Ok gals, just wanting to poll your opinions yet again. DD still eats every two hours. We're having such a difficult time getting her to take naps of any kind during the day, and it seems she always wants to nurse to sleep, even if she just ate within the hour. She has started going to bed between 7:30 and 8:00pm each night, then awakening around 4:00am to nurse again. Then she sleeps until around 7:00am. She used to go to bed (starting at around 4 weeks) around 9:00pm and sleep until 5:30am without waking. She is growing and gaining fine. Is she working on lengthening her night sleep? Is she sleepy early because she only naps 1-2 hours during the day? Is is normal for her to still be eating every 2 hours or is this just a habit for her now?
She used to take two naps per day while she was about 10-14 weeks old. Then we took a two week trip to CO, where I desperately tried to keep her on a schedule with moderate success. We returned home, moved, she started teething (though those symptoms are subsiding for now), she went through a growth spurt, and she started to roll over/wiggle herself in circles. Her bedtime is very consistent. I have started to dream-feed her around 10pm, which helped her sleep until 5:30am two nights, but last night she awoke again at 4:30am. Then she slept until nearly 8:00am. Would it help to have a more consistent morning wake time? I really just want to help her nap better during the day. I also don't want to continue nursing every two hours if that's not normal. Help!
From my experience, babies tend to be either great sleepers or great nappers but rarely both. (and then there are those who are neither). I wouldn't wake her in the morning because that may make her overtired which could impact her night sleeping. 8pm to 4 am is NOT something you want to mess with lol. For better naps, blackout drapes and white noise (a fan) helped us. Good luck! Hth
Totally normal and pretty enviable. I found with DS1 who was a horrible night sleeper AND napper, that the more I worried about scheduling nurses and sleep, the worse I felt. Once I let go of all expectations and just went with his flow, we all were happier and slept better.
Maria , wife to A , mama to DS M 8/09 and DS L 6/12
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