night when she has had a nice warm bath just before bed.

Hope that helps. Good luck!

Susan - posted on 02/07/2009

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I got lucky!  When It was time for me to go back to work, my sone finally started to sleep through the night.  Feeding at 10 asleep by 10:30, and wake up at 5 for the morning feeding.  It will just depend on your baby when he wants to sleep and for how long.  My sone take cat naps of about 20 min throughout the day.

Kimberly - posted on 02/06/2009

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my little one is a short napper as well, i usually give him his last bottle around 9-930 and he usually sleeps until 7am

Jennifer - posted on 02/06/2009

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My son, Lucas, is in his own bed, he has been for about a month or so.  I think with his (what I think is) teething he is having some trouble falling asleep on his own.  And he is only eating at most 4 oz a feeding, he has never eaten large amounts, but is growing well.  We are getting along ok, I just am a worrier.  We will keep working on it.  Thanks everyone for your input and suggestions.  I just love this site!

User - posted on 02/06/2009

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my daughter goes to bed at 930..she usually takes an 8oz bottle b4 bed..then 730 am she is up..eats 6 oz then back to sleep til 1000 then stays up a little bit eats again...sleeps til the next bottle 3-4 hrs then usually is awake alot in the afternoon so we put her play mat out and tummy time and what not...



did the ped say anything about uping the feedings...my daughter was eating every 1 1/2 hrs at the hosp 2 oz then at 2weeks she was already up to 6oz bottles every 3 hrs now 6-8oz every 3-4 hrs..but not overnight she just sleeps...but she was 9pds 12.3 at birth so i dont know if thats why she was and is eating so much..she has an app..that is crazy



goodluck i wish i had some advice

Zhyomie - posted on 02/06/2009

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Jen i feel your pain. My little boy goes to bed around 10-10:30pm if im lucky he sleeps till 4 am or 5 am but when im not lucky he wakes up at 2:30 and eats then sleeps to wake up again at 5 or 6. During the day i will try to give him a long nap because i have a 2 yr old. All i have to say is i feel you because all i want to do is sleep lol.

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Hi Jennifer,



My son was born on 10/8 and he's sleeping through the night, 9-7:45 without waking up for a feeding. He takes a morning nap at 9:30, which is anywhere from 30mins - 1 hr. He just recently changed his afternoon schedule. The last couple of days he's been going down at 12:30 for about an hour and again at around 3.



Since James is going to be 4 months on Sunday, I'm trying to get him into a more defined schedule. I totally follow his lead, but I am trying to nudge him into the direction I want him to go. I read somewhere that on average 4 month olds need 10 hours at night and 3 naps totaling 5 hours during the day. He hasn't been doing that lately, but he's not tired, so I'm not worried about it.



Try nudging him into the schedule you want. I have a girlfriend that told me that the Ferber method is really working for her. You might want to check that out.

Becky - posted on 02/06/2009

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Hi Jen - I wonder that too! I haven't put my son on a schedule, but he typically wakes up between 6-8 AM, feed him, he piddles around for awhile in the morning, then usually can fall asleep from 30 minutes to 3 hours! Noon feeding, then I try to make him take a nice long nap in the afternoon (if possible), I usually resort to the swing or tummy time. Then 4PM feeding. Then he is usually up until about 6:30-7 when he starts to get cranky and rubbing his eyes, then I feed him again and do the nighttime thing.



Is your boy in his own room or in yours? We just put ours into his own crib in his own room on Sunday night, and Sunday-Wed night he slept from about 8PM-7AM with NO Crying. Unheard of. Last night he fussed a little but the paci put him to sleep.



I would just follow whatever your son wants to do - but it is good to have a routine - that is what everyone keeps telling me. Even if it doesn't stick, just having a routine is good for them (and YOU) and eventually they will succumb to your mommy skills and charm!! Good luck!!

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