and i know from dr. weissbluth's sleep book that at say 8 weeks you push the bedtime up from 10 or 11 to 8ish or just a lot earlier. i never really had to do that since she did it on her own.
since my daughter is such a poor napper on her own i've been really careful to follow the book's suggestions (1-2 hours of wakefulness b4 nap, watch for signs of drowsiness etc..)
now the book is suggesting more of a "schedule" for 4 month olds to get best nightttime sleep (which i want!!!!) which includes a 7pm bedtime and 7am wakeup. (p.s i don't follow the CIO stuff)
here's the question...i don't work, i like to sleep late. i don't have other kids and we don't have to get up early.
anybody have luck with later bedtimes and later wake-ups for little babes???
Both my other kids fell into the early to bed/early to rise when they were about 6-8 months old.
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i also don't read any books about childcare.
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oban goes to sleep (and is very ready) - between 730 and 8pm every night. there is no way he could go longer than that. he wakes twice in the night (1am and 4am) and is up at 6:30am almost like clockwork. although sometimes i bring him into bed and hold him for an extra hour and he sleeps. lol. i can't do a 6:30am wake up!
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I have had girlfriends that had later bedtimes for their babies because it worked better for their families and ended up with kids that "slept in". I would love a baby that slept till 9 or 10am Mostly because I am preggers again and am constantly wanting to nap. I am taking full advantage of the old adage now "nap when the baby naps". If he is sleeping during the day, I am too!
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It's a crazy life!
Now that I'm back to work, he doesn't sleep well during the day so by the time I get home he's exhausted. He falls asleep about 5:30 or 6 then wakes up at 8:30 and thinks its time to play! He's so cute and smiley but I'm exhausted by then. So I just sit quietly and hold him (which he hates, he screams) until he falls asleep again. I'm hoping that I can get him back on some sort of routine but it's not really working. My mom and siblings are staying with us (all 4 of them!) in our already tiny house and I'm almost crazy. But anyway.... my son sleeps about 11 hours at night, only waking up once, and he's usually up by 7:30.
By the time my kids are about a year old though, they reliably are in bed by about 7pm- then up somewhere between 5 am and 7am. I've never thought it terribly healthy to ask kids to sleep past that natural daybreak wake time, so I resign myself to early mornings. I vow revenge when they are teenagers.
ps: i get both kids to bed at the same time; almost always before 8; sometimes we start bedtime baths, etc. routine just after 5 p.m. (although these are "winter hours". summer nights always went later with my first, and i have no doubt they will go later with both kids this year.
but i do let her stay in bed with me in the morning if a want a little more time. sometimes she just babbles instead of sleeping (she's a big loudmouth sometimes!) but i figure lounging in bed semi-awake is better than getting up.
btw...i'm jealous of all of you with the awesome long nighttime sleepers. ada pulls a 6-8 hour stretch on good nights and i considered myself really lucky.
Nothing even approaching a schedule here.
If he goes to sleep before 9, we'll be up at 4 for the day. So if he's looking drowsy around 7 or so, we either get really active, or I get ready for bed knowing that tomorrow's going to be tough.
And days like today make all those "experts" and their "advice" look like total fools. He's been up since 7:30, with no nap longer than 15 minutes. He's been down about 20 right now, and I'm crossing my fingers he makes it to 30 so I can actually eat my lunch in peace (yes, it's almost 3 and I'm just now getting lunch). There's no earthly reason I can come up with why he hasn't taken a nap, I know he's tired, but there it is.
I'm not holding out hope for anything approaching a sleep schedule anytime soon.
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