Your baby's schedule?

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I'm trying to figure out when my 6-week old son "should" be napping / awake. I'm hoping that if I get some idea of what other babies do, it will help me read his cues better.

If you have a baby around the same age, how long is your baby awake between naps? What does his/her day look like?


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My little girl is 6 weeks. She still sleeps alot. She's not really on a schedule yet. She usually wakes up between 6-7a. She eats every 3-4 hours during the day. She is awake and alert after a feeding for about an hour or so then she naps for a couple of hours and does it all over again. At 5 weeks she started sleeping 5-6 hours at night (yay!). I've had to wake her up some times to eat because I'm so full in the morning. She only cries when she's hungry or tired so it's pretty easy to tell what she needs.

Brenda - posted on 06/24/2009




I don't eforce any schedule other than the one he makes. And this boy makes a schedule and gets angry if it isn't kept! LOL.

Typically, we wake up about 10-11, feed, stay awake for a while, feed, then he naps between 12 -1 for a little while, feeds again when he wakes up, and then it varies. He mostly hits "fussy time" around 3-5 and may be awake 2-4 hours with maybe a catnap here and there. The only really "regular" time we have is he likes to be headed to the bed at around 9 or 10 and gets really fussy if we stay in the living room after that. Sometimes we bathe, sometimes not.

Remember at 6 weeks they still may not have nuch of a schedule, and may catnap like my six weeker does. And right now is a big growth time and that upsets routines too, and at night he sleeps through with 2-3 feeds. We cosleep so we don't have to get up or anything.

Shannon - posted on 06/23/2009




My lil Tilly is 5 and a half weeks, she wakes up between 7.30 and 8 am, She has a nappy change and feed then goes back to sleep until about 11 am she wakes, has a feed, bath and then goes in her swing for a play. I pull stupid faces at her, show her toys and entertain her for a bit then she usually falls asleep in her swing (cradle motion, she doesn't like the swing motion!) She usually goes about 2 hours between feeds during the day, so will wake for another feed and bum change about 1pm, then usually goes straight back off to sleep. Missy wakes again for more food and nappy change at around 3ish and generally stays awake until her 5ish feed, feeds then nods off once again. She will feed again at about 7 and will be bright eyed and bushy tailed until her next feed at about 9pm (sometimes having a little 5 min nap on and off). That is when hubby and I head to bed. We pop miss Tilly in her hammock and she lays there jiggling about for about 10 mins then falls asleep. She wakes at 12ish for a feed and nappy change then sleeps until morning - usually between 7 and 8 hours. In the day she sleeps in her snuggle bed in the loungeroom except for the time she plays in her swing as she falls asleep in there, at night she sleeps in her amby hammock... I am convinced that is why she sleeps for so long at night, and why she feeds so often in the day :)

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Ryan is 6 weeks, he eats about every three hours. He usually stays awake for about an hour and sleeps for 1 1/2 to 2 hours during the day. He goes 4 hours between feedings at night.

Julie - posted on 06/22/2009




I'm using a modification of BabyWise (Ezzo) approach to scheduling. I know that there are some Moms, Lactation Consultants, Peds Nurses, etc that really object to this approach, but I've found it rather nice. Owen (5 weeks) eats about every three hours during the day (breastfed), generally stays awake for 1-1.5 hours after feeding then naps for about an hour. If we keep this schedule up during the day, he sleeps for 4-5 hours at night. According to the book, he should stay on this schedule until 8 weeks when we can start extending the time between feeding during the day.

Rebekah - posted on 06/21/2009




Quoting Dara:

 Seems like, from what I've read, that 2 hours awake is about the max that a 6-8 weeks old can handle, and then they need to sleep again. But I've also read that babies don't really notice schedules until about 3 months.


I agree.  From what I've learned, babies that are awake longer than 2 hours at a time (at this age) are much fussier.  I'm not sure at 6 weeks that a schedule is really necessary, but I would encourage you to get your baby back to sleep within 2 hours of waking.  I did not do that with my son and we were both exhausted all the time.  This time around my daughter seems much happier and actually sleeps longer, because she rarely gets to the over-tired stage.

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Hi there! My son wakes and feeds at 6, goes back to sleep until 7 and is up again from 8-10. Then a nap around 10:15 and sleeps/wakes to feed until about 3. Up from 3-5 and out again at five. Seems like, from what I've read, that 2 hours awake is about the max that a 6-8 weeks old can handle, and then they need to sleep again. But I've also read that babies don't really notice schedules until about 3 months. Hope this helps!

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My Son is 5 weeks toda

He wakes at 5:30-6am. Is then fed changed and dressed. He will then feed at about 10am and go back to sleep. He will wake about 12ish and be awake till his 3pm feed when he will sleep till 7pm ish. He will then be awake be bathed about 8-8:30 have quiet time have a bottle and be in bed by 10pm and will stay asleep till the morning.

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