Now, he seems to need less sleep during the night and he's going for longer periods without wanting to nap. So at this age, I'm guessing he can handle more time awake?
My question is, do you follow any kind of schedule? I find it hard to follow the clock with BFing, and even though he doesn't really feed on demand anymore during the day, he still does at night which makes his first daytime feeding vary. Do you try to schedule naps to be at the same time every day? I was going by what time he woke up, for example, if he woke up at 8am he would have his first nap at 10am. He did really well with that, but now, he's just not tired after 2 hours. Do you think it's better to just follow his cues and put him down when he seems tired?
I'm worried that he doesn't have a "predictable" routine. I was really trying to do things in the same order every day, but now that naps are all out of whack I don't know what to do...he still varies wildly in how often he wants to nurse, so scheduling that is just useless, but should I schedule other things?
Mom to Kevin, : born naturally 4-7-10
Wakes around 5:30. Up w/DH at 6, while I sleep. Nurse and back down around 8 for 1/2 hr nap. If he doesn't go down, we go for a walk and he normally falls asleep in the mei tai. Up, play, run errands, whatever, and nurse back down at 11. Normally he sleeps til 2, but wakes 2-3 times and I nurse him back to sleep. More play, errands, etc. Lights get turned down around 6, bath at 7, nurse to sleep around 730.
I take it day by day though, according to him and it does change a lot! I'm thinking of switching to 2 naps, if only he could sleep longer!!!
Just put him down when he's tired. If he isn't when it's the usual nap time, we just carry him around as we do chores or whatever and put him down when he's about to fall asleep on our shoulders.
ETA -- Oh, and we don't schedule feeding at all. I don't even track it. Annoys our pediatrician to no end when she wants to know how often he nurses.
She was pretty consistent about the timing for a couple of weeks (10am and 2pm naps like clockwork, so I didn't even have to wait for signs of tiredness, I could just lay her down and she'd conk out). But the schedule has been weird this week so I've just been following her cues.
The only part of our schedule that isn't nap driven is dinner time. She usually gets tired right around the time dh is getting home and we're eating dinner. But, she (and we) just have to suffer through the grumpy time so that we can eat before going to bed.
Shanti- Momma to Astrid Mathilde (3/14/10) and expecting a new addition (3/27/12)!
7:30am wakes and nurses (she at this point been cosleeping and nursing on and off since 2am )
8am actuall get outta bed gets a little yogurt with cereal and fruit
9:30ish nurses then naps
12pm up from nap nurses
12-2 up playing helping mommy ect if there is an errend I try to do it at this time..
2/2:15ish pm nurses (shes pretty much asks around this time but if not I offer)
2:30ish she gets a chance for some fruit
2:40 leave to go get older DD from school
3:30ish back home nurses
3:30-5:00 rest period I take her with me and have her lay down if shes not tired mommy certaintly is, DD1 uses the time to unwind play outside sometimes joins us ect..
5pm nurses (I'll offer)
5-6 pm I get dinner ready baby helps
6pmish dinner baby gets some form of solids..
after shes gets cleaned up bathed if a bath night in her jammies and Nursed once more
Bedtime by 7:30 ussualy by 7pm
sleeps in her crib till around 2am then joins me and cosleeps/ nurses till morning...
This current baby might be a little different. He sleeps later in the morning (usually until 8ish or so), so for him, he might go to 2 naps earlier. Plus, that 11-1 nap stage is killer. Too early for the others to have rest time, and it's in the middle of stuff we want to do. I'll probably aim for this:
bedsharing, knitting, toddler-nursing, nerdy, babywearing mama!
I am jealous of you mamas that say your kiddo only stays awake for 2 hours at a time. That has not been the case here.
Holly and David
Adaline (3/20/10), and Charlie (1/26/12- 4/10/12) and our identical twins Callie and Wendy (01/04/13)
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