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When to put 9 week old to bed?

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I'm not trying to "schedule" my babe but I would like to put him to bed at the same time every night. That's what we've been doing but he goes to bed with me at 9:30 or so, then nurse to sleep. He wakes 2 or so hours later for another short chow time and again around 5-6 am. I'd like to start putting him to bed before I go to bed at around 8 or so. If I do this will he wake up for the morning at 3am or something? Also he usually has a 5 hour stretch of sleep when I first put him down now. I hate to waste that watching tv with dh, ykwim? I'd like to get that sleep too?

What do you think? I guess I could give it a try and see how he takes it.

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The best advice I can give you is: watch your baby. See when your baby gets sleepy/tired, make sure you prepare the environment so that it's conducive to sleep, and record it on paper. This also counts for daytime naps. By around three months of age (sometimes a little later) you'll see a definite pattern in baby's own biological clock.

Based on what you find, you can then work your routine around it.

At nine weeks he's probably still too young for you to notice a definite sleeping pattern, but I would just put him to bed whenever he's sleepy (watch for head-bobbing, yawns, fussiness, rubbing eyes).

My baby happens to have the same sleeping pattern that I do -- goes to bed at 11 p.m., wakes up at 9 a.m. Most likely that will change in the near future, with school and all.

Good luck!
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