Andi - posted on 03/20/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )
He is 5 months old and breastfeeding. This is my first child and unfortunately I didn't go a good job letting him "self soothe" because I would go to him for every little noise think that the sooner I helped him fall back to sleep, the less likely he would fully wake. Boy was I wrong! I didn't realize he needed to learn to self soothe and I thought I was being helpful by soothing him before he started really crying. Also, he would wake up every two hours to eat! We started him on rice cereal and he recently started sleeping for 7 hours (8-4), waking to eat then sleeping till 6, waking to eat again, then sleeping till 8 when we all get up. This usually means going to bed at 8 and waking up at 8 which I think works well for us but I'm not sure what schedule to put him on during the day.
I have heard to try a 10 & 2 nap schedule because some people say babies this age need to sleep every two hours. But does that mean he sleeps from 10-12 then is awake till 2 and sleeps from 2-4? If that is the case then wouldn't he need another nap two hours later at 6? I don't see how that would work if he is going to bed at 6. Besides, I don't think he would nap for two hours (he usually only naps for an hour).
Basicaly, I need some suggestions for a 5 month old schedule I can try. Should we try going to bed earlier? How long should his naps be and how should I go about doing them. I want to make our bedtime routine bath, eat, book because I've heard it's supposed to work really well and it will help get him used to falling asleep on his own. Right now we do rice cereal, bath, breastfeed. This works well but it makes it to where he has to breastfeed to sleep and I would like to change that.
Thanks for the help! (sorry this was so long)