What kind of feeding and sleeping schedule does your baby have?

Rhianna - posted on 02/22/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )




My son is 15 weeks old (and weighs almost 14 lbs) and unfortunately has a tough time sleeping and staying asleep, especially for naps. Between 2 months and 3 months I "sleep trained" him to put himself to sleep and not nurse himself to sleep and that has seemed to help. He puts himself to sleep for naps and at bedtime. At night he goes to sleep at 8 and sleeps til 12-3 depending on the night and then usually will sleep til 6:30 am and then stays up. But, he will only nap for 40-50 minutes at a time and he does this 4-5 times a day. However, everything I've read about sleep and what my pediatrician has told me, says he should sleep about 10 hrs at night which he does and 5 hrs during the day, but he only gets about 3.5-4 hrs during the day. Our basic schedule now is wake up, nurse, play, sleep. He stays awake for 1.5 hrs to 2 hrs at a time and has a 45 min nap. Currently he nurses about every 3 hrs. All the sleep plans I've read say he should be awake for 2 hrs and then take and hr and half nap. But, I don't know how to get him to stay asleep longer.


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Natalia - posted on 01/05/2012




The information I have says that a baby should sleep 9.5 hours at night and a total of 5.5 hours a day. Personally I don't think there is a specific amount of time a baby should sleep. My daughter Eliana is 17 weeks, she sleeps an average of 10 hours a night, usually has one good two hour sleep a day and two, if I'm lucky, 45 minute sleeps.
She is happy and healthy, she goes to sleep when she's ready, we don't have a specific time she has to sleep but I put her down to bed two hours after she wakes up so her sleep times tend to change everyday.
With my first daughter Shayla, I tried to start a sleeping routine and she was unsettled and unhappy. Both my girls were fed on demand which suited me fine and kept my supply up.
Eliana is growing and learning and happy. What more could I ask for!

Sophia - posted on 11/07/2011




My 4 1/2 month old struggles with taking longer naps too. She really fights them as well. I used to nurse before her naps everytime. I stopped now i follow the eat play sleep routine as well. But i dont keep her awake longer then an hour..maybe an hour and a half. For her its just too long to stay awake. Maybe you could try playing around with his awake times to see if that helps him sleep a little longer.

Jaime - posted on 06/06/2011




My 3 month old is on a new schedule now, he doesn't sleep as much during the day anymore. He gets up about 7a then takes a nap around 10:30a.....awake most the day he'll take a little catnap around 3ish then he's awake until bedtime at 8-8:30p. The only issue we are having is he is waking at 12:30-1a for a change and bottle.

Angela - posted on 03/16/2011




The other two ladies are right - you can't make a baby sleep more! My youngest is doing the same thing. She takes short naps throughout the day (the longest is about an hour), but she sleeps 10 - 12 hours overnight (7:30 p.m. - 6 a.m. most nights).

Lori - posted on 02/25/2011




Nicole is right, you can't make a baby sleep more. Remember the info out there on how much sleep your baby needs is an average amount. Some babies need more, some need less. My almost 3 year old never napped more than 45 minutes till she was over 1 year old. And still didn't nap longer than an hour until she was ready to only take one nap per day. And usually she naps about 1 1/2 hours though some days she will nap a full 2 hours. My 3 mo old is currently taking 3 naps each day and 2 of those usually last 2 hours. The third nap is usually around 1 hour long. Just goes to show how different each baby is

Nicole - posted on 02/24/2011




You can't make a baby sleep more. My two year did the same thing when she was little. But usually she only took 30 mins naps. Sometimes I would try to rock her back to sleep and sometimes she would just be awake. Time will improve her naps, I promise. Just keep doing what you are doing. Your schedule sounds great! Nap time will improve. My daughter eventually started taking hour long naps, and then 1.5 hour long naps and now takes a 2-3 hour long nap everyday, and sleep for 12 hours a night. So just be patient, it will get better all on its own! By the way, great job on the sleep training. You will be so happy that you did that!!!!

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