Originally Posted by finn'smama
Yes! Very hard to answer. I'm unsure about length of time, but he sleeps best at home, in our bed. If we stay home in the afternoon, he usually gives me at least a 2 hour stretch. If we're out, or he's wrapped, 20 min. to 1/2 hour. He has a catnap in the evening and doesn't generally go to bed for the night until 9:30 or 10pm, wakes once or twice and then up for the day at 9 or 10am. He's a pretty sleepy baby though, and his longest awake/alert time is in the evening.
Just wanted to say Henry is on the same schedule, but I'm out of the bed usually by 8am at the latest. Even if I try and really rouse him, he's back to sleep in half an hour. Just enjoy it since you won't be able to lay in bed till 11am with subsequent babies
ETA Henry also seems to be the only baby I've had who can actually put himself back to sleep after that 45 min cycle. The other day he napped downstairs and I was by myself so it was quiet and after about 45 min. he started to fuss and toss and turn and even cry out a bit. I thought for sure he was just done his nap, but sure enough, he just settled back down and slept for another hour. I don't know if this is because he's my third and I don't/can't always get to him at the first sign of being awake (like my first!) or if he's just a better sleeper.
And the usual disclaimer - I'm NOT letting him cry, he just fusses and adjusts himself, but he definitely makes noise, opens his eyes, etc...
It's so funny how the day after this thread gets posted, I start seeing some consistency overall to S's naps. ha! We'll see if it lasts.
And, no worries, we know you're not letting him CIO. I never really understood what "crying it out" was all about until I had a baby and started hearing, sadly, about FB friends and other people going "Ferber". I am pretty sleep obsessed so I do understand that those with terrible sleeping babies get desperate and try anything. I'm not sure that I believe that it scars the babies or anything. But, jeez, doesn't it scar the parents?! I don't think I could ever do it!
I try not to judge because I'm not there yet (hopefully never will be!) but, yeah, CIO is NOT right for us. It makes me so sad that when our baby was only 3-4 weeks old, someone at DH's work told him we should just be putting her down to cry herself to sleep. She was NOT going to do that and I told him it wasn't an option, but you can see the temptation when you are an exhausted mom to a newborn.
Anyway, just saying that I remember a friend complaining about her friends with kids letting their babies CIO when I was pregnant and I thought, "hey, I might let her fuss to sleep sometimes, what's the big deal?". Did NOT understand the difference between letting the babe calm down, fuss, resettle, etc., and actually crying it out.