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What's your baby's schedule like at 6 months?

post #1 of 13
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Hi everyone!  Lurker here with another question.  Forgive me if it's been discussed recently, I haven't been following the forum.

What's does your baby's sleep/nap schedule look like these days?  I just cannot figure it out.  Iris has never been a regular napper, but I really want to get her on a schedule because everything I read tells me routine makes for better sleep.  Two naps or three?  How long is your baby awake between naps?  What time does he/she get up in the am?  Bedtime?  I just need a general idea of where most 6 month olds are at this point.  Thanks!

 

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post #2 of 13

I like the 2-3-4 guideline.  Baby is awake for 2 hours, then nap, then is awake for 3 hours, then nap, then awake for 4 hours then bedtime. 

 

Will has kind of naturally fallen into this "schedule".  At his first signs of tired, or even before, if he's been awake for those amount of hours, I know it's time to start helping him fall asleep.  Our typical day looks like:

 

730ish am- awake for day

 

930ish am - first nap, usually lasts 1.5-2.5 hours

 

1130ish am- wake up

 

230ish pm - afternoon nap, usually lasts 1-1.5 hours

 

4 ish pm- awake

 

8 ish pm bedtime.

 

Nursing has NO schedule, lol!  He nurses every 1-3 hours during the day and off and on pretty much all night.  Hope that helps! 

post #3 of 13

We get up sometime between 8 and 9. He's usually awake for two hours - it just changed from one - and then naps. So hm. Generally around 11, 1, 3, 6 and 9 he takes naps. But it varies.  And he just naps on me so it's nothing official. He just goes to sleep while nursing. I don't care much for schedules, we don't really have them so eh. :)

post #4 of 13

I like the word routine better.

And there's always a goal but it doesn't always get met based on what else we have to do that day.

 

Up for the day around 7, 730.  

If we stay home....

Short nap (usually in arms) around 10 or 11.

Long nap (in cosleeper) around 1 or 2.  Usually last at least an hour, normally 2.  Sometimes 3!!! 

Short nap again depending on when he woke up, usually about 45 min to an hour (usually in arms, sometimes in cosleeper).

Bedtime around 8 or 830. 

First wake up/nurse is usually 1130, if not then I dream feed him when I go to bed (or if I go to bed earlier than that, I'll nurse him then) 

He still wakes at least 2-3 times a night to nurse, usually more like 4-5.  Some nights it's all nursing, some nights not.

 

 

 

post #5 of 13

My guy can't be awake for more than 2-3 hours without turning to an angry monster, so that's when we try to put him down. Fingers crossed... his naps have been 1-2 hours long EACH this last week. But they definitely can be 20 min as well.

 

He goes to bed around 7 and we wake up at 6. On a good night, he wakes to nurse every couple of hours and goes back to sleep. On other nights, he wants to play for an hour long at either 2 or 4am and then go back to sleep.

 

 

post #6 of 13

normally wake up around 5:45, nurse and change, then if she did wake up she goes back to sleep until around 7:30-8

usually a nap around 11, 3-4, and 6-7

bedtime around 9:30-10

we just nurse whenever she wants.

 

i don't know how you guys manage the long naps. we never get more than an hour and that's when i wear her. usually they're 20-30 minutes.

 

post #7 of 13
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i don't know how you guys manage the long naps. we never get more than an hour and that's when i wear her. usually they're 20-30 minutes.

 


I expect nothing, and do nothing different.  Sometimes he sleeps an hour, sometimes 2.  Sometimes he wakes up when I put him down.  I just go with the flow.

My first baby did not sleep.  20 min catnaps, maybe a 40 min nap at most.  In arms or out.  Usually in arms or in a swing.  2nd baby -- different person.  LONG naps.  It's all their sleep personality.

 

post #8 of 13
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I expect nothing, and do nothing different.  Sometimes he sleeps an hour, sometimes 2.  Sometimes he wakes up when I put him down.  I just go with the flow.

My first baby did not sleep.  20 min catnaps, maybe a 40 min nap at most.  In arms or out.  Usually in arms or in a swing.  2nd baby -- different person.  LONG naps.  It's all their sleep personality.

 


thanks for that info. i was really wondering if it's something i had done or was doing! i feel like i am RUNNING all over the house to do stuff during the 20 minutes she naps!
 

 

post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by Baby_Cakes View Post


I expect nothing, and do nothing different.  Sometimes he sleeps an hour, sometimes 2.  Sometimes he wakes up when I put him down.  I just go with the flow.

