Kendra - posted on 01/17/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )
Every night after putting my 4 month old to bed he wakes up 20-30 minutes after and is then up for 90 minutes to 3 hours. I just read a book that said baby awake cycles are 90 minutes long - so he is either up for one or 2 entire awake cycles...and losing a lot of night sleep as a result. This happens EVERY night...I can't find anything on the internet of people with the same problem. How can I get him to sleep through longer at the beginning of the night???
Thanks to everyone so far for the suggestions. Last night he did it again...in bed at 7...slept 20 minutes and was up for 90 minutes. Things were fine after that. I struggle in knowing if he still just needs a later bedtime - or if this would still happen, but just later. If I keep him up longer before bedtime might he just get overtired and have a worse sleep than he is getting now?? He naps wonderfully during the day - goes down every 90 minutes and the naps vary in length from 45 minutes to 90 minutes or so...the evening nap is occuring usually before 5 but only last about 30 minutes. Is this too much sleep? Not enough? So hard to know anymore.