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jas - May 2

I don't want to post another schedule question, but my beloved son is driving me nuts. He is almost 6 weeks old. Is now pretty much bottle/formula fed and will sleep 6 hours at night without waking up. The problem? His six hours are creeping earlier and earlier.. He'll go to bed at 9pm, then the next night I can't keep him awake past 8:30, the next day it's earlier and earlier and then he is up all night and will sleep all day. But, he won't sleep in his crib during the day. He will sleep in his swing, or in his play pen, and he'll sleep 4-5 hours at a stretch. I'll wake him up for lunch, to try to get him on a schedule, but he'll eat while sleeping... How do I get him to stay on schedule? Is it possible? My dh is TDY so it's me in a foreign country and I am at my wits end... (No family, friends, etc...) Help!


pbj - May 2

I would say if he is sleeping a 6 hour stretch already at night, he's maybe slightly ahead already. He is on a schedule, just not the schedule you would prefer. Within the next few weeks you will more than likely see a change in his sleeping. Around 8 weeks, give or take a few, he will start sleeping 8-10 hours at a time. It's possible that while he is going to sleep earlier and earlier is preparing him for a bedtime around 7-9 pm. My other suggestion would be, he is establishing his own schedule, be prepared, write down the times he eats, sleeps and how long for about 2-3 days...guaranteed you will see a pattern. At your sons age, he will only be able to stay awake for about a 2 hour stretch then want to take a nap. So, stay ahead of him, by looking for the small signs, rubbing eyes, tugging ears, and you will possibly see dark circles under his eyes. Good luck, it will get easier and it will just happen one day.


krnj - May 2

Well if it makes you feel any better, my ds is 8 weeks and is only sleeping about 2-3 hours a night. I heard it gets better once they get to be 3 months. Have to wait & see. Sorry this isn't much help!!


Sarahsmommy - May 2

I would suggest not letting him sleep more then 2-3 hours at a time during the day and then trying to make him stay up about 2 hours before he goes down for another nap. I think that's what Sarah was doing about that time. You don't want him to sleep too much during the day or he won't need to sleep at night.


Bonnie - May 2

Like the others said, he will probably sort out his own schedule soon. I also agree with waking him up after 2-3 hours of sleep during the day. And I doubt during the day he will go more than 2 hours without taking a nap. 1 1/2 to 2 hours is about normal. I had Mason on a semi-schedule back then. When the sleep times creep earlier and earlier you may have to plan it out slightly to push it back. For example, my son eats every 3 hours. If he gets hungry at 2 1/2 hours before his last mealtime, I make him wait it out the 30 minutes. Usually I play with him or do whatever I can to distract him. My finger or a paci can work wonders as well for holding them off just a tad. :)


jas - May 2

Thank you all very much! With dh gone and no family or friends on the same side of the world, I was stressing a little. Thanks!


Nerdy Girl - May 2

Have you read "Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child" by Dr. Marc Weissbluth? It's a book that everyone recommended to me when I had my first baby, and the techniques in there were dead-on with my daughter. I am trying some of the stuff with my son now, but he is not as "textbook" as my daughter was. He is 5 months old and still not going 100% through the night. However, he is tired for bed around 6pm. If I put him down when he is showing signs of being ready for bed, I will get a nice long stretch of sleep out of him. It's a bummer that he goes to bed so early because sometimes my husband is not even home from work yet. Some nights he will do a full 12 hours of sleep. Most nights it's 10 hours (so he's up around 4am), but then he goes back to sleep again for another couple hours after a feeding. Occa__sionally he will wake once in the middle of the night for a feeding, maybe around 2, and then got back to bed until 6 or 7am. The theory of the book is that the child will actually sleep LONGER if you put them to bed EARLIER. I know it sounds crazy, but if you watch for signs of your child being tired, you can determine their body's biological bedtime and then get them in a good sleep rhythm. If I put my son to bed too late (past his body's natural bedtime), he wakes more often in the night. I believe that the book addresses some of your other issues about long naps and possibly reversing days and nights. I would highly recommend this book.


Shelly - May 3

Also try to give him a bath at a set time in the evening!!!



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