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Should I actually be purposely laying Madalyn down for naps throughout the day? Right now, she does not sleep during the day, but by about 3:00pm, she gets pretty cranky ... I wonder if she's overtired. But she also sleeps pretty good at night, so I don't want to mess that up!
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Beaux is exactly the same way. I could lay him down for naps but he wouldn't go to sleep lol. I have read its pointless to try to get them on a schedule tell they are 3 months so I am waiting tell then to try.
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Glad you asked this, I've had the same question. Right now it seems like Nora will just sleep when she needs it and will be awake when she doesn't, and there's not a darn thing I can do about it either way. I don't know that trying to put her on a schedule would work now, because she is just all over the place.
The twins make the rules around here...if they want to sleep, they do. If they want to lay on their playmat and screech at the toys, they do. If they're hungry, they get fed. I don't do schedules at this age because their needs are different from day to day. I would just be sure that if they want to sleep they can, and then let them decide what to do.
Man I feel the opposite way! Emmy sleeps most of the day! I think she may be awake 1-2 hrs combined on most days. I've been thinking of mentioning it to the pedi at her next appt in January.
But yeah I don't think they can"learn" a routine until a bit later.
I'm at the mercy of her schedule right now lol...I feel like her routine changes quite a bit and if she feels like a nap she takes it, if not then we have play time. The nights seem to be a mix of waking frequently or getting a nice 4.5 hour chunk somewhere. The hard part is when she gets overtired and wants so badly to sleep but is too cranky to. I'm happy to wait until she's older to try a routine though!
Daytime sleep doesn't become organized until 12-16 weeks so a schedule at this point is pointless. I would, however, put her down for naps throughout the day when she seems like she needs it. Watch for drowsy signs like a decrease activity or zoned out look. Not all babies are obvious with their cues. I've referenced Healthy Sleep Habits, happy Child before. Loved that book, taught me a lot about what to expect with newborns and sleep. According to the book, babies get tired within 1-2 hours of waking. Sleep begets sleep, so I wouldn't worry about daytime sleep interfering with her nights.
Nina, my kids always slept like that when they were little. As long a she is having some alert times and eating enough, I don't think it anything to worry about. Colin is only awake maybe 4 hours a day and he's 9 weeks.
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Jett usually awake from 5:30-6 until I feed him again at 8:45 then sleeps until his next feeding at noon then he'll be awake until 1 then sleep again until his next feeding. He takes little 30-60 min naps here Nd there too. I'm happy with this little pattern because he's in day care with other babies and I know if he's sleeping he's not being neglected . When he was sick the last few days he didn't do his normal thing at all. At day care they have a total routine for the babies, I told them he sleeps when he sleeps and is awake when he wants... They said, ok.... Ha. Glad he chooses to sleep!!
I have been trying to do somewhat of a schedule with Meghan to get her ready for when I go back to work. She wakes about 7-8, then eats & plays, then eats around 10-11 & goes down for nap. Wakes after an hour or two, then I try to get her down for an afternoon nap so I can have some time with dd when she gets off the bus, get dinner ready, etc. We do bath around 9, bottle @ 9:30, lay her down about 10:30. This morning she slept till 5!!!
That being said, yesterday she didn't sleep for more than 20 minutes all day, so I was at her mercy