Sleep Schedule

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Mindee - November 9

I have an 8 week old. How much should she be sleeping? What type of schedule should she be on? I have to go back to work in 3 weeks ans she really has her days and nights mixed up, she wants to sleep all day and play all night. Any suggestions? Also when should I start giving her baby food, she is a br___tfed baby. Thank you!!


Jamie - November 9

A good rhythm is a 3 hour cycle. She eats for an hour, plays for an hour, and sleeps for an hour, during the day. I put mine down for the night between 8:30 and 9; she'll sleep til 4 am, nurse, then sleep til 7 a.m. At 7 she wakes up, nurses, plays til 9, then goes back down til 10. She eats, then plays til noon, then is back down til 1. Eats, plays til 3, back down til 4. Eats, plays til 6, back down til 7. Eats, then it's bathtime and bedtime.


Jamie - November 9

She shouldn't really eat for an hour, btw - mine takes about 15 minutes.


Amaya's mommy aka Stephanie - November 9

I would hold off on solids since you are b___stfeeding until at least 4 months but probably 6 months. As for the sleeping schedule, try getting into a routine at night, like a book, bath, feeding, then lay her down. That is what we did and by the time Amaya was about 4 1/2 weeks or so she was sleeping through the night. Try keeping her up more in the day, if she sleeps well in the car, try to limit time spent in the carseat, if she sleeps well when it is quiet, turn the tv or radio on. Try to limit naps to no more than 2 hours at a time. Good luck!


Sonya - November 9

My son is 5 weeks and his daytime schedule is still not set but at night he's doing great. He goes down about 9:00/9:30 and sleeps til about 1:00/2:00, has a bottle and is back down until 5:00/6:00. I think by 8 weeks the baby should be more on a schedule. I have heard the Baby Whisperer book is great for this. I haven't personally read it, but have friends that have and say it had great info in it. Good Luck.


monica - November 10

Try as hard as it may be keeping your baby up during the day. keep her in a bright room during the day and at night if you have to feed her or change her diaper doing in as dark of a room as you possibly can.



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