My first baby did not sleep.  20 min catnaps, maybe a 40 min nap at most.  In arms or out.  Usually in arms or in a swing.  2nd baby -- different person.  LONG naps.  It's all their sleep personality.

 



I have to agree that it is all about the baby and their own sleep personality.

 

So far I've got 2 boys and both sleep like their dad. They love to nap and they are ready to go down for the night by the time the sun sets. They also wake up early and ready to go. I only have sleep issues with them if they get over tired because we've had them out somewhere too long. Maybe the next baby will sleep more like me, and want to stay up late, hate napping and take a long time to wake up in the morning before they can be interacted with. I also dream of the next baby being more tactile like me and actually enjoy sleeping next to me all snuggled up, unlike my boys who can't sleep with anyone else in their space.

 

Our routine has evolved into this recently (he'll be 6 months on the 7th):

 

5am (or there about) up for the start of the day

7-7:30am down for a nap

9-9:30am up from nap

Noon down for nap

2-3pm up from nap (he will usually take a longer nap in the afternoon)

5:30-6pm down for the night

 

His 21 month old brother has gone back to taking 2 naps too and will go for his naps when Seth does. He also goes to bed between 6-6:30pm and will get up at whatever time he hears his brother wake up. This only started last week, as they are now sleeping in the same room. They both have been sleeping all night from only a few months old, and I have a monitor on by my side of the bed so I can hear if either wake up, which so far has only happened once. I'd love to have tactile snuggly babies, but I don't. Neither of them have nursed to sleep since about 8 weeks old, and will only go to sleep after they have been put down in their crib. If I try to have them in bed they just want to play, otherwise I'd be tempted to bring them to bed at 5am so I could get a bit more sleep. But like their daddy they are ready to start their day at stupid o'clock in the morning. However I know it is actually a blessing to have them want to be on the same schedule as each other, even if it isn't the one I'd choose for myself.

post #10 of 13
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His 21 month old brother 


bigeyes.gif  He is 21 months old already!?  Oh my gosh.  You know, our new babies are growing so fast, but our older kids are growing even FASTER!  You're going to have a 2 year old soon, Lyn!  OMGosh!

It sounds like a blessing and a curse to have such "good sleepers", though.  I can hear in your post how frustrating it is for you.  Who knows, maybe your next baby will be your snuggly sleeps in arms only baby. love.gif

post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by nettles View Post


thanks for that info. i was really wondering if it's something i had done or was doing! i feel like i am RUNNING all over the house to do stuff during the 20 minutes she naps!
 

 


This is ME! I do not get more than 20-30 minutes unless I'm holding him. I am like - laundry in, grab a quick bite to eat and usually before I'm done eating it, he's awake!! None of my kids have been good sleepers unless they were attached to a boob or at least being held.
post #12 of 13

Oh, man, I feel for all of you who have 20 minute nappers.  My first was like that, at had to be held for every single nap, but since he was my only one it wasn't a huge deal.  This time I am so thankful that DS2 will take a 2 hour morning nap every day, in his crib, so I can do stuff with my big boy and get some things done.  I use that time to sweep, vacuum, do laundry, clean the kitchen, and I usually do all my dinner prep at that time too so in the evenings dinner is all ready to get thrown together!  I don't know what I'd do without that time!

post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by Baby_Cakes View Post


bigeyes.gif  He is 21 months old already!?  Oh my gosh.  You know, our new babies are growing so fast, but our older kids are growing even FASTER!  You're going to have a 2 year old soon, Lyn!  OMGosh!

It sounds like a blessing and a curse to have such "good sleepers", though.  I can hear in your post how frustrating it is for you.  Who knows, maybe your next baby will be your snuggly sleeps in arms only baby. love.gif


It does seem to be going by so fast Carrie. The "good sleepers" issue is a blessing, I know it is and that I should be happy that they do that all by themselves. But I really miss being able to snuggle with them. Even Seth will fuss if I hold him for more than 5 or 10 minutes. They both have so much energy and just want to be on the go, not in my arms, and they will not go to sleep being held no matter how tired they are. Its great that they get so much sleep, but at the same time I cannot be out of the house with them when they are starting to get tired, as they want put down in their cribs to sleep. Since Seth is still only up for 2 hours at most at a time and he needs fed and changed, then Aiden fed & changed, and then both loaded into the stroller or car before we can go anywhere it never leaves much time to actually be out. On a good day I might get a half hour walk, and if we are out doing errands (like grocery shopping) we can only go to one place before it is time to come home and put them down for a nap. At the same time though I know it is rare for a mama with a baby this young to be getting enough sleep, and most nights I get all the sleep I need, so I'm not so exhausted these days.

 

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