Is your baby sleeping and/or eating on a particular schedule? Right now Atticus wakes up every 2-3 hours during the night. We're cosleeping, and exclusively breastfeeding. I'm trying to figure out when he should start sleeping in longer chunks. Do I impose that on him? Will he adjust on his own? He's 5 and a half weeks old right now.
Ha. Schedule. NO. No, he is not. I would love for him to be, but I don't have the heart (or really, the desire) to try to impose one on him. I imagine it would involve a great deal of screaming and frustration. OTOH, Baby Bird *does* sometimes sleep anywhere from 4-7 hours at night. Though last night he was up every two and a half. I'm dreading tonight because I'm already sleep-deprived and dh isn't here, either. Anyway, he started sleeping more around 3 or 4 weeks. But it totally varies from baby to baby, from what I've heard. I do hope to get him on a little bit of a schedule someday, but 6 weeks is just too young, IMHO. Especially since I don't have any specific reason (like going back to work) to impose one on him.
I let my baby set the sleep schedule. I keep all blinds and windows open during the day for lots of natural sunlight and make sure the household is never abnormally tip toe around quiet. I say that since I know some people who are super quiet when baby is napping. The first sleep of the night usually starts around 9pm. My baby is older than yours and has slept through the night (as defined by 5 hours), but he usually does not. But that is totally normal not to sleep through the night yet.
I liked these links about sleep
http://kellymom.com/parenting/nighttime/sleepstudies/ - 84% of babies do not sleep through the night by 6 months
As far as eating, I feed him when he wants to eat.
Quinn basically sets her own schedule here too, but there is some consistency to it. Her big sleep is currently in the morning, after her big poop, she sleeps from approximately 8:30am - 1 or 2pm. Then afternoon and evening is a cycle of sleep and awake, but a pretty high contact time, and usually another poop. By 8:30-9pm she is ready for her "night time" sleeping routine. She sleeps until around 1am and wakes up for a diaper change and quick feeding. If I don't change her diaper then she won't go back to sleep. She then sleeps until 4:30 and stays awake longer, eating on both sides with a diaper change in the middle. I usually fall back asleep before she does at this time. She wakes up again at 7ish for some feeding and big poop.
When she was just a couple of weeks old she slept one night for five hours and the next night for six hours. I bragged about it and then she never did it again. I should probably start going to sleep at 9pm with her, but she is so high touch in the evenings, that I need the time to get stuff done around the house, so I usually stay up until 11 or midnight. I wish I could slide that long morning sleep period to overnight, but at the same time, I'm able to get a decent amount of work done around the house in the morning.
Lyle started sleeping for about 5 or 6 hours between midnight and 6 (ISH, give or take an hour here or there) around six weeks.
That said, he went to bed "early" last night at 10, and then woke up at 2, and again at 6. So there are no rules, man! :)
I swear he sensed my anxiety. I happened upon a discussion of the "4 month sleep regression" and I got FREAKED out. Four months is when our pediatrician promised us colic would get better, so for him to stop sleeping longer stretches at that time seems SO unfair. But it seems like the sleep regression doesn't happen to everyone.
Anyone heard of this or experienced it?
Lu sets her schedule, too. She typically sleeps from 10p-2a, then gets up every 2-3hrs after that. She eats and plays a bit then goes down for a nap around 10a for 3 hrs and again around 3p for 2hrs. Sometimes she has an evening nap around 7p but not always. Weekends can be tough because we don't follow our usual routine at home. She seems to have periods of cluster feeding and just wants to be held. When we go off schedule, it takes her about 24hrs to reset to her normal. So we try to stick to it. The routine is definitely a must.
I don't impose schedules here. My son woke up to nurse every 1 1/2 to 2 hours for 2 1/2 years. ;) So - he never really "slept through the night" until we nightweaned at 2 1/2. He would randomly sleep in 4 hour chunks, but those were the exception. Baby M, on the other hand, has always slept in 3 hour chunks since she was born. Every baby is different and there really isn't a "normal" in my experience. It just depends on the parent and what s/he/ they decide is right for their situation and family.
We don't have a schedule, though I'm hoping Piper sort of imposes one on herself soon. The problem we run into is that I don't have a predictable schedule for work and such... some days I have meetings, other days I don't... so it's hard to create a routine during the day. We've tried to be consistent at night though. We swaddle and change her diaper at 9:30 and then I nurse her until we go to bed around 11. She sleeps until around 4 or 5 (on good days... sometimes it's less) when she nurses and then it's usually 2 or three hours after that she feeds again. I also need to get a more consistent morning routine, but I've basically been sleeping in when I want to, which might not be good for her napping consistently later. We'll just play it by ear for now I guess.
Wow, sounds like most people's babies are on way more than a "schedule" than mine - even if it is the schedule of their own choosing. I never know what each day will bring with this little guy! For awhile, I could consistently expect him to wake up between 2-4 AM to eat, but even that's been thrown out the window lately.