How do I get my baby to sleep earlier?

Kacey - posted on 12/06/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )




My 6-week old is a pretty good sleeper. From birth, she would fall asleep for the 'night' around 11 pm (where we'd transfer her from the living room to our room for night time), wake for feedings and would go right back to bed no problem. At about 4 weeks, she started fussing around 11 pm and was up sometimes until 6 am. I thought 11 pm bedtime was a bit too late and she was fussing from overtiredness, so we adjusted her schedule to have a routine around 8:30 pm - bath, massage, feeding, sleep. She falls right asleep at that point, but is up anywhere from 1/2 hour to an hour later and then stays up until anywhere from 12:30 am to 3:00 am. Once we get over that hump, she stays asleep anywhere from 4-5 hours, wakes for a feeding, goes right back to bed and is there for another 3 hours or so until she wakes up for the day. We have enforced light/noise in the day, dark/quiet at night. Even when she wakes after the 9 pm (we'll call it a nap) we keep the room dark and try to soothe her back to sleep. Since we've started the earlier bedtime routine, she doesn't fuss like crazy as she did at 4 weeks/11 pm bedtime, but is just awake and hanging out. Are there any other tricks? Do we just need to keep with this consistency for a bit? Any advice is super helpful!


Cecilia - posted on 12/06/2013




I would suggest maybe a white noise machine. I know that quiet is great but with it they can hear every sound and it might wake them.

Another suggestion is to make sure you keep the room cool.

Other than that stick with it you sound like you're getting there. she is only 6 weeks old. It's a bit tough to get them on a perfect schedule (or any schedule sometimes)

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