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10/07/2014 at 21:28
10/07/2014 at 21:33
10/07/2014 at 21:58
At that age I would just be mindful that he probably can't go much longer than 1.5-2 hrs before getting tired. So I would be making sure he has opportunity to sleep at these times however he sleeps best. My second daughter would only sleep on me for the first 5 months but I would still make sure she napped every 2 hours. At that age the length of her naps were all over the place. Sometimes 30mins other times 3 hours. Just go with it he's still so young. And eat nap play is pretty much
10/07/2014 at 21:59
10/07/2014 at 22:22
My little one is 13 weeks. She sleeps at night like a dream, and has done since she was born, but in the day it's completely different. She struggles to nap, and generally only has a proper sleep if she's in the car/pram. She tends to have nappy change, bottle, playtime and then when she gets grizzly I pop on some white noise and her dummy in but usually only get a 15 minute cat nap from it. It's ok if I'm going out later but on days where I'm not planning to really go out she gets really overtired and whingy so I'll be stalking this thread for ideas!
10/07/2014 at 23:35
I tried to be baby led & didn't get my daughter into a routine until she was 6 months & that was only a particular bed time. Before then she drank & slept whenever she needed to. Don't worry if your day isn't structured
11/07/2014 at 09:46
I never did a routine with S and I found that the best thing you can do to help daytime sleep is to watch for sleepy cues and act fast! Even if you think they can't possibly be tired again, that's not always the case. Eye rubbing, yawning, spacing out are all signs that they need a nap and the less overtired they get, the easier they go down and stay down for longer.
At that age, I would look to put down at 1.5 hours after waking if you can. Also, a little series of cues to let them know nap time is coming is useful - we do "bye bye sunshine" and close the curtains, into sleeping bag and a little story, then dummy and into cot (or wherever you lay them to sleep). I leave S's room now but at 9 weeks hopefully LO is napping in the same room as you and they usually find it easier to settle if you stay with them, hand on the chest, ssshhhing or whatever (we used white noise like Flossy for aaaaaaaages!). The ease at which S went down for a nap changed massively when we introduced these nap time cues.
Until 6 months, we would really only ever get 3 x 45 minutes out of him however hard we tried but it seemed to be enough. At six months, he changed - dropped a nap and started having two longer naps and he's like clockwork so it does happen, even if you don't instill it for them.
11/07/2014 at 13:56
14/07/2014 at 22:43
Can't help with the bottle as we bf, but we followed the baby whisperer EASY routine from about 9 weeks - eat, activity, sleep. It worked quite well for us with about 60-90 minutes between sleeps. We didn't have set times for anything until about 16 weeks when we started bathing every night at about 7 before bed.
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