Originally Posted by Baby_Cakes
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.